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Maine-Endwell and Windsor School Districts brainstorm supporting Children growing up in Poverty

By Alex Howard (twitter:@alexhoward99).
How can students that come from poverty be motivated to succeed? That's the question that educators from Maine-Endwell and Windsor school districts set out to find out today.

Dr. Eric Jensen is a nationally recognized expert on brain research and brain based training, and he understands more than most the impact that poverty can have on the cognitive development of a child. Today, he spoke at a special joint Superintendent's Conference Day, which included educators from both Maine-Endwell and Windsor School Districts.

The focus of the seminar was to inform teachers and administrators on the obstacles that face students whose families live below the poverty line, while also giving them the strategies to inspire and motivate these students to succeed. But while teachers can be part of the solution, there are other problems for educators to consider.

The Principal of Windsor High School district says the median household income of one of their students hovers slightly below $40,000 a year, which puts students at a disadvantage when it comes to higher education, particularly 4-year public colleges.

He also went on to point out the common misconception that parents from impoverished families don't care about their child's schooling because of their apathy. For families that struggle to make ends meet, sometimes schooling can take a backseat to putting food on the table and a roof over their heads.