The Faces of Poverty

A new look at poverty and schools is due, partly because so many families face reduced economic circumstances. Indeed, today’s “poor kids” don’t fit the stereotypes. Two-thirds live in families in which at least one adult works, and the percentage of poor students in many rural districts equals that in inner-city districts. For all these children, educators must contend with the correlation between being poor and dropping out of high school.

ASCD Express is looking for short, 600–1,000-word essays on the theme “The Faces of Poverty.” Guidelines for submissions are here; please send us your submissions to express@ascd.org by March 15, 2013.

This issue will explore how schools must challenge traditional ideas of poverty and formulate new responses. What policies can get more master teachers into high-poverty schools? How can we help more low-income students earn a postsecondary credential? We welcome articles on serving immigrant students, ELLs, and homeless youth; solutions for resource shortages in rural areas; and support for low-income students who attend relatively affluent suburban schools.

 

 

Laura Varlas is an ASCD project manager in publishing, and a graduate student in the secondary education: English/language arts program at George Washington University.