April 18: Connecting the Dots Between Science, Stress and Student Development- A Cause-Minded Conversation at CFT with Michael Lamb

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Adversity isn't something that just happens to children, it happens inside their brains and bodies through the biological mechanism of stress. Children living in poverty often endure stress from adverse experiences, such as exposure to violence, loss of a loved one or homelessness. The good news is the brain is malleable. Science offers reasons for optimism for schools struggling to educate children growing up with adversity.

Research has shown that supportive, buffering relationships with adults can prevent and even reverse the negative effects of prolonged exposure to stress. Schools can be designed to become supportive, trustful environments for children, where they can develop the skills and mindsets that are requisite for success in school, work and life.

Learn about the impact of trauma and stress on learning and student development and how this knowledge connects to what educators see in their students and experience in their schools. By understanding and addressing the impact of adversity on learning and student development, we can put all children on a path toward healthy development and academic achievement.

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Tuesday April 18
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CMC featuring Michael Lamb Connecting the Dots Between Science, Stress and Student Development
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Michael Lamb Biography

Shankar Vedantam

Michael joined Turnaround for Children in 2013 as Director of District Engagement and in 2014 was promoted to Executive Director, Washington, D.C. Before Turnaround, Michael was at the U.S. Department of Education, where in 2009 he was appointed Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, and helped lead the Office of Civil Rights’ strategic planning process and technical assistance efforts. In 2011, he became Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education on school turnaround, high school redesign and Title II programs and policies. Michael worked as an organizer on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and spent his most treasured years to date teaching seventh and eighth-graders at a turnaround school in the Harold Ickes Homes, a housing project on Chicago’s South Side.

Michael graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in public policy studies while earning his teaching certificate.

Who is your hero?

President Barack Obama. I had the opportunity to work for him for seven years, and I really admire the way he has incorporated his roots as a community organizer into the biggest job in the world.

What motivates you?

The students that I taught on the South Side of Chicago motivates me. They proved just how fast students can improve, and motivate me to make sure as many students as possible get that experience.

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