2018 Series

How Schools Succeed by Nurturing the Whole Child

Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 6 p.m.
The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence St., Hartford, CT 

School feeds the mind—but only if the body is healthy and fed first. Kids can arrive at school with all kinds of challenges, from a missed breakfast to exposure to violence. In Connecticut we know all too well that even the most idyllic communities can face adversities and chronic stress. Join a lively discussion about how teachers and schools in the state are helping the whole child be healthy, resilient, and ready to learn.

Join us for the first UConn Science Salon of the 2018 season, featuring the work of UConn’s Collaboratory on School and Child Health. Our expert panel will lead a lively discussion about how teachers, researchers and schools in the state are helping the whole child be healthy, resilient, and ready to learn.

All are welcome. The $15 registration cost includes one drink and appetizers. Advanced registration is required; register here.

Meet the panelists and moderator:

Althea Brooks

Althea Marshall Brooks currently serves as the executive director of Bridge to Success Community Partnership (BTS) in Waterbury, Connecticut. Waterbury BTS aims to ensure the city’s youth, from cradle to career, have access to the quality education and support needed to be successful. Brooks previously served as the New Haven Public Schools Director of Coordinated School Health.

Sandra M. Chafouleas, Ph.D., is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor in the Neag School of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology and co-director of the UConn Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH). She serves as an advisor to the Office of Special Education Programs-funded National Center on Intensive Interventions.

Lindsey DiStefano, Ph.D., is an associate professor of kinesiology at UConn. A certified athletic trainer, DiStefano conducts research to determine the best ways to promote physical literacy and reduce the risk of sports-related injuries in children. She is currently working to identify screening tools for physical literacy and best practices for dissemination and implementation of classroom-based physical activity.

Panel moderator Desi Nesmith, chief turnaround officer for the Connecticut State Department of Education and 2014 Milken Educator Award recipient, is known for his ability to build a collective team to ensure every child’s success. Nesmith is a proud three-time graduate of the University of Connecticut and has served as the president of the Neag School of Education Alumni Association.

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Future Event Dates

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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