A Framework for Understanding Poverty Workshops and Seminars

An inclusive training program about economic reality for schools, educators and allied staff.

A Framework for Understanding Poverty Workshops and Seminars

The realities of your economic circumstance impacts on your behaviour. Individuals accustomed to economic poverty think and act differently from people in the middle and upper economic circumstances.

In an educational setting, this can often make both teaching and learning challenging. For students to achieve, educators must understand their ‘hidden rules’ and teach the ‘rules’ that will help them be successful at school and at work.

A Framework for Understanding Poverty workshops and training seminars are designed to provide tools for educators dealing with children from varied economic realities, to understand the hidden rules that govern behaviour. These rules, because they are hidden, prove to be a major stumbling block for students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

School leaders will learn ways to improve whole school approaches to alleviate disadvantage and engage the school community. Teachers who attend this course will learn practical strategies for improving relationships with, and the learning opportunities of, students who are socially and/or financially disadvantaged.

This training is designed for:

Primary and Secondary principals, year level coordinators, curriculum coordinators, classroom teachers, school welfare staff, school nurses, school support staff and teacher aides.

Workshops and training seminars

A Framework for Understanding Poverty – 10 Actions to Educate Students training provides new understandings about:

  • the key points of Ruby Payne’s A Framework for Understanding Poverty as they are essential to understanding the overall message of this work
  • Relationships – how to build and maintain relationships of mutual respect
  • Hidden Rules – how behaviour and language can cause disconnects.
  • Language Registers – how language can determine your access to opportunity
  • Cognitive Learning – how abstract process and mental models work
  • Voices – how a collegiate tool for clear communication can help to preserve relationships.
  • Resource Analysis – how a practical tool for understanding the resources that students have access to can provide a tool for conferencing and case management.
  • Family Structures – understanding the isolating effect of complex families on young people.

Supplemental Training

Classroom Strategies

This supplemental training expands upon the 10 Actions to Educate Students training to provide practical classroom strategies to support under-resourced students. It provides strategies in the following areas:

  • Levels of Cognitive Processing – features a practical demonstration of what happens when our students learn/think.
  • Mediating Learning – promotes deeper understanding of Feuerstein’s cognitive research and abstract processing.
  • Mental Models – demonstrates how to increase student understanding, processing and narrow the “achievement gap”.
  • Planning and Goal Setting – develops planning strategies for students success.
  • Questioning – provides strategies for students to know what they know and question what they don’t.
  • Discipline Interventions – fosters understanding of practices that restore positive behaviours.

Training Resources

A Framework for Understanding Poverty

A Framework for Understanding Poverty:
A Cognitive Approach, Sixth Edition

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

A Framework for Understanding Poverty: 10 Actions to Educate Students

A Framework for Understanding Poverty: 10 Actions to Educate Students — Workbook

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D.

Research-Based Strategies: Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Under-Resourced Students, Revised Edition

Research-Based Strategies: Narrowing the Achievement Gap for Under-Resourced Students

Ruby K. Payne, Ph.D., and Bethanie H. Tucker, Ed.D.

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