A Professional Development Resource

Category: Socioeconomic Status

Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths

Image reads: Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths. A fact sheet and tips for teachers, principals, school leaders, counselors, and other school staff

Format: Article

A pdf fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education with some helpful background facts, information on the impacts of homelessness, the rights of homeless children and youths, and some tips on supporting children and youth in homeless situations.

Link: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160315ehcyfactsheet072716.pdf

Citation: U.S. Department of Education. (2016, July 27).  Supporting the Success of Homeless Children and Youths [PDF file]. Retrieved from https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/160315ehcyfactsheet072716.pdf

Children and Families Experiencing Homelessness

Format: Resource List

A resource list from the Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center on working with children and families in homeless situations. This list includes information on education rights for children, available services for children and families, the impacts of homelessness, and related organizations. Included in the ‘enotes’ of the page are a variety of other documents like self-assessment tools for programs, and other materials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, the National Center for Homeless Education, and much more.

Link: http://ectacenter.org/topics/homeless/homeless.asp

The Story We Tell About Poverty Isn’t True

Format: TED Talk

A TEDTalk from Mia Birdsong that invites listeners to rethink what they think they know about people in poverty and see the more complicated stories underneath. The video talks about the strength and creativity inherent in people and communities that struggle with poverty. People who stay strong and have hope while working for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/mia_birdsong_the_story_we_tell_about_poverty_isn_t_true

How America’s public schools keep kids in poverty

Format: TED Talk

A TED Talk by Kandice Sumner about schools in low income areas with inadequate resources and how that effects the lives of children attending those schools. Sumner also speaks on the achievement gap, the way education is proportionate to access and how the design of the public school system and school funding equations fail kids.

Link: https://www.ted.com/talks/kandice_sumner_how_america_s_public_schools_keep_kids_in_poverty


Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement

Format: Toolkit

Description: This toolkit, created by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services and the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table,  is designed to help librarians and library staff create meaningful library services for people who are experiencing homelessness. It includes model programs, advice on developing library polices, as well as steps to getting started.

Link: http://www.ala.org/aboutala/offices/extending-our-reach-reducing-homelessness-through-library-engagement


Safe in the Stacks: Community Spaces for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

Format: Resource list / website

Description: This resource list, created by Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, MLIS (jwinkels@utk.edu) and presented at the 2013 ALA Annual Meeting, provides resources library staff can use to learn more about youth who are experiencing homelessness, especially LGBTQ youth, and to develop inclusive services that directly support the needs of these youth.

Link: http://www.ala.org/rt/glbtrt/tools/homeless-lgbtq-youth

Reexamining Beliefs about Poverty and Education

Format: Article

Description: In this article written for School Administrator, Paul Gorski discusses three common poverty ideologies. He challenges readers to adopt a structural ideology which focuses on removing the inequities people experiencing poverty contend with on a daily basis.

Link: http://www.edchange.org/publications/Reexamining-Beliefs-About-Students-in-Poverty.pdf

Citation: Gorski, P. C. (2016). Reexamining beliefs about poverty and education. School Administrator 73, 16-20.

Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap

Format: Book

Description: This book describes the knowledge and skills needed to recognize and combat bias and inequity that undermine educational engagement for students experiencing poverty.   It provides evidence-based strategies, policies, and practices that strengthen the educational success of students experiencing poverty.

Link: https://www.tcpress.com/reaching-and-teaching-students-in-poverty-9780807758793

Citation: Gorski, Paul C. “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap,” 2nd ed., New York: Teachers College Press, 2017.

Rac(e)ing to Class: Confronting Poverty and Race in Schools and Classrooms

Format: Book

Description: Building on established literature, new research, and case studies, H. Richard Milner IV explores the experiences of youth living in poverty and proposes effective practices  educators can use to create the best educational experience for these youth.

Link: http://hepg.org/hep-home/books/rac(e)ing-to-class

Citation: Milner IV, H. R. (2015). Rac(e)ing to class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms. Harvard Education Press, 2015.