What makes students at risk for failure different from other learners? Understanding the answer to that question is essential. Ineffective teachers blame the students, their parents, and demographic factors for students� failure. Research supports the powerful potential that low-achieving students exhibit under the tutelage of masterful instructors. Students living with risk factors can learn. At-risk students need effective, research-proven, instructional strategies implemented in all curriculum content areas. This series of four articles provides helpful suggestions and ideas for teaching these hard-to-reach students. This resource include four articles from the series `Working Smarter, Not Harder: Reaching the Tough to Teach,` plus a study guide to facilitate group discussion.