Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Building Complex Language


Presenter: Joyce Juntune
T-TESS Domain:  Planning 1.1, Planning 1.4, Instruction 2.1, Instruction 2.2, Instruction 2.4
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

Developing verbal intelligence is what makes the difference between academic success and failure for students raised in poverty. Most of these students score well in nonverbal intelligence but well below their peers in verbal intelligence. In Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Building Complex Language, Dr. Joyce Juntune helps teachers identify how building complex language helps students develop their nonverbal skills into verbal skills, which is the key to helping them towards academic achievement.

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When working with students from a low-income community, Dr. Joyce Juntune discovered that some of the students didn’t know the word for "train" or how to describe what it did — even though the train tracks ran through the middle of their neighborhood! This clearly demonstrated the challenges these students faced. No one had described or explained to them a prominent feature of their lives, so they did not possess the language to express it themselves.

In Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Building Complex Language, Dr. Juntune equips teachers with activities and simple strategies to help students build complex language skills. Activities such as sketching and 10-minute bulletin boards can be incorporated into many different curriculum areas.

In this 1-hour course, teachers will learn:

  • Why having a complex language structure is essential to academic achievement
  • Strategies for building complex language

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29 reviews for Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Building Complex Language

  1. Angela – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    Finally, a validation of verbalization/conversation to activate and expand schema!!!

  2. Arnold – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    This course was very informative and the presenter was well prepared.

  3. Jordan – NEDERLAND ISD (verified owner)

    good insight

  4. Armando – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  5. Becky – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    This definitely gave me a better understanding of how to help my students who are low achievers. I will definitely be using the sketching and verbalizing daily in my class.

  6. Rosario – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Very informative!

  7. Emily – ROCK HILL LOCAL (verified owner)

    Seemed lengthy but full of info.

  8. Karla – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)


  9. Silvia – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    I really liked the idea about using the walls for instruction.

  10. enrique – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)

    excellent course !

  11. Amber – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    This was a great course to offer ideas to help low socioeconomic status students become more verbal in vocabulary and language use.

  12. Guadalupe – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    I liked it, very useful and it presented its case on verbal intelligence very well and gave me a great sense of purpose for understanding and implementing strategies to build verbal intelligence.

  13. Amber – HALLETTSVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    Very interesting

  14. Mayra – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)


  15. Brenda – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Great presentation.

  16. Scarlet – Aldine ISD (verified owner)

    Is grate, because it help us with ideas to how to help our student to build vocabulary.

  17. Thomas – Springfield City School District (verified owner)

    Great ideas for student led activities.

  18. Christina – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Dr. Juntune was a great presenter and made the course very interesting.

  19. Bridget – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    Great ideas for elementary teachers. Would like to see this scaled up to a High school classroom.

  20. Patricia – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this course. It helped me to think about how to help my students build their verbal skills.

  21. Pedro – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    It was well organized and to the point.

  22. maria – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    Relatable to the student in low social economic community. Informative and easy listening.

  23. Priscilla – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

    I think this course should be essential for parents and teachers in early childhood.

  24. Summer – Logan-Hocking Local Schools (verified owner)

    This course had a lot of practical strategies, but it was directed primarily at elementary school.

  25. Annette – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    Many practical ideas

  26. Yvette – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    Very informational. A must if working in a low socioeconomic area.

  27. Timothy – TIPP CITY EXEMPTED VILLAGE (verified owner)

    useful knowledge

  28. Patricia – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

    The information was useful. My school has many students with low verbal skills.

  29. Kayla – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    This was very informational.

  30. Tanya – Mobile County School District (verified owner)

    Dr. Juntune’s instruction is the best. I always look for her name as the presenter, and I’m never disappointed.

  31. Kathryn – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    Good information on building verbal intelligence

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