Impact of Poverty

Low Income Education Access Project

Impact of Poverty

CES Professional Development and Consultation

Based on our work with the Leading Educational Access Project (LEAP), CES offers trained presenters and facilitators for this work, and content that will introduce the resources offered by LEAP, including understanding the impact of poverty on identification, placement and student outcomes; and access to resources, strategies and best practices for instruction. (Please note that while low-income student populations include those living in poverty, not all low-income students live at the poverty level.)

CES offers open-enrollment and site-based professional development, as well as technical assistance in this area to educators, schools and districts. We also offer the LEAP Training of Trainers for those currently employed by a Massachusetts educational collaborative; click here for more information

Among the topics we can adapt and bring on-site to you for professional development are:

Module 1:

  • LEAP context: DESE's commitment to improving outcomes for all students
  • Paradigms essential to LEAP
  • Concepts about poverty
  • Approaches to poverty and racial diversity in schools
  • Classroom and school factors correlating to improved student outcomes

Module 2:

  • Basic physiology of memory, emotion, and learning
  • Brain and learning principles (Part 1)
  • Motivation and learning
  • Background  knowledge

Module 3:

  • Impact of poverty on learning
  • Defining poverty
  • Brain and learning principles (Part II)
  • Executive functions
  • Memory
  • Special Education: Disproportionality, identification & assessments, student support, placement, least-restrictive

Module 4:

  • Impact of poverty on special populations: Homeless and transient, English learners, traumatized learners
  • Implications of poverty in the inclusive classroom
  • Impact of poverty on social-emotional learning (SEL)

Module 5: The intersection of race, bias, and poverty

  • Understanding race and racism in the U.S.
  • Constructions of race
  • Impact of race and poverty on student learning and achievement
  • Culturally  responsive practice
  • Brief history of racial oppression in the U.S.
  • Implicit bias
  • Strategies to confront racial oppression in schools

Module 6:

  • School and classroom culture that supports students living in poverty
  • Fostering school identity
  • Raising the bar for student outcomes
  • Fostering classroom culture
  • Limbic resets/brain breaks
  • Disproportionate vulnerability of students living in poverty to obstacles of attendance, discipline, dropout
  • Cultural competence in the classroom
  • Parental engagement in school
  • Community supports for schools and families
For more information, contact: 
Director of Professional Services
413.586.4900 x5926