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

If students cannot remember what they are being taught, then they cannot learn. While this is a rather obvious statement, it holds the key to academic success for students from low-income backgrounds. Research has shown that verbal memory is an area where these students lag behind their peers, making it difficult for them to keep up with day-to-day learning tasks. This compounds into big achievement gaps over time. In Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Developing Memory, Dr. Joyce Juntune equips teachers with knowledge and classroom activities to help these students grow their memory capacity.

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School is for the most part verbal. It makes sense that students whose verbal memory skills are deficient would struggle. Research shows that is exactly the case for students raised in poverty. They tend to score strong in nonverbal intelligence but lower than their peers in verbal intelligence and verbal skills. In the classroom, this means they have a hard time remembering instructions, and they struggle to remember content.

The first step in building verbal intelligence is to help students develop memory skills. In Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Developing Memory, Dr. Joyce Juntune imparts practical knowledge and easy-to-implement memory activities. These strategies help students learn how to remember things, build on their natural memory skills, and help them build capacity in the classroom.

In this 1-hour course, teachers will learn:

  • The connection between memory and building intelligence Strategies for developing memory
  • Memory activities such as sketching and sequencing

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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20 reviews for Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty – Developing Memory

  1. Denise – Private Pay (verified owner)

    Great information on helping students to develop memory and memory skills!

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

    I always look forward to Dr. Juntune’s presentations, and I recommend them to my colleagues.

  3. Marcy – PLANO ISD (verified owner)

    Interesting informatiom

  4. Anabel – DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD (verified owner)


  5. Kayla – ALAMO HEIGHTS ISD (verified owner)

    Great full course on closing the gap.

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

    Very helpful.

  7. Gynna – MCALLEN ISD (verified owner)


  8. Leticia – SCHERTZ-CIBOLO-U CITY ISD (verified owner)

    Great course with great things to implement to help my students build verbal intelligence!

  9. Dawn – LUBBOCK ISD (verified owner)

    This was a great course and reminder that some kids need to have ways and strategies that will help them even our poverty students.

  10. Dionna – ECTOR COUNTY ISD (verified owner)

    The memory ideas are great activities to implement into the classroom for all students!

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