DSCF7416.JPGHello, glad to have you on my wiki. My name is Sean-David Salliotte, I go by Sean-D. This past year i graduated SOU with a BS in History and minors in Anthropology, English, Political Science and Economics. If that all sounds like a mouthful, that's because it is, I've been a student for a REALLY, really,really long time. The truth is, after I got out of the Navy I fell in love with Mtn biking and made that my first career. I was a professional Mtn Biker, store manager and eventually a store owner. I travelled the country extensively but stayed in college almost the entire time. I had many thoughts and aspirations about becoming a teacher over the years and at one point was enrolled in the MAT program at WSU; but the timing was never right. In 2006 my wife and I moved to Idaho for what we thought was a career opportunity for me in cycling but was laid off 6months later. After that we bounced around the country trying to make something work for us. When nothing did, we went back to the drawing board. We were in North Carolina, miserably unhappy when we asked each other what we truly wanted for ourselves. She said she wanted to be a counselor, and I a teacher. Within two weeks, we were back in Ashland, OR, Lacey was in her master program and I was taking classes finishing my history degree. But the real defining moment for me was in October of 2009 when I volunteered at North Middle School in Grants Pass. I was offered a chance from an acquaintance to come into her class and see if I liked it. By the end of my first day I knew I had found my calling, it was the most relieving and profound moment of my life. So now, here I am, finally taking classes in the MAT program at SOU anxiously awaiting my first job as a high school social studies teacher.

I chose to use Poverty @ School because it is a HUGE contributor to school and social inequity and because it freely crosses the lines between race. There is no racial group in America that is exempt from poverty's reach. However, we are not powerless against it! Poverty, unlike prejudice, strikes without bias but like prejudice is rife with stereotypes. On one hand, poverty can be controlled, on the other, the stereotyping cannot; the latter being the most damaging. It is for the stereotyping of poverty that I focus my wiki.

A child cannot fix his parents financial situation or choose his parents for that matter. Children are quite literally stuck with their parents. When a student comes to school hungry, dirty and tired, they cannot perform at their best or keep up with their classmates; how could they? How can anyone do their work effectively hungy, with low blood sugar? How can a student feel self confident and assured when they can not bathe or wear clean clothes or the same clothes everyday? Their peers know full well they are poor and make no qualms about casting disparraging words and looks. Being poor makes you an outsider at an age when all you care about is belonging. And how can a student even make it through a day of school when they are so tired from all the sleepless nights hoping and praying that they will be ok? That whatever bit of good in their life could be gone tomorrow. So it is for all of this that I go forth to find ways to help these kids and the educators who work with them.

5 things I learned from making this Wiki

1) Poverty is not racial, it cares not for anyones family, religion or ethnicity.

2) Poverty has nothing to do with standardized testing scores. Politicians like to fall back on these scores as a means to prove their districts are doing fine while they continue to cut budgets. the fact is, standardized performance tests account for majority percentages, poor students are the minority at most schools and therefore all but invisible on test results.

3) Learning is next to impossible when you're hungry.

4) The psychology of poverty is debilitating and unfortunately infectious and easily spread. Not just for those who are poor but for who work with them. the stereotypes of poverty are very difficult to overcome but very easily spread. People find comfort in what they know, if all they know is poverty and never taught there is a better way, they will repeat the cycle.

5) Cute little ideas and emotional videos only mask the problem of poverty. Children need to be taught how to use their resources and community needs to get involved in every way at their public schools.this does not just mean volunteering to help kids with homework. This means true community outreach to find and deliver what the kids and their families need so they can go to school happy, healthy and not hungry. This means that businesses need to look at what they do and how they can help. Citizens need to look deep into their hearts and pockets and reach out. This means that we can no longer expect a community to survive if it's citizens ignore their community.


Below are links relating to this topic. Below the links is a brief description of the media and and its contents. Below the descriptions is a rating system of 1-5 (1 being very poor resource and 5 being excellent).
Note: being that this wiki is designed to be a useful tool in fighting the affects of poverty at school, I will only be representing resources I deem as 3 stars and above. If I do represent a lower score, it is to show an example of a bad stigma or a poor resource.

  1. Boys of Baraka: http://rvtv.roguedatavault.net/asxgen/sou/education/boys.wmv

This is a full length documentary lasting 1hr 24mn. Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

The Boys of Baraka reveals the human face of a tragic statistic — 61 percent of Baltimore's African-American boys fail to graduate from high school; 50 percent of them go on to jail. Behind those grim figures lie the grimmer realities of streets ruled by drug dealers, families fractured by addiction and prison and a public school system seemingly surrendered to chaos. As eloquently portrayed in Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady's award-winning documentary, which has its national broadcast premiere on public television's POV, a generation of inner-city children faces dilemmas that would undo most adults. In this case, they are told early on that they face three stark "dress" options by their 18th birthdays — prison orange, a suit in a box, or a high school cap and gown.
The four young boys featured in The Boys of Baraka, despite individual talents and considerable personal charms, cannot escape the common fate expressed by those dress options. But fate, as documented in this film, comes to them with a remarkable and fickle twist — an experimental boarding school in rural Kenya.
The Boys of Baraka won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Independent or Foreign Film, as well as Best Documentary Awards at the Chicago and Newport film festivals, a special Jury Award at South by Southwest (SXSW), and Audience Awards at the Woodstock and SILVERDOCS film festivals.
Devon Brown, Montrey Moore, Richard Keyser, Jr., and Richard's younger brother, Romesh Vance, are just at that age — 12 and 13 years old — when boys start to become men. On the harsh streets of a city like Baltimore, Maryland, where the four boys live, that passage presents choices that are far more make-or-break, even life-or-death, than anything faced by their counterparts in the suburbs or the middle-class districts of the city. Will they succumb to the lure of the drug trade? Will they, against the odds, continue their education? Or one day will they simply, whether the intended target or not, stop a bullet? Given the odds against them, do these boys have the power to make a choice?

2. Medford Oregon, Poverty Rate Data - Information about poor and low income residents: http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Medford-Oregon.html

This website is a simple format of charts that displays the demographics of poverty in Southern Oregon, principly Medford OR.

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2007:

|| Medford: || external image sg4.gif 12.9% ||
Whole state:
external image sg6.gif 12.9%

sample chart
Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

I chose this site because it puts actual figures to the dilema. When we talk about poverty, we often have a hard time relating to it. When there is a percentage or a chart showing who and where and how many poverty strikes, it is much more likely to make an impact. The other great fact about this simple web page is that it shows clearly how poverty strikes every race and age.

Probably the best aspect of this webpage is the diversity of the charts. There is a chart with percentage rates for practically every demographic in Medford, OR. Not only that, every percentage rate is compared to that of the state as a whole giving the researcher a baseline to compare to making this a very comprehensive resource.

I gave the webpage a 4/5 only because the page itself is rather boring and non-interactive. There is no search bar or links to relative pages or resources to continue research of the topic.

3. The Apple (theapple.monster.com), where teachers meat and learn


How One School is Fighting Poverty
How One School is Fighting Poverty

Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

I gave this website a 5 because it is an awesome resource for teachers in general. It's very interactive and chaulk full of wonderful ideas, communication and resources.

The link I posted is specific to poverty on the Apple. I encourage you to continue reading past the first few paragraphs. I will admit that the beginning of the article is a bit benign. I too get frustrated by silly little half hearted ideas that appear to address the issues but really don't. Cute little posters in the hallway are not the way to solve systemic issues like poverty and inequity. But trudge forward because the article opens up some great ideas about dealing with poverty at school.

My favorite quote from this article:

"One of the best ways to help children of poverty is to extend the school environment into the community."

4. RESEARCH WATCH: Wake County, NC Public School System; Evaluation and Research Department.

Link: http://www.wcpss.net/evaluation-research/reports/1999/9920_poverty.pdf

This website is an Adobe Reader based format. Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

Research watch is periodical published by Wake County Public School System. This particular article is about the affects of poverty at school from every angle. It is fabulous article and an insightful read. It is the clearest, most concise single website on the impact of poverty at school I have found. There are multiple charts to aid in the presentation of facts which can really help drive a point home to a parent or non-believer of the damaging affects poverty wreaks on a child and a school as a whole including teachers. The content alone ranks this website a 5 because of its powerful nature.

5. PBS FRONTLINE: Digital Nation; Life on the Virtuall Frontier, February 2010

Link: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/view/

Please go to link click play and fast forward to approx. 29:40 min.

Rating: 1 2 3 4 5.

This is a story about the will of one man seeing the inequity at his school. Jason Leevy, principal of a Jr. High school in New York's south Bronx took the job when no one else would. He saw the school was failing for many different reasons largely connected to poverty. He reached out to local community to fund raise and bring his school to modern technological standards so to teach his students the world around them and training for a real future.

I gave this short video clip a 4 not a 5 because it is short and does not give the entire back story. The film is also on an unrelated topic. But this clip shows how teachers and educators can get creative to solve inequities to build brighter futures.

6. OPEN EDUCATION.NET: Free Education for All!

Link: http://www.openeducation.net/2009/04/01/poverty-and-education-the-challenge-of-improving-schools/

THIS WEBSITE ROCKS!!!!!! Its mission is far reaching for educators. this particular link to the website is about homelessness and its growing impact on students. It adresses a very real concern that is growing rapidly in our country. The story takes place in Greenbay WI where unemployment has gone over 10%. The number of homeless students in this country has doubled in the last year. Howl Elementary in Greenbay has 40 homeless students, that's 1 in 10.

PLEASE PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO: PBS News Hour:Schools Cope With More Homeless Students
and any others available on this link, they are outstanding. If I could have, I would give this website a 6

Rating: 1 2 3 4 5+++

7. The Shame of Our Nation

This video is very poignant and fairly well done. If nothing else, the images and the statics embedded in them will truely make you think about the poverty gap in our nations education system.

Rating: 1 2 3 4 5


Now here is an excellent example of how to work with poverty and education in your community. This is an inspiring video about a school in Detroit especially for teen mothers who would normally drop out. This school caters only to teen mothers and has a astonishing success rate for graduation. They focus on resource development for example, every student is accepted to a 2 year college before they graduate as a condition of graduation. All financial aid forms are filled out and a career path is outlined.

Enjoy this inspirational video. I hope all who see this are inspired to do more, I know I am.

Rating: 1 2 3 4 5

A school where dreams are born from Marcin Szczepanski on Vimeo.


Don't tell me poverty doesn't affect a child at school. This video is is truly a clip of reality. All footage is from America, TODAY! How can anybody perform under these conditions? How can we go forward as a country with any kind of pride when our children have to wake up to this reality? It is NOT THEIR FAULT, kids ca't choose their parents, but WE CAN CHOOSE TO HELP! If after you watch this video, you cannot think of a way to get involved in poverty at your school, then I am at a loss

I gave this video a 4/5 only because it is a highly emotional piece that doesn't go into detail and gives very few resources to lead a person to making change.

Rating: 1 2 3 4 5



Too many wonderful quotes to write down. This video is about a school district in a county in Luisianna that has historically been a high poverty district from its beginning. They decided to no longer accept anything less than excellence from tip to tail. This is not just an example video but a tutorial on how to turn a school around. These people care!


Rating: 1 2 3 4 5