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.
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
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.
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.
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.
A 3-minute video from the Children’s Defense Fund profiling a few stories from children dealing with poverty.
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.
Format: Resource list / website
Description: This resource list, created by Julie Ann Winkelstein, PhD, MLIS (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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.
Citation: Gorski, P. C. (2016). Reexamining beliefs about poverty and education. School Administrator 73, 16-20.
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.
Citation: Gorski, Paul C. “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap,” 2nd ed., New York: Teachers College Press, 2017.
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.
Citation: Milner IV, H. R. (2015). Rac(e)ing to class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms. Harvard Education Press, 2015.