Educating Students Who Live in the Crisis of Poverty
NOTE: This is a virtual conference that also has a graduate credit/CEU option accompanying it. In "Class Details" use the "Choose your section" drop-down menu and select:
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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.
SATURDAY SESSIONS, February 6, 2021
10:00-11:30 AM CST/9:00 AM MT
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.
12:30-2:00 PM CST/11:30 MT
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.
2:30-4:00 PM CST/1:30 PM MT
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.
A fourth session which is part of this series is being presented on Wednesday, February 3rd as part of our Distance Learning Webinar Series. Those who want the full complement of four sessions may register for this session individually here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poverty-racism-and-covid-19-all-grades-all-levels-tickets-126349130651.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 6:00-7:30 PM CST/ 5 PM MT
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.
- Grade(s): Elementary K-5 | Secondary 6-12 | Higher Education
- Subject(s): Professional Development | Equity or Racial/Social Justice
- By South Dakota Teacher Effectiveness Domains/Components: 2a 2b 2c 2d 3a 3b 3c 3d 3e 4c