Workshop to look at links between poverty, education

Published June 19, 2014

The fourth Buffalo Poverty Research Workshop, “Education and Poverty,” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon March 1 in the Education Center and Atrium, Olmsted Center for Sight, 1170 Main St., Buffalo.

It will be free and open to the public.

The workshop is designed for local scholars, social service agencies, advocates, and government leaders and staff, among others. It will offer everyone concerned with poverty in Buffalo an opportunity to learn about new and ongoing research in the field and find out about promising strategies and opportunities for interagency collaboration.

On-site registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. To register before March 1, contact Kyla Jaquish at or 852-4191, ext. 115.

The event is sponsored by UB's Civic Engagement and Public Policy research initiative (CEPP), the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, the Partnership for the Public Good and the Western New York Service Learning Coalition.

Workshop topics will include “The Impact of Poverty on School Wellness,” “Preparing Teachers for Poverty’s Challenges” and “Meeting the Non-Academic Needs of Students in Poverty.”

Presenters will include David Rust, executive director of Say Yes to Education, Buffalo; Samuel Radford III, president, District Parent Coordinating Council; Keith Frome, headmaster, King Center Charter Middle School; John Siskar, director, Center for Excellence in Urban Education, Buffalo State College; Jill Koyama, professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, UB Graduate School of Education; Assunta Ventresca, director, Health Related Services, Buffalo Public Schools; John Crabbe, supervisor of attendance services, Buffalo Public Schools; and Sam Magavern, co-director, Partnership for the Public Good and adjunct instructor, UB Law School.