Jun 22, 2022

Six Reasons to Explore the Supporting Students in Poverty with High Impact Instructional Practices Toolkit

Kim Benton
Interim State Superintendent in Mississippi
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As a former principal and teacher, I often struggled balancing my sense of urgency with knowing exactly how to best support students most impacted by the learning challenges associated with poverty. Almost daily, a new program, initiative, or compelling research paper was released promising the solution to address student learning gaps.
I quickly discovered that everything could not be a priority! 

To change academic outcomes for students, the key was not in a program. Rather, the key was to build and support expert teachers! Students in high-poverty settings need expert teachers equipped with and confident in applying high-impact, evidence-based instructional strategies every day. 
This same belief is at the heart of the Supporting Students in Poverty with High-Impact Instructional Strategies Toolkit, released by the National Comprehensive Center. 

The toolkit contains practical, easy to understand, immediately actionable strategies that have the potential to decrease the negative impacts of poverty on student achievement.

Why should you delve into the Supporting Students in Poverty with High-Impact Instructional Strategies Toolkit?

  1. Educators at all levels—teachers, principals, district staff, and state agencies will find student-centered strategies that are applicable in their day-to-day work.
  2. The high impact instructional strategies are program and cost neutral. Teachers can easily integrate the evidence-based actions into their classroom instruction, across various grade levels and content areas. 
  3. High impact instructional strategies and actions for teachers and principals are student centered and designed to create the conditions to accelerate learning for all students, particularly those impacted most by poverty.
  4. The toolkit contains resources that can benefit veteran, novice, alternate route or pathway, and pre-service teachers.
  5. The online toolkit is easy to access and navigate, with hyperlinks to a wide variety of relevant resources aligned to each action. 
  6. The toolkit is available electronically, and educators can also find a printable PDF of each strategy that is ideal for immediate use in professional learning communities. 

Now that I have piqued your interest about this exciting new resource, I encourage you to explore it on your own. You can find the Supporting Students in Poverty with High-Impact Instructional Strategies Toolkit