Presenters: Mike Crabtree, TopTenn Educational Consulting
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1D; Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, 2B, 2C; Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C;Learning Environment 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D; Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6B, 6C, 6D

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Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

What’s the best way to help economically disadvantaged learners in school? In this one-hour session from TopTenn Educational Consulting, Mike Crabtree discusses how to build relationships with students and parents affected by poverty. When you complete this course, you’ll understand how to inspire students to catch up and excel in their learning opportunities.

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Teaching kids and working with families in poverty have been a constant in our educational communities. Economically disadvantaged students are often faced with additional learning struggles. So how can educators help to close the gaps?

Schools have a more powerful impact and deeper reach than any other social institution to make a difference with this important group. Together, we will learn and develop our own plan to disrupt poverty and help students thrive!

In this 1-hour course, you will learn:

  • How poverty affects students’ learning
  • How to help economically disadvantaged students
  • Why building relationships is necessary
  • The 4 building blocks of good relationships
  • How to work with families in poverty

Presenter Bio

Mike has gained a wealth of professional experiences and insights that he now shares with others through his consulting venture. He concluded a 30-year career in Blount County Schools – nestled between Knoxville, TN, and the Great Smoky Mountains.
Over the years, he has served as a Gifted teacher and a Special Education and Title Administrator. He spent five years as an Assistant Director of Schools and over 20 years as a building-level administrator, including many as a middle school Principal.
Mike is a first-generation college graduate from a rural, working-class factory town. His early years and professional career have also given him experiences and a passion for working with the economically disadvantaged. His accent is authentic, by the way.


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