Friday, August 8, 2014

Webinar: Improving the Learning Environment through Increased Access to School Breakfast

Later this month, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) will be hosting a webinar exploring efforts to increase participation in school breakfast programs. Titled "Breakfast for Learning: How Education Groups are Joining Efforts to Improve the Learning Environment through Increased Access to School Breakfast," the presentation will look at ways in which stakeholders across the country are trying to maximize the health and academic benefits of the School Breakfast Program.

Research has shown a connection between participation in school breakfast and positive outcomes such as decreased tardiness and absenteeism and improved focus in the classroom. At the same time, students face barriers to participation in the program, including stigma arising from the belief that school breakfast is for low-income students and difficulties in getting to school early enough to participate in traditional programs. This webinar will explore these and other challenges and ways in which groups across the nation are tackling them in order to help students be healthy and academically successful.

Scheduled speakers include:
  • Kelly Beckwith, AASA (The School Superintendents Association)
  • Kara Boyer, National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation
  • Annelise Cohon, Senior Project Coordinator, National Education Association Health Information Network
  • Eyang Garrison, Child Nutrition Policy Analyst, FRAC
  • Whitney Meagher, National Association of State Boards of Education
  • Heather Parker, National PTA
The webinar will take place on Tuesday, August, 19 from 3:00 - 4:00pm ET.

To learn more about and register for this webinar, please visit FRAC's website here.

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