Conference on Education and Poverty

Creating and Sustaining Support Systems for Educating Children in Poverty

March 20-21, 2024
Holiday Inn, Greenville, NC

Educators and researchers are invited to join us for our first annual conference focusing on supporting children and families in poverty. This two-day conference includes speakers, concurrent sessions, **meals**, and multiple opportunities to engage with colleagues across the region.

Important Dates

  • October 4, 2023: Conference registration opens
  • December 1, 2023: Proposals due
  • January 15, 2024: Notifications sent by this date
  • February 1, 2024: Early registration ends; presenters must register by this date
  • February 20, 2024: Hotel reduced rate deadline

Registration Costs

By February 1February 2-March 1

Note: Link to register for the conference is forthcoming.

Session Types

Research to Practice
Case Studies
Encouraged for researchers or practitioners who conduct or use research that is relevant to practice in meaningful ways. Interaction with, and between, participants is encouraged.
Designed for researchers and/or teachers as storytellers; involves the presentation of a pedagogical case in three sections (context, problem/issue, solution/results).
Concept-focused sessions designed for idea generation and discussion facilitated by presenter. The abstract should contain guiding questions and content for discussion. Both participants and facilitator should engage in discussion around the topic.

Proposal Submission Guidelines

The proposal should include the following:

  • Abstract: 100-word maximum description of your presentation.
  • Objectives: 2-4 outcomes of your session, what participants will leave your session understanding and able to do.
  • Full Proposal
    • Choose one of the conference strands and explain the proposal’s connection to the strand (250-word limit)
    • Explain how you will engage the audience, including how you will ensure your session is accessible for different populations in attendance. Connect to your session type. (250-word limit)
    • References and/or Resources- Using APA, provide a list of references for your session (e.g., Research to Practice, Case Studies) or resources you will provide for your session (e.g., Case Studies, Roundtables).
  • Proposals will be anonymized and peer reviewed. The rubric considers content; relevance to, and engagement with, audience; connections to conference strand; relevance of resources; and overall cohesiveness.

Stay tuned for proposal submission form!

Strand Descriptions
  • Trauma Informed Instruction: Educators are not mental health professionals but must recognize, understand, and support the needs of children exposed to trauma. How can teachers create classrooms that are trauma-informed?
  • Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom: Social-emotional learning (SEL) underscores the critical link between academic success and emotional well-being. By nurturing students’ SEL development, educators can provide the essential foundation needed to overcome challenges posed by poverty and empower them to thrive academically and in life.
  • Research, Policy, and Practice on Working with Children and Families in Poverty: Eleven million children (one in seven) in the US are experiencing poverty, accounting for 1/3 of the country’s total poverty-stricken population. How do researchers’ and policymakers’ work inform educators’ practice?
  • Increasing Educational Access and Success for Low Income Students: Who or what are educational gatekeepers for students experiencing poverty? Do the gatekeepers vary based on generational or situational poverty; absolute or relative poverty; rural or urban poverty? What role do myths, stereotypes, and/or deficit thinking play in educational access and success for students from low-income households?