Tag Archives: Poverty

The Need for Assistance and Information

I am currently a research assistant on a game that helps high school students understand the process of applying to college. The game, Mission: Admission, which is meant to serve first-generation college attendees and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, offers a learning experience in what high school students should actually do when applying for colleges. Coming […]

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USC’s College Access Index: Sharing Information

I am among the fastest runners in my age group in the United States.  I’ve mentioned before how much I train, and how hard I work out. I attribute my speed (and agility) to my training. I’m betting even my closest friends and my greatest admirers might say something like, “Bill, I know you’re fast […]

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Considering the German Vocational Model

Proponents of vocational education often point to Germany as a model.  Germany certainly has an enviable unemployment rate (4.8% in December 2014), and its apprenticeship programs, conducted in tandem with vocational colleges, are often credited with this success.  As a result, influential business commentators like Harold Sirkin argue that the United States should emulate Germany’s […]

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Youth Experiencing Homelessness and Transitioning to College–What’s Promising? What’s Challenging?

This is my 20th year working in the field of homeless education and I’ve witnessed tremendous change. While the general public may not see the face of a child when they hear the word, “homeless,” many educators do. Gone are the days when I would offer training on homeless education and find the room nearly […]

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Homeless College Students: An Invisible Population

The first time a student told me she was homeless, I was, perhaps naively, surprised. It had not occurred to me that people who were in college and working toward a degree might have precarious housing arrangements. Since that time, I have encountered approximately one student per term who chooses to share his/her housing insecurity […]

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Homeless Students on Campus–Hidden Group

The fall of every year is the start of a new semester for college students. And while most students are adjusting to new classes, getting their school books, and studying, others have additional worries and concerns. Homelessness is not just something experienced on the street, but is a part of the reality of campus life […]

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Supporting Unaccompanied Youth

In 2011, we explored how homelessness shaped student and families’ K–12 schooling experiences in a medium-sized Midwestern city. We gathered longitudinal district data and conducted 132 semi-structured interviews with school employees, parents experiencing homelessness, and community providers. Our study led to myriad findings on the diversity of homelessness, educational resource access, and parental engagement. While […]

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Homelessness and Higher Education

The economic recession that began in 2008 magnified the issue of student and family residential instability in the United States. Homeless and highly mobile students face multiple personal and educational challenges that negatively impact their access to school. Scholars, policymakers, and advocates have worked to protect the educational rights of these students for decades. Given […]

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Ten Ways to Improve Educational Outcomes for Low-Income Youth

Double the minimum wage Create a full employment economy Give homeless youth a home End hunger Provide universal health care Treat mental illness Reduce incarceration Reduce income inequality Reduce the dropout rate Provide maternity and infant care Is there any that doubt if we did even half of these, educational outcomes would increase? If so, […]

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Mid-Program Reflection … SummerTIME 2014

We’re in the middle of our annual SummerTIME Program. The students arrived last Monday and they’re with us until next Wednesday. This is my seventh year being involved in SummerTIME and my first year directing it on my own. I’m lucky to have a handful of dedicated student workers and a full-time assistant—most of which […]

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