Why Should I Enroll in this E-Course?

This E-Course is designed to increase educators’ awareness of poverty's impact on students’ social-emotional, academic, and behavioral performance. Educators will explore current research on brain development, neuroplasticity, and strategies that can help bridge the gap from poverty to purpose. In addition, educators will receive practical classroom strategies and tips for combatting poverty’s adverse influence on student achievement.

This E-course provides attendees with unlimited access to this PD for 20 days. This takes sustained professional development to the highest level.


Numerous studies indicate the adverse impact that poverty can have on the social well-being, physical health, and mental health of students. These studies also confirm several negative outcomes associated with poverty, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences (Baez et al., 2019; Felitti et al., 1998; Larkin, Felitti, & Anda, 2014). Yet, when it comes to educating impoverished youth, the field of education seems to lack the sensitivity and compassion that is often a by-product of awareness. If anyone needs to understand the impact of poverty as a traumatic experience, it is educators. According to Klein (2015), approximately half of all students in America attend school in “high poverty” districts. Therefore, every educator in America needs to understand research-based approaches for supporting students impacted by poverty.

How is the course structured?

With 20 days of unlimited access to this presentation, attendees will have more than enough time to dive deep into the research about the adverse impact of poverty on student behavior and achievement. Through a series of (25) self-paced lectures, averaging less than five minutes per lecture, attendees will review the latest research on poverty’s detrimental impact on the whole child.

This online course is formatted to be both digestible and robust. All who enroll will grasp a more complete understanding of the poverty, the chronic stress and trauma associated with it, and its negative impact on student behavior and achievement.

How will learning be assessed?

Attendees will have an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned via formative assessments embedded into the course. Each quiz assesses the attendees' comprehension of the concepts discussed in the lectures. At the conclusion of this course, attendees will also have an opportunity to complete a brief survey to indicate the effectiveness of this course.

What can attendees expect to gain from this course?

·       Attendees will have up to 20 days to gain a more complete and comprehensive understanding of poverty.

·      Attendees will be able to identify different expressions of poverty.

·      Attendees will better understand poverty-induced stress.

·      Attendees will be exposed to some of the latest research on poverty’s adverse impact on student’s health, social-emotional well-being, and cognitive functioning.

·      Attendees will also receive (5) practical classroom strategies for supporting students impacted by poverty and trauma.

How do I enroll large groups?

There are several packages available for group enrollment including:

1.    Small Group Package - Up to 10 educators

2.    Medium Group Package - Up to 25 educators

3.    Large Group Package - Up to 60 educators

For schools or districts desiring to enroll groups larger than 60 educators, please email [email protected]

Contact Us

For inquiries related to Purpose Pushers Academy, pricing, and/or content, please email [email protected]

Course Curriculum

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  From Poverty to Purpose: Supporting Students Impacted by Poverty and Trauma
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  Poverty Overview
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  Poverty's Impact on Families, Physical Health, and Social-emotional Well-being
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  Poverty, the Brain, and Special Education
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  When Theory Meets Praxis...
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  (5) Strategies for Supporting Impoverished Students
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"Build Capacity. Inspire Purpose."

Jahkari “JT” Taylor is an award-winning educator, researcher, instructional coach, author, entrepreneur, and highly-sought after speaker. He has presented across the state of Virginia and Maryland at K-12 schools, colleges/universities, and professional conferences. Throughout his career, he has won numerous awards including the Iota Phi Lambda Emerald Educator Award, Teacher of the Year for Oscar Smith High School, and Overall City-Wide Teacher of the Year for Chesapeake Public Schools. In 2019, JT was selected as an ASCD Emerging Leader for the 2019 cohort.

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Improved Instruction

Teachers have reported that instructional coaching has improved the quality of their instruction (Charner & Medrich, 2017).

Additional Instructional Tools

Teachers have also self-reported that their knowledge of research-based strategies increased as a result of receiving instructional coaching (Charner & Medrich, 2017)

Improved Collective Efficacy

Additionally, teachers have expressed a new interest in professional learning to improve their craft as a result of instructional coaching (Charner & Medrich, 2017).