Preface to Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind

In this preface to his book Engaging Students With Poverty in Mind, Eric Jensen gives a personal narrative of challenges met and struggles overcome, providing a first-person perspective on poverty that he uses to lend credibility to his claims. While lacking in concrete advice or ideas on how to best reach struggling students or disadvantaged…

How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement

Eric Jensen highlights seven issues that disproportionately affect students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds in the classroom. Jensen outlines each of these issues and provides ways for students to address them. He reminds educators that poor students are still students and that teachers can support students in overcoming the obstacles they face. The common differences between…

What if the Secret to Success is Failure?

Paul Tough describes three individuals’ attempts to determine which characteristics are most important to postsecondary success and how to teach them at the grade school level. These three individuals are Dominic Randolph, the principal of one of New York City’s most prestigious private schools; David Levin, the co-founder of KIPP schools; and Angela Duckworth, a…

Another Inconvenient Truth: Race and Ethnicity Matter

University professors and researchers Willis Hawley and Sonia Nieto breakdown issues and misconceptions that some educators have about dealing with issues of race and ethnicity in the classroom. They offer three race- and ethnicity-conscious strategies for school improvement, centered around understanding the diverse backgrounds of all students in the classroom. Hawley and Nieto conclude by…