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Students, parents, and educators want him to focus on improving low test scores, re-establishing trust, and community engagement.
While also calling for "critical dialogue," the Board of Education postponed the public hearing scheduled for Thursday, saying that everyone needs time "to process events and to begin healing."
School board member Mallory Fix Lopez wanted the District to offer guidance to teachers.
Counselors do weekly check-ins with students, offering emotional support and academic advice.
The event, which promises a surprise keynote speaker, will take place June 9.
Concerns about the effects of isolation on families led to the partnership with Uplift. Other possible results of the pandemic include the loss of snow days and a different approach to building cleanup.
Universities and public officials join with schools to implement programs and conduct research.
Pottstown and the Mastery charter network have made it a priority. And several Philadelphia District schools have programs and partnerships.
“The world of thinking about trauma, the importance of school climate and social-emotional learning is 20, 30, 40 years behind the world of instruction."
The 2020-21 school year will mark the start of a different approach and enhanced services, officials said.
Schools at the epicenter of the city’s opioid crisis struggle to insulate themselves from the problems outside their walls, while also working to help kids cope with the emotional trauma they carry inside.
In addition to bringing calm and self-awareness, the practice unleashes curiosity, according to Amy Perez.
The Student Council at the K-8 school initiated the activities.
One year ago, the Parkland, Florida, shooting brought more attention to the issue.
After two students from one school were killed, the counselor wanted to act fast. She turned to the Uplift Center for Grieving Children for help.
“You can say what you want, and no one takes offense," one participant says. "Everybody’s been through the same thing.”