This article reports on how Riverdale Avenue Community School engaged additional social workers to assist students in dealing with their social-emotional needs. The school principal made this a priority with the understanding that these supports were vital to student success.Source:
Tara Garcia Mathewson, Education DIVE, August 29, 2016Description:
As the founding principal of Riverdale Avenue Community School in Brooklyn, Meghan Dunn had to consider the challenges of the neighborhood when designing a program that could last. All but 2% of Riverdale students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and 94% are black or Latino. About 25% of kids qualify for special education services….[Dunn] wanted to do things differently and develop partnerships that could really meet the needs of the students and parents in the community. One of the things she did was sign a contract with Partnership With Children, a social service agency that provides mental health services to children and professional training for staff members while also engaging families and coordinating external supports.Read the full article here!