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Webinar – Understanding Poverty & Stress in K-12 Students

February 8, 2023
5:00-6:00 pm CST
Professional Development


Katharine Broton, Ph.D.
Katharine Broton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Educational Policy & Leadership Studies in University of Iowa’s College of Education with courtesy appointments in Sociology and the Public Policy Center

Event Details

This introductory session will cover foundational information regarding the scope and depth of poverty in our schools.  We will consider the relationship between poverty and stress as well as implications for students and communities. We will conclude with a discussion of how we can support students who are experiencing poverty and related stressors.

About Katharine Broton

Broton is a sociologist of education who studies poverty and inequality in school contexts. She is best known for her work on basic needs insecurity. Prior to becoming a professor, she worked in high-poverty middle and high schools and as a community-based education evaluator supporting K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. Her work has appeared in Educational ResearcherEducational Evaluation and Policy AnalysisThe New York Times, and Wisconsin Public Television, among others. In 2021, she received University of Iowa’s Early Career Scholar Award.