The current debate around poverty and schools is often not productive. At the extremes, poverty is viewed as either crippling or an excuse. One way to try and break the logjam is to unpack poverty to better understand the impact of its components on school and student success. By doing so, we can organize schools and community and family supports to lessen poverty’s impacts.
Over the next several years, we will hold a series of colloquiums on key components of poverty, and post our findings on this site. For each component of poverty, we will examine its scale, location, magnitude, educational impacts, and what is known about effective solutions.
Presenter: Robert Balfanz, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Co-Director, Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS)