Poverty, Sleep, and the Classroom: What Can Teachers Do?

The objective of this session is to help teachers understand how poverty impacts the brain and sleep and how that in turn influences your classroom academically and socioemotionally.To visualize the impact of poverty on the brain we will be constructing a brain out of pipecleaners and gadgets based on the life circumstances dealt to us. We will engage in stress reducing activities (e.g., stress balls, calm down jars, classroom yoga) that can be used in your classroom. Participants will be able to take home their stress reducing projects. Door prizes- such as books, yoga4classroom materials- will be given throughout the session.

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Julie Parker

Asst. Professor, Mississippi State University

Julie Parker is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Mississippi State University. She currently serves as the early childhood specialist for Partnerships to Promote Healthy Lifestyles for Children and Families, a SEPA funded integrated project focusing on childhood obesity. She is the PI or Co-I on several research projects and has over 15 years of experience with projects specifically related to early care and education professionals’ perceptions of experiential learning and curriculum development.

Lori Elmore-Staton

Asst. Professor, Mississippi State University

Lori Elmore-Staton is an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Mississippi State University. She received her B. S. degree in Psychology and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Dr. Staton has conducted biophysiological research for more than 15 years, with a special emphasis on sleep and emotion regulation of young children. Her current work focuses on integrating biophysiological health research into education programs for teachers and parents.