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August 24, 2016 13:39 ET

Compelling follow-up volume by Eric Jensen helps teachers break through the poverty barrier

BLOOMINGTON, IN--(Marketwired - August 24, 2016) - Solution Tree, a premier educational publisher and professional development provider, announces the release of Poor Students, Richer Teaching: Mindsets That Raise Student Achievement. In this research-based resource, Eric Jensen, one of the leading authorities on teaching and poverty, establishes a framework to help educators improve the lives of students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

A companion resource to his groundbreaking work, Poor Students, Rich Teaching, this new volume completes the sequence of mindsets presented in the first book by introducing three additional mindsets that enhance teaching, heighten learning, and positively impact students living in poverty.

Outlining the aim and scope of his new work, Jensen writes in the introduction, "The title of this book, Poor Students, Richer Teaching, suggests a rich and poor dichotomy. But it is also about something that many poor students are not getting: richer teaching. Here, the word richer means full, bountiful, and better than ever. Teachers can make a difference in students' lives with richer teaching. They can ensure all students, regardless of background, graduate college and career ready."

"All educators who wish to have greater understanding of the issues of poverty and education need to read this book," notes Matthew Navo, superintendent of Sanger Unified School District, California. Drawing on Jensen's firsthand experiences of poverty as a child, Navo adds, "Eric Jensen not only provides a personal perspective to the issues of poverty but also gives teachers a perspective as they themselves help to educate students from poverty. The book provides ways that help frame our conversations to help all educators focus on breaking through the barriers and issues surrounding poverty and education."

Educational consultant and author Kathleen Kryza underscores the importance of adopting positive mindsets in the classroom to counter the debilitating effects of poverty on learning: "Poor Students, Richer Teaching offers jaw-dropping data about poverty in the United States. By weaving in stories, brain research, and best practices, Eric Jensen shows us that there is a way out for our students. When we choose to create classrooms filled with optimism, hope, and powerful mindsets, we can change the course of students' lives -- and our own lives as well."

Poor Students, Richer Teaching provides essential strategies for teachers, including implementation strategies and lesson-planning tools. The book is now available at SolutionTree.com.

About the Author

Eric Jensen, PhD, is a former secondary teacher from San Diego, California. Since the early 1990s, he has synthesized brain research and developed practical applications for educators. He is the author of more than thirty books, including several on issues related to education and poverty.

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Solution Tree delivers comprehensive professional development to schools and districts around the world. Solution Tree has empowered K-12 educators to raise student achievement through a wide range of services and products including educator conferences, customized district solutions for long-term professional development, books, videos, online courses, and more.

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