Poverty resources @your library
Payne (1996) comments, “schools are virtually the only places where students can learn the choices and rules of the middle class” (p. 62). By providing access to resources schools can “promote equitable learning opportunities and success for all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, ethnicity, gender, disability, or other individual characteristics” (ELCC 6). Ensuring access to materials concerning manners, family relationships, addictions, racism, crime, and career information helps the student of poverty break the generational cycle.
I have discussed this issue with our Graduation Coach and with her help created a Collection Development Tool for Poverty Resources to aid other middle school media specialists in selecting resources for their learning community. Students need to have support systems in place to help guide them in making life choices. What better place than their school library media center?
Kris Woods, GLMA Communications Chair
American Association of School Librarians, Association for Educational Communications and Technology. (1998). Information power: Building partnerships for learning. Chicago: American Library Association.
Payne, Ruby. (1996). A framework for understanding poverty. Highlands, TX: aka! Process, Inc.
Williams, Belinda. (2003). Closing the achievement gap: A vision for changing beliefs and practices. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
National Policy Board for Educational Administration. (January, 2002). Standards for advanced programs in educational leadership for principals, superintendents, curriculum directors, and supervisors [Pamphlet]. Reston, VA: Author. Retrieved December 24, 2007, from National Policy Board for Educational Administration Web site: http://www.npbea.org/ELCC/