Posted on 10/20/2011 at 12:50 PM by Global Reach

As part of Professional Development for 2011-2012, Northwest AEA is sponsoring a series of “Poverty Awareness” trainings. The focus and intent of these sessions is to create a better awareness of how poverty impacts children, families and schools. There is a significant amount of information about how poverty affects the learning environment and will be shared during the full-day training. The objectives for participants include a better understanding of how poverty impacts the lives and health of children and their families, including the impact on social, emotional, behavioral and academic development. Discussion will focus on the ability to identify common barriers for families living in poverty and support that can be provided to children and families.

The training includes a morning “Poverty Simulation”, which is an activity that allows participants to explore the life of a family living in poverty. The afternoon presentation gives additional details and information about poverty, with some particular information about how poverty impacts learning and the classroom environment. Sessions are being held on October 26 (Sioux City), October 28 (Sioux City), November 4 (Mapleton), and November 7 (Sioux Center).

If interested in participating in one of the sessions, please contact Northwest AEA Early Childhood Department at (712) 222-6050 or 1 (800) 352-9040, extension 6050.

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