On July 18th teachers, administrators and staff took part in a Community Action Poverty Simulation during a Professional Development Summer Work four-day study of Poverty. Approximately 40 Pioneer employees and CA BOCES ISS Staff took part in a simulated month of poverty. Teachers were assigned to family groups while administration, staff and CA BOCES employees supported the families as Community Resource Personnel. In addition, one member of the Community Resources Personnel is a Cattaraugus County Community Action (CCA) Representative. The CCA supports families that struggle to meet their family’s needs of food, clothing and shelter with an extensive list of services and a friendly helpful hand to complete forms and navigate the resources available. You can find out more about Community Action in your county or New York State at the sites listed below.
During the four-day study of Poverty teachers explored strategies and mindsets to adopt in their classrooms and buildings. The four-day study included the work of Eric Jensen in his books, “Poor Students, Rich Teaching” and “Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind”. Teachers were encouraged to find instructional strategies that engage students of all levels of socioeconomic status. Among the ideas teachers considered are: training working memory, using movement and music, adopting an attitude of optimism and gratitude, using cooperative learning and classroom discussions.
If you are interested in a Poverty Simulation for your building/district or would like professional development for your staff around teaching students of poverty please contact Tim Clarke, Kathleen Agnello, Jillian Putnam, Karen Insley or Brendan Keiser.
By: Karen Insley, CA BOCES Professional Development