December 28, 2014

Ore­gon Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion includes data and reports spe­cific to Oregon’s edu­ca­tional sys­tem, including:

  • Free/reduced lunch rates for schools and dis­tricts (this mea­sure is often used as a barom­e­ter of finan­cial need)
  • Graduation/dropout rates
  • Achieve­ment data
  • School and dis­trict report cards

The National Cen­ter for Home­less Edu­ca­tion through the US Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion includes train­ing resources on a wide range of top­ics, including:

  • Cur­ric­ula: Edu­cat­ing Stu­dents and Oth­ers about Homelessness
  • Iden­ti­fy­ing Chil­dren and Youth Expe­ri­enc­ing Homelessness
  • Data and Sta­tis­tics on Homelessness
  • Higher Edu­ca­tion: Access to Higher Edu­ca­tion for Stu­dents Expe­ri­enc­ing Homelessness
  • Human Traf­fick­ing and the Com­mer­cial Sex­ual Exploita­tion of Children
  • Immi­grants and Refugees
  • Videos: Aware­ness Videos on Home­less­ness and Home­less Education

11 Facts About Edu­ca­tion and Poverty in Amer­ica through, sum­ma­rizes facts and cita­tions as part of an ini­tia­tive to move indi­vid­u­als to action and volunteerism.

“How Poverty Affects Class­room Engage­ment” in Edu­ca­tional Lead­er­ship, May 2013 by Eric Jensen describes seven rea­sons why stu­dents from low-income house­holds are more likely to strug­gle in school and what can be done to change or decrease impacts.

South­ern Edu­ca­tion Foun­da­tion orig­i­nally focused on improv­ing edu­ca­tional excel­lence and equity in the South, now includes research and strate­gies for all parts of the US related to improv­ing edu­ca­tion pol­icy, inform­ing the pub­lic about edu­ca­tion issues, strength­en­ing schools, and pro­mot­ing uni­ver­sal edu­ca­tion. A 2013 research report update, “A New Major­ity: Low Income Stu­dents in the South and Nation,” reported that a major­ity of stu­dents through­out the Amer­i­can South and West (includ­ing Ore­gon) are low-income for the first time in at least four decades.


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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)