Peter DeWitt's article starts out with statistics about poverty we are already familar with. But please don't stop reading. What matters is at the end of the article and it's about you, the teacher. Not only that but there is an embedded link to the ASCD Study Guide for Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind: Practical Strategies for Raising Achievement.
http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/113001/chapters/An-ASCD-Study-Guide-for-Engaging-Students-with-Poverty-in-Mind@-Practical-Strategies-for-Raising-Achievement.aspx This is a study guide to the book of the same title by Eric Jensen.
Five Things Most People Don't Know About Poverty & Student Achievement. Peter DeWitt. 10.13.13. Education Week - Finding Common Ground