Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty (6-Hour)

Home/Uncategorized, PDF Catalog/Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty (6-Hour)

Closing the Achievement Gap for Students Raised in Poverty (6-Hour)


Presenter: Joyce Juntune
Core Area: Differentiated Curriculum
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 6

Gifted students can be found in all walks of life. With more than seventeen percent of Texans living in poverty, it is vital that educators understand the different perspectives and challenges that create achievement gaps for gifted students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Learning how to close these gaps for gifted students can help you set them up for success throughout life.

Add to Cart or Click Here for District Pricing

SKU: JJUN-192 Categories: ,


Gifted students fall through the cracks for a variety of reasons, but perhaps the saddest is that we don’t always recognize their giftedness because of a narrow definition of intelligence. Students living in poverty are often the victims of this definition bias. Why? Because our very definitions of intelligence often hinge on verbal skills, which are typically a weakness in gifted students from low socioeconomic environments. Joyce Juntune, Ph.D. explains in Closing the Achievement Gap, that the intelligence is undoubtedly there, but environment and lifestyle lend themselves to a different perspective and skill set that educators must learn to recognize and hone. 

In this 6-hour course, you will learn:

  • How poverty impacts achievement
  • What intelligence looks like in and out of poverty
  • How to foster verbal skills in students with nonverbal strengths
This course is aligned with 2016 ODE Teacher Competencies a, b, c, e, f, g and NAGC Teacher Preparation Standards 2.2, 3.3, 3.4, 5.1.

Dr. Juntune is a renowned consultant, trainer, professor, and lecturer with more than 45 years of experience in the field of education. She is an instructional associate professor at Texas A&M University where she teaches graduate-level courses in her expert areas of intelligence, child and adolescent development, educational psychology, giftedness, and creativity. Dr. Juntune earned her M.S. in curriculum and instruction from St. Cloud University and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Texas A&M University.

Additional information

Core Area




Grade Level



Go to Top