2017 Summer Symposium

August 10th, 2017

While schools across Michigan serve a diverse array of students from urban to rural cities, no school is exempt from hard-to-serve students.  And, perhaps most would even say the majority of students fit this mold.  These children may be facing hunger, homelessness or even poverty-related trauma.  Additionally, students today face more stress than any other generation. Whether it is stress caused by pressure to succeed in school or stress caused by living in poverty and exposed to traumatic events, it impacts their life and their education.

“Child poverty also influences genomic function and brain development by exposure to toxic stress, a condition characterized by ‘excessive or prolonged activation of the physiologic stress response systems in the absence of the buffering protection afforded by stable, responsive relationships.’ Children living in poverty are at increased risk of difficulties with self-regulation and executive function, such as inattention, impulsivity, defiance, and poor peer relationships. Poverty can make parenting difficult, especially in the context of concerns about inadequate food, energy, transportation, and housing.” American Academy of Pediatrics

Knowing this, how can we as an educational sector support students in working through these challenges while aiming high to achieve success?  

Connection to your students is the key to success, but how do these relationships differ in working with students who are exposed to chronic trauma and stress? It takes trust in yourself and a self-awareness to become vulnerable with your classroom and students. This event is designed to bring together instructional staff and leadership to discuss and debate the qualities of effective teaching in urban schools serving a high-poverty population living in survival mode. How can we teach with rigor in the classroom to children living in severe conditions, yet continue to hold high expectations for our students?

This interactive event will provide educators alike access to innovative and radical experts that will provide a unique look into how a teacher’s integrity allows vulnerability in the classroom and how to ultimately drive connection to students. Save your seat today to ensure you have access to educational pioneers that will open your mind on how interdependence of the student teacher relationship pushes the bounds learning for all!