Understanding the Joyful Messiness of Classrooms: The Polyvagal Theory in Education


Enjoy this lively and engaging conversation that brings The Polyvagal Theory into education. Dr. Debra Em Wilson discusses her Seven Polyvagal Principles designed to make implementation possible in busy, time-crunched classrooms. She shares her insights and stories based on thirty plus years as a teacher and educational consultant in schools. She draws from her new book The Polyvagal Path to Joyful Learning: Transforming classrooms one nervous system at a time.

Debra lives in Oro Valley, Arizona and has been teaching and consulting in schools for 30 plus years. She is a reading specialist and founder of S’cool Moves, Inc. She holds a Doctorate from University of Southern Queensland and an MA in Education from Fresno State University.  In addition to The Polyvagal Path to Joyful Learning (released February 2023), Dr. Wilson is the author of The Polyvagal Backpack (to be released October 2023), both published by WW Norton Company, Inc.