Poverty, Stress, and Schools: Translating Neuroscience for the Classroom

Submitted by Minjee Kim on Sunday, 4/3/2016, at 9:23 PM

"Poverty, Stress, and Schools: Translating Neuroscience for the Classroom”: a talk by Dr. Pamela Cantor, followed by response from Professor Carrie Palmquist and Deb King, LICSW. 

Dr. Pamela Cantor is the founder, president, and CEO of Turnaround for Children, a nonprofit organization with a mission to transform public education so that high-poverty schools across America are designed to confront the predictable and recurring challenges of poverty as they manifest inside schools. To meet this goal, Turnaround translates the science that explains the impact of stress on learning to classroom settings. Dr. Cantor found Turnaround for Children from her experience as a child psychiatrist, treating children exposed to trauma, and also from her assessment of the impact of the 9/11 attacks on schoolchildren in the New York City.  

The talk will discuss the impact of childhood trauma, stress, and adversity on brain development, epigenetics, the classroom, health, and the overall student development. Dr. Cantor will discuss her career path, story, journey, background, and what Turnaround for Children is doing, followed by response from Professor Palmquist and Deb King and a discussion to conclude the event.