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

Presenter Bio

Dr. Joyce Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University, and she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. She has focused the majority of her career on the areas of intelligence and gifted and talented education. Dr. Juntune has served as the executive director for the National Association for Gifted Children and the Institute for Applied Creativity at Texas A&M University. 

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

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

    Good information on building verbal intelligence

  2. 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.

  3. Kayla – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    This was very informational.

  4. Patricia – SPRING ISD (verified owner)

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

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

    useful knowledge

  6. Yvette – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)

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

  7. Annette – HILLSBORO ISD (verified owner)

    Many practical ideas

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

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

  9. Priscilla – DALLAS ISD (verified owner)

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

  10. maria – EDINBURG CISD (verified owner)

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

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