2017 Spring Symposium

March 14th, 2017

300 M.A.C. Ave, East Lansing, MI 48823

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?  

How can school operations and infrastructures be supportive and conducive to the needs of hard-to-serve student populations? From on-boarding families to human resource procedures, how can school business professionals be equipped with creative thinking and adaptive solutions for schools? Join educators from around the state to discuss innovative approaches to school budgeting, human resource strategies and marketing methods that best support students and families who are exposed to chronic stress and trauma.