Sep 1, 2023

Actionable Tools to Help Educators Overcome the Effects of Poverty on Learning

Kim Benton
Capacity Building Team
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Every educator struggles with balancing their sense of urgency with knowing exactly how to best support students most impacted by the learning challenges associated with poverty.  


New programs and research may promise the solution to address student learning gaps; however, the key to changing academic outcomes for students is building and supporting expert teachers.  


National Comprehensive Center’s Supporting Students in Poverty with High-Impact Instructional Strategies Toolkit equips teachers in high-poverty settings with high-impact, evidence-based instructional strategies. The toolkit contains clear and immediately actionable strategies that have the potential to decrease the negative impacts of poverty on student achievement. 


Top three reasons to use the Supporting Students in Poverty with High-Impact Instructional Strategies Toolkit 

  1. Educators at all levels—teachers, principals, district staff, and state agencies—will find student-centered strategies that are applicable in their day-to-day work. The resources can benefit veteran, novice, alternate routes, and pre-service teachers. 
  2. The high-impact instructional strategies are program and cost-neutral. Teachers can easily integrate evidence-based actions into their classroom instruction, across various grade levels and content areas. 
  3. The high-impact instructional strategies and actions for teachers and principals are student-centered and designed to create conditions to accelerate learning for all students, particularly those impacted most by poverty. 


The Supporting Students in Poverty with High-Impact Instructional Strategies Toolkit is easy to access and navigate, with hyperlinks to a wide variety of relevant resources aligned to each action. Educators can also print each strategy for immediate use in professional learning communities.