Teaching Boys in Poverty

Presented by: Jim Littlejohn, Ruby K. Payne

School dropouts cost our society hundreds of billions of dollars each year and lead to millions of young people not achieving their potential. Boys from poverty, especially from generational poverty, constitute a significant percentage of this population, often ending up in jail and/or perpetuating their poverty in future generations. From this course, participants learn how to address the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social needs of boys in poverty in their classrooms and schools to help buck these devastating trends. Presenters Jim Littlejohn and Ruby K. Payne, along with a team of workshop participants, scrutinize the effects of poverty on boys’ development in each category, promoting strategies to motivate and engage these boys in their educations and keep them in school. Participants will become informed educators who can reverse these students’ odds, one relationship and one instructional strategy at a time.


45 Clock Hours $279 View Syllabus Add To Cart

1 Graduate Credit ** $304 View Syllabus Add To Cart

3 Graduate Credits $499 View Syllabus Add To Cart


** Plus additional fee of $55 payable to Adams State University at course completion. See Program Details for more information.

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Jim Littlejohn

Jim Littlejohn

Jim Littlejohn, is the president of P.E.A.C.E. Skills, Inc. which provides training and consulting in conflict and anger management, classroom management, peer mediation, interpersonal relationships, brain-based learning, and school crisis management, as well as boys in poverty and crisis. Named a “Hero for Children,” by the governor of South Carolina, Littlejohn has been a professional educator since 1976. He has taught at the middle school, high school, and graduate school levels, and served as department chair, athletic director, and coach. Mr. Littlejohn earned his Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina.

Ruby K. Payne

Ruby K. Payne

Ruby K. Payne is the author and coauthor of more than a dozen books, including the foundational A Framework for Understanding Poverty. In 2011, two of her publications received a Gold Medal from Independent Publishers in the Education Category, and Boys in Poverty: A Framework for Understanding Dropout, around which this course was developed, received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers. Payne is the founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator. She has trained hundreds of thousands of professionals who work with people from poverty. Her work represents more than 30 years of experience in public schools as a department head, principal, and central office administrator of staff development. Dr. Payne earned her doctorate in education leadership and policy from Loyola University.