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Poverty Center releases Poverty Curriculum

The UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity is pleased to release a high school curriculum about poverty in America. The curriculum was designed by Brian McDonald, a teacher at Jordan High School in Durham, North Carolina, for use with high school students.

The curriculum aims to inform a new generation of Americans about the history, causes, and effects of domestic poverty as well as how poverty remains a problem in society today. Mr. McDonald’s curriculum has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education for Durham Public Schools.

The units can be used as a group to make up the foundation for a stand-alone class on poverty, or can be introduced as smaller lessons within other courses.

Congratulations to Brian for winning the Williams College George Olmsted Jr. Class of of 1924 Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching!

Brian was one of four winners and was nominated by a former student at Jordan High School (now a senior at Williams). The annual prize is awarded to teachers who play an influential role in the lives and learning of their students. Brian was named the Claes Nobel Educator of the Year in 2013 and was voted Most Inspirational Teacher in 2007, 2011 and 2012. His book, "Not the End, but the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School, 1963-1988" was published in 2013.

"Seeing the Invisible" Series available for Kindle

The entirety of our "Seeing the Invisible" series, which spotlighted different poverty-related issues in our state last year in the News and Observer, is now available for Kindle. It is a great way to re-read the series on the go or to give the gift of poverty awareness to someone else for under four dollars.

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