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What You Will Learn

The reality for many families in poverty is an intergenerational pattern where unstable and stressful early childhood environments lead to poor academic readiness and behavioral issues; culminating in higher dropout rates, crime convictions and teen pregnancies. In fact, low-income students are 4.5 times more likely to drop out of high school. Yet, the situation is not hopeless.

During this 90-minute webinar, Bryan Harris, Ed.D. will explore impacts of poverty on students and reveal techniques and strategies educators can use to help these students overcome obstacles, gain confidence and succeed academically. Attendees will gain an understanding of how being from a low socio-economic stratum can affect the brain’s development and function. But, brains can and do change and Dr. Harris will reveal how educators can facilitate that change.

Discover why traditional methods of teaching may not work with this segment of students due to acute or chronic stress. And how cognitive skill development, as well as emotional support, can help these students succeed. Learn why it’s critical to give economically disadvantaged students increasing levels of control over their lives at school and to help them develop coping and resiliency skills. Explore techniques to improve vocabulary, working memory and reading skills. Attendees will come away with an understanding of how the lack of attunement in these students prevents them from learning appropriate emotional responses. You’ll leave this webinar with techniques to teach students how to respond appropriately in class.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know how poverty affects a student’s brain development and function
    • Structure
    • Cognitive abilities
  • Understand the effects of acute and/or chronic stress on students from poverty
  • Discover how giving students more control at school can help
  • See the connections between ACEs, poverty and academic difficulties
  • Discern the skills that matter most for academic success and learn how to improve them in students from lower socio-economic strata
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of working memory to learning and get tools to help your students improve theirs
  • Know the 3 emotional keys
    • Attunement
    • Attachment
    • Emotional punctuation


You Will Also Receive

The $49 registration fee includes a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant the afternoon prior to the webinar.


Benefits from Taking this Webinar
  • Valuable Information – From a nationally known speaker with a reputation for providing insightful and useful information.
  • Inexpensive – Eliminate travel arrangements and travel expenses that you would ordinarily need to expend to attend a professional seminar such as this one.
  • Efficient – No need to spend time arranging for and traveling to this seminar
  • Access PowerPoint™ Visuals – as Bryan Harris, Ed.D. progresses through the seminar. A copy of the PowerPoint™ presentation slides will be available to you upon registration.
  • Reproducibles – Handouts and worksheets will be available to you, upon registration.

Potential Funding

Research-based, outcome-based continuing education opportunities from Developmental Resources may qualify for funding under Title 1 Part A Targeted Assistance Program Grants; Title II Part A Improving Teacher Quality Grants; Perkins Professional Technical Education Grants as well as other federal, state and local sources. Requirements vary from state to state. Contact your local administrator.


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Group Discounts

Available for attendees from the same school system or private practice.

3-5 Attendees 10% off
6-9 Attendees 15% off
10-19 Attendees 20% off
20+ Attendees 25% off
Unlimited Access CD
The pre-recorded webinar on CD will be shipped to you for unlimited viewing.
$295

In order to be eligible for group discounts, we must receive ALL registrations at the SAME time.

RECORDED: Single-Use Webinar
Grade Levels: K-12

RECORDED DVD
Grade Levels: K-12

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Bryan Harris, Ed.D.
About the Presenter

Bryan Harris, Ed.D. has served as a classroom teacher, an elementary school principal and a district level director. Currently, Dr. Harris works full time as a consultant, speaker, trainer and author. He has trained over 18,000 educators in powerful and effective strategies that increase student engagement and achievement and is known for engaging presentations and trainings that demonstrate relevant and practical strategies. Dr. Harris is the author of five books including the popularBattling Boredom. Dr. Harris earned his doctorate from Bethel University after studying factors impacting new teacher retention.