The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will present “Children and Poverty,” a five-part course for educators and those who work with youth and families in our community, Tuesday evenings beginning Nov. 1.
This timely and relevant course, offered by UW-Green Bay’s Education Outreach office, examines the issues of childhood poverty, homelessness and the effects on the brain and learning. It will be held from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Green Bay Education Association office, 2256 Main St., Green Bay.
Veteran educators Helen Schaal and Lisa Merkel will facilitate the course, which will feature a special guest presentation from Alison Draheim, Green Bay School District homeless student advocate and expert. Draheim, principal at Jefferson Elementary School and supervisor for the McKinney-Vento homeless program, was named the 2010 Green Bay Press-Gazette person of the year for her efforts on behalf of homeless students and those living in poverty. More than 57 percent of Green Bay School District students were economically disadvantaged during the 2010-11 school year, and the issues of poverty and homelessness are of increasing importance to school districts throughout Northeastern Wisconsin.
The “Children and Poverty” course aligns with Wisconsin standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure. Participants can choose a one-graduate credit option ($325) or a noncredit option ($225).