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2014 Poverty & Homelessness Conference (PHC)

Together: Beacons of Hope and Inspiration

The conference will take place September 15, 2014 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Stetson University's DeLand campus (421 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL).

Together, we can make a positive impact in our community!

The number of school-aged children experiencing poverty and homelessness is significantly high and continuing to rise. The first annual P.H.C. will provide culturally responsive strategies for K-12 educators to effectively reach students in poverty. In addition to illuminating the complexity of poverty in our state, this conference will provide educators with ideas to build and sustain equitable learning environments to improve students' academic success and social-emotional wellbeing. The following topics will be addressed at the conference:

  • Poverty Awareness
  • Systems of Inequity
  • Working with Families
  • Nutrition & Health Implications
  • Art Integration & Resiliency
  • Responsive Strategies
  • Housing Instability Implications
  • English Language Learners

The 2014 Poverty & Homelessness Conference is a collaboration between Stetson University and Volusia County Schools.

Keynote Speaker

Paul Gorski

Paul Gorski

Author, Teaching and Reaching Students in Poverty

Paul Gorski, author of the recently released Teaching and Reaching Students in Poverty, will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Poverty and Homelessness Conference.

Gorski is an associate professor at George Mason University, where he helped to found and run an undergraduate program in social justice and human rights. He is the founder of EdChange, a coalition of educators and activists who provide professional development on educational equity, create free resources for fellow educators and activists, and model a commitment to moving beyond celebrating the joys of diversity and toward equity literacy in schools and communities. His work focuses on building the competencies and literacies necessary to authenticate diversity and equity efforts at schools, college and universities, community organizations, and others around the world.

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Note to Volusia County Principals

Registration for the P.H.C. will be handled through Volusia County Schools' Office of Professional Development and Support. Please send participants' names (e.g., selected school representatives) by May 30, 2014 to Cathy Brown at ccbrown@volusia.k12.fl.us.

More Information

For more information, contact P.H.C. Founder and Executive Director Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D. at:

The 2014 PHC is brought to you through to the generous support of the following sponsors:

  • Glenn Ritchey Properties LLC
  • Hosseini Family Foundation
  • Nina B. Hollis Institute for Educational Reform
  • Stetson University Cross Cultural Center
  • Stetson University Center for Community Engagement
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