IDENTIFYING & WORKING WITH STUDENTS of POVERTY MEMCA CONFERENCE March 14, 2014. Funding for this project is generously provided by the Mott Foundation. Collaborative Partners: GISD, MCC, MMC, MDE. 46 Million Americans… 15% of the population live in poverty.
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IDENTIFYING & WORKING WITH STUDENTS of POVERTYMEMCA CONFERENCEMarch 14, 2014
Funding for this project is generously provided by the Mott Foundation.
Collaborative Partners: GISD, MCC, MMC, MDE
Nearly 1 in 3 Americans experienced a stint of poverty between 2009 & 2011.
The suburban poverty rate in the U.S. in 2012 was 11.3%
Rural poverty has exceeded urban poverty every year since the 60’s.
A college education appears to be the only possibility to help people break the walls of poverty and escape its hardships; yet today, it is less likely a person in poverty will attain a college education than it was in the 1940’s.
most of the other students’ housing.
ATTRIBUTES OF STUDENTS IN POVERTY:
So…. these students are facing:
Differences in the Brain Function Between High and Low SES
Brain function was measured by means of an electroencephalograph (EEG) - basically, a cap fitted with electrodes to measure electrical activity in the brain – like that used to assess epilepsy, sleep disorders and brain tumors.
“Kids from lower socioeconomic levels show brain physiology patterns similar to someone who actually had damage in the frontal lobe as an adult,” said Robert Knight, director of the institute and a UC Berkeley professor of psychology. “We found that kids are more likely to have a low response if they have low socioeconomic status, though not everyone who is poor has low frontal lobe responses.”
WHAT CAN WE DO?
The adjustments we make to support our students
dealing with poverty help all our students.
SCHOOL POLICY & CURRICULA:
The Great Inversion – “We’re in the midst of ‘the Great Inversion,’ writes Alan Ehrnhalt (2012) a journalist and analyst at the Pew Center on the States. Put simply, in the United States, affluent people are moving back to the cities as lower-income people move out to the suburbs. The social ramifications of this flip-flop are far-reaching. One positive outcome is the potential for greater school integration along race and class lines as both cities and suburbs become more diverse.” Ed Leadership/May 2013
2010 Census Bureau Report
Faces of Poverty. (2013). Education Leadership, www.ascd.org
LeBlanc-Esparza, R., & Roulston, W.(2012) Breaking the Poverty Barrier: Changing Student Lives with Passion, Perseverance, and Performance. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree
Tileston, D. & Darling, S. (2008) Why Culture Counts: Teaching Children of Poverty. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree
Payne, R.K. (2001) A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Highland, TX: Aha Press.
Beegle, D.(2007) See Poverty….Be the Difference. Portland, OR: Communication Across Barriers, inc.
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