CSFE will initially focus on an examination of the complex issue of poverty and the impact it has on education. The research on poverty crosses disciplinary lines as researchers examine the physical, social, emotional, psychological, and educational impact of growing up in poverty. Our goal is to begin to establish an understanding of poverty and the effect it can have on students and then to examine effective strategies for working with these students. Through a dedicated Moodle site, interested individuals can contribute to a discussion on the topic.
St. John Baptist de La Salle is known as the innovator of modern pedagogy for his work establishing schools to educate disadvantaged children in 17th century France. Manhattan College follows the spirit of the founder by being responsive to the needs of the current time and place. The College is committed to education as a power to change lives, with a special commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty through a quality education.