Poverty in America is not easily defined, nor can its causes be easily explained. It can be experienced by anyone – male or female, as well as people of all ages, racial or ethnic groups, and immigration status. In order to be responsive to the needs of students, educators should consider the constraints that poverty often places on students’ lives and how these factors influence learning and academic achievement. These factors may include students’ health and well-being, literacy and language development, access to physical and material resources, and level of mobility. The resources identified on this page provide background on the influence of poverty on student learning and offers practical suggestions for engaging students with poverty in mind.


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