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News and Opinion Oct 3, 2018

How Mental Health, Trauma and Stress Shape Educational Outcomes: EdSurge Highlights Pamela Cantor, M.D. Keynote

EdSurge writers Emily Tate and Sydney Johnson highlighted Pamela Cantor, M.D.’s keynote presentation at EdSurge Fusion 2018, held in Burlingame, CA, in an October 3 article, “How Mental Health, Trauma and Stress Shape Educational Outcomes.”

Read an excerpt:

“If we narrowly target academics, and we don’t pay attention to how children become learners in the first place—the barriers to that, the accelerants to do that—children won’t be able to do what we are asking them to do,” she said. “And the kids that we worry about when we up the academic pressure are kids who are going to fall farther and farther behind.”

In essence, Cantor captured the idea behind this year’s Fusion conference—that in order to improve education for students in a meaningful way, educators must take into account every aspect of their lives, including what goes on beyond the walls of the classroom.