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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 (; a screening and discussion of the new documentary Selma: The Bridge to the 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. 



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

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.

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