Are you ready to challenge your perspectives and enrich your curriculum with meaningful discussions of economic inequality? Join our fall book club to read Matthew Desmond's Poverty, by America and connect with other educators.

Book Club includes three self-paced lessons and two optional Zoom events - a kickoff and discussion. U.S.-based Econiful members who complete the book club will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.


August 28 - October 13

Zoom Meetings 

Optional, but encouraged!

  • Kick-off Meeting | August 28, 4:00 pm PT
  • Book Discussion | October 9, 4:00 pm PT

Three Self-Paced Nearpod Modules

Each should take 30 minutes or less to complete


Check to see if you qualify for a free member account​​ before registering.


Everyone who completes all three Nearpod Modules will receive a certificate for 8 hours of PD.


The United States, the richest country on earth, has more poverty than any other advanced democracy. Why? Why does this land of plenty allow one in every eight of its children to go without basic necessities, permit scores of its citizens to live and die on the streets, and authorize its corporations to pay poverty wages? 


In this landmark book, acclaimed sociologist Matthew Desmond draws on history, research, and original reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor.


Elegantly written and fiercely argued, this compassionate book gives us new ways of thinking about a morally urgent problem. It also helps us imagine solutions. Desmond builds a startlingly original and ambitious case for ending poverty. He calls on us all to become poverty abolitionists, engaged in a politics of collective belonging to usher in a new age of shared prosperity and, at last, true freedom.

Publication: March 2023

Length: 304 Pages