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 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.