ASCD Publishes Eric Jensen’s Book about Engagement Strategies to Help Students in Poverty Succeed

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

In this crucial follow-up to the best-selling book Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids’ Brains and What Schools Can Do About It, Jensen emphasizes the strong and significant correlation between engagement and achievement. He reveals how educators can master engagement and use it to help students of low socioeconomic status excel.

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind challenges teachers to set a new bar: to reach more students in more engaging and profound ways. Jensen presents engagement strategies that tell teachers specifically how to

  • Expand cognitive capacity to enable students to reach high goals. 
  • Increase motivation and effort. 
  • Build deep, enduring understanding of content. 
  • Improve classroom behaviors. 
  • Foster powerfully positive attitudes and mind-sets in both students and themselves.

The book also explores the seven core engagement factors that are strongly tied to socioeconomic status and form the rationale behind the strategies in this book: health and nutrition, vocabulary, effort and energy, mind-set, cognitive capacity, relationships, and stress level.

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