Poverty and School Success: Challenges and Opportunities with Under-Resourced Students

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Aired on: September 18th, 2012

3:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

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Tammy Pawloski

Tammy Pawloski, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University. She grew up and taught in the impoverished areas of rural Horry and Allendale counties of South Carolina. She currently holds a dual appointment of Professor of Early Childhood Education as well as her directorship. Prior to joining the faculty of FMU in 2000, she served in a similar capacity at the Columbia, Aiken, Salkehatchie, and Beaufort campuses of USC, and at Ventura College and Pepperdine University in Southern California. Dr. Pawloski's research interests include children of poverty; family, school, and community partnerships; and best practices for under-resourced students.

This Week's Topic

Current research is clear that poverty can negatively impact brain development and that the achievement gap between children of poverty and their wealthier peers continues to widen. Under-resourced children score far lower on virtually every standardized test, statewide or national, than their more economically advantaged peers, and the dropout rate for low-income students is five times greater than for their high-income counterparts.

Why is this happening and what can schools do? The central role that teachers play in school transformation is at the forefront of current literature, and the Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty at Francis Marion University has worked since 2004 to identify keys to success in high-poverty schools. This webcast will help educators better understand the challenges and opportunities of high-poverty schools, and eight research-based strategies for under-resourced students will be identified.

  • Discover how poverty impacts early brain development and later school success.
  • Learn how social capital can create choices for children of poverty.
  • Explore research-based strategies that can close the achievement gap and lower the dropout rate for under-resourced students.


Presentation Slides  pdf

Center of Excellence – Poverty & Learning Related Websites(2012).

Center of Excellence – Poverty Resource Articles(2012).

Francis Marion University Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty(2011).

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