College and Career Readiness

Comprehensive System of Learning Supports

Equal attention to Learning Supports is essential so that:
  • Every student will demonstrate academic achievement and be prepared for success after high school;
  • Every student will be supported by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders; and
  • Every school will offer a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.

Children Living in Poverty

A growing number of children are living in poverty. Living in poverty can negatively impact the health and well-being of children and places children at greater risk of poor academic achievement and dropping out of school. Living in poverty also tends to limit children’s access to supports and resources within their homes, schools, and communities.

Some strategies for working with children living in poverty:

  • Understand the cultural, social and economic conditions of children living in poverty;
  • Build relationships of respect;
  • Create a supportive and collaborative culture;
  • Connect lessons to students’ lives;
  • Communicate high expectations;
  • Engage students though dialogue and activities that advance their understanding;
  • Encourage the use of formal language (i.e., precise words and syntax);
  • Engage parents; and
  • Monitor progress and plan interventions accordingly


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