Poverty Education Center


  • Special Event

    The Poverty Education Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project present "Teaching the Voting Rights Act," a daylong symposium for K–12 teachers, education students and professionals, and community members that will take place on Saturday, January 23 from 9 AM–5 PM. The purpose of the symposium is to help educators make connections between scholarship and practice and also between past and present, so the event will include a panel discussion by local scholars who work on voting-rights history and advocacy; a keynote address by Maureen Costello, the director of Teaching Tolerance (http://www.tolerance.org/author/maureen-costello); a screening and discussion of the new documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot (http://www.tolerance.org/selma-bridge-to-ballot); and a professional-development workshop to help teachers put this content to work in their own classrooms. Teachers will get clock hours for their participation in the symposium. 

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  • The Poverty Education Center offers international internships for university students to study issues, places, and programs related to poverty. Meet our interns  here

    The Poverty Education Center regularly offers a variety of programs including:

    • workshops for K-12 teachers on innovative and effective techniques for bringing issues of poverty and inequality into their classrooms.
    • lectures by leading scholars on issues of poverty, development, and social justice.
    • events featuring community leaders working in social services, poverty alleviation, and social justice.
    • a consortium of educational and community service organizations working together on poverty education.
    • international and domestic travel-study courses for university students to study issues, places, and programs related to poverty.

    A number of other programs are being developed for the future:

    • a national conference for university educators on best practices in poverty pedagogy.
    • seminars by national and international experts on "what works" in poverty alleviation programs.
    • support for publications and research centered on the teaching of poverty.
    • an arts festival focused on poverty education.
    • seminars for professionals from the business, medical, legal, engineering and educational fields on how to cope with poverty issues in their workplaces and professional practice.