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Poor Students, Rich Teaching

Mindsets for Change

Discover practical and research-based strategies to ensure all students, regardless of circumstance, are college and career ready. This thorough resource details the necessary but difficult work that teachers must do to establish the foundational changes essential to positively impact students in poverty. Organized tools and resources are provided to help teachers effectively implement these essential changes.


  • Understand the urgency of poverty in the United States.
  • Gain four powerful mindsets to bring change.
  • Build effective relationships with students, and help them see achievement as a reachable target.
  • Create a welcoming classroom climate where all students love to learn and are engaged for success.

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Chapter 1: Why Should You Care About Poverty?
Chapter 2: Why Should You Embrace Change?
Part One: Why the Relational Mindset?
Chapter 3: Secrets of the Relational Mindset
Chapter 4: Personalize the Learning
Chapter 5: Connect Everyone for Success
Chapter 6: Show Empathy
Chapter 7: Lock in the Relational Mindset
Part Two: Why the Achievement Mindset?
Chapter 8: Secrets of the Achievement Mindset
Chapter 9: Set Gutsy Goals
Chapter 10: Have the Right Attitude
Chapter 11: Give Fabulous Feedback
Chapter 12: Persist With Grit
Chapter 13: Lock in the Achievement Mindset
Part Three: Why the Rich Classroom Climate Mindset?
Chapter 14: Secrets of the Rich Classroom Climate Mindset
Chapter 15: Engage Voice and Vision
Chapter 16: Set Safe Classroom Norms
Chapter 17: Foster Academic Optimism
Chapter 18: Lock in the Rich Classroom Climate Mindset
Part Four: Why the Engagement Mindset?
Chapter 19: Secrets of the Engagement Mindset
Chapter 20: Engage for Maintenance and Stress
Chapter 21: Engage for Setup and Buy-In
Chapter 22: Engage to Build Community
Chapter 23: Lock in the Engagement Mindset
Appendix: Resources for Getting Started