Archive of Poverty – DC

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POVERTY: the Elephant in America’s Classroom

Posted on November 11, 2011

It is the weight of poverty that rides the at-risk child like a six-ton elephant.   Nearly all (politicians) have ignored the great elephant in the classroom: poverty. Their behavior said, "If we pretend it isn't there, either it will go away or cease to exist." "About 35 million Americans live below the federal poverty line. Their opportunities are defined by forces that may look unrelated, but decades of research have mapped the web of connections. A 1987 study of 215 children attri

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Leadership in the Interest of Economically Disadvantaged Students

Posted on March 03, 2011

As a principal of an elementary school with steadily increasing numbers of economically disadvantaged students, I have seen a shift in focus on academic as well as systemic strategies in our approach to student success. Randy Bomer’s discussion of deficit perspective is well-taken as political issues surrounding school performance have highlighted the fact that schools are struggling to achieve adequate progress within the economically disadvantaged subgroup. In a position as a school lead

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Educational Outcomes for Children and Youth in Foster and Out-of-Home Care

Posted on March 03, 2011

For the over 800,000 children and youth served in foster care each year in the United States, educational success is a potential positive counterweight to abuse, neglect, separation, and impermanence. Positive school experiences enhance their well-being, help them make more successful transitions to adulthood, and increase their chances for personal fulfillment and economic self-sufficiency, as well as their ability to contribute to society. Unfortunately, the educational outcomes for child

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Classroom-Tested Tech Tools Used to Boost Literacy

Posted on March 03, 2011

To improve reading skills, many teachers are harnessing the technology they already have—such as webcams, audio recorders, blogs, and other Web 2.0 tools—to boost literacy in students. “With schools being so cash-strapped, we can’t go around and buy a new program all the time,” says Adina Sullivan, a 4th grade teacher at the 720-student San Marcos Elementary School in California. “You can go with something that you can find a lot easier at no cost and make it work for what you n

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The Gap

Posted on March 03, 2010

“If you had to explain America’s economic success with one word, that word would be ‘education.'" --Paul Krugman A Definition Historically the United State of America led the world in universal basic education for all of the children of all of the people. We developed mandatory high school education and America has been seen as a world leader in higher education. In the past thirty years, however, our educational dominance has slowly shown signs of erosion. Our college graduation rate

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