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Poverty Simulation  February 5th, 2016

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On January 14th, 2016 the Eastern Upstate Regional Network participated in a Poverty Simulation at Albany Elementary in Utica, NY in conjunction with the Utica City Schools and the Missouri Association for Community Action.

The Poverty simulation is a unique tool that helps the school community begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.  A simulation enables participants to view poverty from different angles and then to discuss the potential for change within our school community.

Our partnerships included the Community Foundation along with the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, Madison-Oneida BOCES, and the NYS Teacher Center Eastern Upstate Regional Network.

Following the simulation experience, the Utica Teacher Center equipped the area educators with an instructional strategies guide, based on Eric Jensen’s Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind.

The Capital Area Region and the Utica Area Region collected data that provided indicators of success and impact on student achievement using the Instructional Strategies from Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind after offering distance learning workshop from the Teaching is the Core Grant.

  • 80% of the strategy implementations resulted in improved results from baseline testing, charting or observation
  • 9% showed consistent results from baseline
  • 9% showed worse results from baseline
  • 2% could not be marked due to incomplete research, for various reasons
  • 52% of participants tracked data qualitatively
  • 48% tracked data quantitatively (Data may also have been counted twice, if participants used both types of data)

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