Poverty Is NOT a Learning Disability

Equalizing Opportunities for Low SES Students

by Lizette Y. Howard, Sandy G. Dresser, Dennis R. Dunklee


Proven strategies for increasing the academic performance of students with low school-readiness skills!

Children of low socioeconomic status often enter school with low school-readiness skills, leading them to be misidentified as learning disabled. Educators in Grades K–12 can allocate resources for special education services more effectively and meet the needs of low SES students by preventing students from being placed in the wrong program and by providing readiness supports. Examining proven success stories, the authors provide: 

  • Training resources 
  • Assessment tools for identifying learning needs 
  • Strategies for building collaborative communitywide relationships
  • Data charts proving the success of schoolwide initiatives

  • SAGE Publications; July 2009
  • ISBN: 9781412993630
  • Edition: 1
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Poverty Is NOT a Learning Disability
  • Author: Lizette Y. Howard (ed.); Sandy G. Dresser (ed.); Dennis R. Dunklee (ed.)
  • Imprint: Corwin

In The Press

"This book is more than well-researched theory. This is a lifelong study in practical experience that proves once again that the value of building relationships within a community is vital to success."