On March 20, Lori Madrid visited NCCS to share her model of trauma-informed practices in schools and to explore how this model might be useful to Children’s Aid community schools in New York City. This model, called Everyone Matters, is currently being implemented across several public schools in Phoenix, AZ. The model brings clinical services into low-income schools, using trained social work interns. NCCS introduced Madrid to Jennifer MitchellMayer at the New York City Department of Education since she currently manages a program that brings interns from New York City’s six graduate schools of social work into community schools across the city.
On April 12, John Sherman, community partnership school director, Children's Home Society of Florida, Shannon Cross, assistant principal, C.A. Weis Elementary in Pensacola, Dr. Guofang Wan, department chair, University of West Florida, and Dr. Rashmi Sharma, postdoctoral teaching associate, University of West Florida, visited NCCS to learn more about the necessary structures and practices that guide, support, and sustain a community school. In the morning, Sherman joined New York City’s Office of Community Schools Directors’ monthly borough convening, focused on resources and strategies for social and emotional learning. Sherman and his university partners spent the afternoon visiting and touring the P.S. 5 Ellen Lurie Children’s Aid community school. Our visitors met with Madelyn Gonzalez, Children’s Aid community school director, Chris Arnest, P.S. 5 Principal, Nayady Cruz, Children’s Aid parent coordinator, and Ivette Mendez, Children’s Aid program director to explore issues of school governance, family engagement, alignment and integration, and results.