Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Intelligence and Achievement


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

Teaching is not just about the grade level or the content being imparted to students. It is also about knowing the students and meeting their needs. In Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Intelligence and Achievement, Dr. Joyce Juntune explains how students raised in poverty struggle with verbal skills, which are essential for success in an academic setting. If these needs are not addressed, students will not be able to truly engage with content or progress academically. In this course, Dr. Juntune explains the issues in depth and provides recommendations for how to address the achievement gap and help students with low verbal skills toward success.

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There are many complex reasons why students from low-income backgrounds struggle academically. The verbal intelligence gap between low-income students and the rest of their peers demonstrates the effect of all those reasons. Low-income students struggle with verbal memory and lack the verbal skills of middle-class students. When these students cannot remember instructions and they lack the verbal skills to recount information, it makes sense that they would struggle academically.

In Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Intelligence and Achievement, Dr. Joyce Juntune explores the reasons and the effects of the gap in verbal skills for students raised in poverty. She explains three skills that will help to bridge this gap: using nonverbal skills to build verbal skills (mindsketching), building complex language, and building verbal memory.

In this 1-hour course, teachers will learn about:

  • The achievement gap and students in poverty
  • How intelligence and achievement are related
  • Problems caused by verbal/nonverbal intelligence gaps

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19 reviews for Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Intelligence and Achievement

  1. Paul – KILLEEN ISD (verified owner)

    It was very informative and refreshing.

  2. Becky – ALICE ISD (verified owner)

    This course really explained how students that are economically disadvantaged have a difficult time making up the verbal intelligence and why teachers miss the most important part of working with those students to help them catch up.

  3. Kenneth – FORT STOCKTON ISD (verified owner)


  4. Gloria – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Presentation was well planned and delivered

  5. Elizabeth – Bexley City Schools (verified owner)

    Information provided was clear. Would like to have been provided with more practical strategies to implement as a teacher.

  6. Silvia – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Great Course I really learned a lot. The data was an eye opener.

  7. Mayra – SAN BENITO CISD (verified owner)


  8. Esperanza – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    As a teacher of children of poverty, this seminar has completely validated what I have always said about my kids, especially my second language learners.

  9. maria – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

    relevant to my students (low social economic area)

  10. Rachel – PFLUGERVILLE ISD (verified owner)

    This was a great refresher course.

  11. Melody – Springfield City School District (verified owner)

    I am glad to see that research has been done and given to educators in a way that will help our students who are living in poverty.

  12. Melinda – VAN WERT CITY (verified owner)

    I was hoping for more strategies to help with the verbal intelligence. It was informational but wasn’t what I was looking for.

  13. Clarinda – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    This is a very helpful course

  14. Marsha – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    Really gives you a lot of info to think about & consider.

  15. Jodie – LAREDO ISD (verified owner)

    The course was extremely informative and discussed methods that can be used to close achievement gaps.

  16. Gynna – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

    very informative.

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

    Very useful

  18. Rene – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)

    This is an important educational topic that does not get the necessary time and attention by many.

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

    I always enjoy training led by Dr. Juntune. She brings such varied experiences and research to her presentations.

  20. TOMASA – SAN FELIPE-DEL RIO CISD (verified owner)

    I rate this course as a 4. Very helpful information.

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