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What Works: From the Perspectives of People Who Have Lived It

A student in poverty is less likely to gain an education today than they were in the 1940s. If a student from poverty makes it to college, only 11 percent leave with a degree and/or certificate of completion. Studies show that 83 percent of students from generational poverty will stay there unless we are able to gain the knowledge and tools needed to meet them where they are, not where we want them to be.

Part of the problem in breaking poverty barriers to education is that most of the research and trainings on poverty are provided by people who have not lived in poverty—generational, working-class, immigrant, situational, or any other type of poverty. Dr. Donna M. Beegle brings an insider perspective of being born into generations of migrant-labor poverty, dropping out of school at age 15 to marry, as well as a doctorate in Educational Leadership. She has researched and worked for 30 years with educators in all 50 states to improve education outcomes.

This set of four interactive trainings are designed to provide the foundation for understanding poverty along with practical, usable tools that allow for immediate action. Dr. Beegle engages the audience with activities and breakout discussions to allow for a deeper dive into how we can make a difference for students and families who live in the crisis of poverty.

SESSIONS

Poverty, Students, Families and Covid-19

The pandemic has illuminated inequities in our systems and driven more students and families into poverty. This module offers insights into the different ways Covid-19 is impacting students in generational, working-class, immigrant, and situational poverty. Covid-19 has also illuminated the racism embedded in our society. Dr. Beegle will share tools that increase our abilities to address the added impacts of the virus on communication, relationships, and education. She will provide concrete strategies for reaching and teaching students living in the crisis of poverty—both virtually and in person.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how the pandemic has increased poverty and what each of us can do to assist students and families

  • Share how the many types of poverty require different approaches to set students up for success

  • Develop measurable actions for breaking poverty and pandemic barriers to education

From 9th Grade Dropout to Doctorate: Breaking Poverty Barriers to Education

After growing up in generational migrant-labor poverty, leaving school at 15 to get married, having two children, and continuing to cope with poverty while being essentially homeless her entire life, Donna Beegle found herself—at 25—with no husband, little education, and limited job skills. Then, in 10 short years, she went from GED to a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She will share her unique insights from having grown up in generational poverty in America and of studying poverty for more than 30 years to help you enhance your knowledge of poverty and develop the understanding to impact the students with whom you work.

Learning Objectives

  • Enhance your knowledge of poverty and the barriers it presents

  • Develop an understanding of how to impact the individuals with whom you work

  • Gain tools and strategies for individual and organizational actions that have proven to improve outcomes

Defining the Many Types of Poverty, Their Impacts, and Tools For Meeting Students and Families Where They Are

In this session, Dr. Beegle will provide participants with a poverty knowledge base necessary for improving successful outcomes for those facing poverty barriers. Participants will gain tools for understanding how the many different life experiences of poverty impact success and what they can do on an individual and organizational level to improve outcomes. Dr. Beegle will provide five concrete tools for improving outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss a deeper understanding of the many types of poverty and how each presents unique obstacles to education

  • Develop a common definition of poverty and a common language to discuss issues with peers and partners

  • Understand how our policies impact each level of poverty

  • Describe five evidence based best practices for improving education success

Shattering the Myths and Removing Stereotypes that Get in the Way of Education Success

In this interactive session, Dr. Beegle provides five keys to how we develop our worldview and fall into labeling. Labels are so pervasive, we often do not know that we have categorized someone. Labels blind us to seeing and hearing the perspectives and experiences of others and reduce productivity. Dr. Beegle will assist participants in better understanding their own attitudes, beliefs and values about poverty, race, and equity. Bias resides mostly in our subconscious minds. Without being conscious, we often say or do things that cause unintentional harm. This interactive session allows participants to be conscious of stereotypes, myths, and judgments. She will also share case studies of school districts and colleges who have gained poverty competencies and increased success using her evidence-based best practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the five biggest stereotypes that get in the way of education success

  • Understand how our own attitudes and beliefs can get in the way of improving outcomes

  • Describe three proven practices for building more inclusive, responsive environments for students in the crisis of poverty

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