November 03, 2004

Educators will benefit from workshop on poverty

by Bonnie Marx

CARBONDALE, Ill. - - A workshop aimed at helping teachers and others understand the needs of the impoverished is set for Friday, Nov. 19, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The workshop, "A Framework for Understanding Poverty," uses materials written and developed by Ruby K. Payne, educator and founder of aha! Process, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping children of poverty succeed.

The workshop will cover such topics as 10 key points in understanding poverty, resources and case studies, registers of language, story structure, cognitive development, hidden rules and discipline interventions. The Southern Illinois Early Childhood Council is hosting the workshop in collaboration with Southern Region Early Childhood Program, Rend Lake College, John A. Logan College and Tri-County Head Start.

The workshop is well suited for early childhood, elementary, secondary and family literacy audiences and runs from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the SIUC Student Center.

Registration fee is $45, which includes a course book and six professional development credits (CPDUs). To register, call the Division of Continuing Education at 618/536-7751 or visit the Web site,