Photo of the book Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen with a quote from the book.

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind by Eric Jensen is a follow-up to January’s book review of Teaching with Poverty in Mind. Here, Jensen digs deeper into engagement as the key factor in the academic success of economically disadvantaged students.


Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind outlines:

  • Smart, purposeful engagement strategies that all teachers can use to expand students’ cognitive capacity, increase motivation and effort, and build deep, enduring understanding of content.
  • The unwritten rules for engagement that are essential for increasing student achievement.
  • How automating engagement in the classroom can help teachers use instructional time more effectively and empower students to take ownership of their learning.
  • Steps teachers and leaders can take to create an exciting yet realistic implementation plan.

Too many  students are tuning out and dropping out because of the school’s failure to engage them. It’s time to set the bar higher. Until learning is made the best part of every student’s day, schools will struggle with attendance, achievement, and graduation rates. This resource helps educators take immediate action to revitalize and enrich instructional practice so that all students may thrive in school and beyond.


Check it out!

Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind – Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement, Eric Jensen; ASCD, Alexandria, VA. 2013.