Impact of Poverty on Learning

From a Deficit to a Strengths-Based Approach

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Offered by: 
Professional Development


The number of children living in low-income families (both poor and near poor) has been rising significantly in our country. Many educators are in a quandary about how to provide the most promising educational practices to meet the needs of this growing population.

During this workshop, we will explore key points, assumptions, implications, and proven principles and practical strategies for strengthening our work. We will examine the importance of moving away from a deficit-based approach about ‘what is not there’ to a strengths-based one about ‘what exists’ within our students and their families.

Audience and Grade Level

Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Grades K - 12


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours


Future training dates will be announces here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


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    Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz is a bilingual/bicultural school psychologist and school leader with more than two decades of experience working in inner city school districts in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Dr. Alvarez-Ortiz has also worked as an educational administrator in the non-profit sector where she successfully pioneered innovative educational reform initiatives targeted to improving the opportunities and outcomes of students and schools deemed at risk of failure.

For more information, contact:
Events Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5981


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day.