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The Newark Trust for Education Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (SSLE) Summit: May 10-13th

 

The Newark Trust for Education is proud to present the third annual Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (SSLE) Summit: Covid-19 & Beyond! This year’s summit will focus on working together with students and families to create safe and supportive learning environments post pandemic. Over the course of four days (May 10th – 13th) participants will hear keynote remarks delivered by experts including Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; Dena Simmons, Ed.D., Educator. Activist. Lifelong Learner and founder of LiberatED; David Adams, Board of Directors of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and  CEO of The Urban Assembly; and national expert on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Dave Ellis, Executive Director for the Office of Resilience within New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Over the past year families nationwide have grappled with the anxiety, trauma and uncertainty induced by Covid-19 and violence against people of color. Parents, caregivers and educators are wondering how to speak with young people about the current social climate, while trying to maintain their own mental health and wellness, and those of their families. There is a need, now more than ever, for a holistic approach to create learning environments in which students feel safe and supported, both in and out of school. During the 2021 SSLE Summit participants will explore an emerging framework for a 360° approach to creating such environments, which draw on the following five components:

  • Culturally Sustaining Practices
  • Equitable Access
  • Multigenerational Approaches
  • Standards-based Approaches
  • Systemic Supports


NOTE: Separate registration is required for each day.

Please be mindful of the highlighted information for Day 2.




CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DAY 1


Break (11:30 am - 11:45 am)
DAY #1 - Monday May 10, 2021 (10:0 am - 12:15pm)
SYSTEMIC SUPPORTS
Plenary Session (10:00 am - 11:30 am)
Families as Partners: Charting a Way Forward
This plenary session features the landscape paper developed by the Newark Trust for Education titled Families as partners in Newark’s evolving early childhood landscape. The paper discusses Newark’s rich, multi-sectoral, early childhood landscape, including Research and Advocacy, Maternal and Child Health, Positive Parenting and Stable Families, Quality, Affordable Childcare and Early Learning. It also offers guidelines for enhancing standards-based, multi-generational, culturally sustaining and strengths-based, scalable and sustainable, and systemically connected practices in the field. Findings from the landscape paper will be explored. (Moderator: Atya Weiss, Burke Foundation; Panelists: Milagros Nores, National Institute for Early Education Research; Jasmin Young, University Hospital; Jasmine Spencer, South Ward Children’s Alliance; Samantha Lott-Velez, Newark Board of Education; Discussant: Diana Autin, State Parent Advocacy Network)

Keynote Address (11:45am to 12:15 pm)
Family Engagement for Student Success
Strengthening family-school partnerships has perhaps never been more critical than it is today. Join this webinar to hear from Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and author of “Partners in Education: A Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships” (2014). This keynote will address how to:

  • Build authentic partnerships with families using Mapp’s Dual Capacity-Building Framework.
  • Explore how COVID-19 has strengthened the role of families as co-creators of their children’s education.
  • Gain actionable tools and strategies for your school or district to empower families as learning partners and drive equitable outcomes for students.
  • Support educators in activating the power of collaboration between teachers, students, and families and in using family perception data for school improvement planning.

(Presented by Karen L. Mapp, Ed.D., Senior Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education).




CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DAY 2

DAY #2 - Tuesday May 11, 2021 (10:00 am - 12:30pm)
CULTURALLY SUSTAINING PRACTICES & MULTIGENERATIONAL APPROACHES
Keynote Address (10:00 am to 11:00 am)
From Surviving to Thriving: Creating Equitable Environments Through Emotional Intelligence and Culturally Relevant Practices
For communities to thrive individuals must feel safe to be who they inherently are; they must love themselves fully. To create this dynamic, our leadership, instruction, and assessment must foster psychological and emotional safety through emotional intelligence, culturally responsivity, and anti-racist practices. During this interactive session, participants explore the intersections between culturally relevant practices and emotional intelligence in the creation of equitable and welcoming communities, where everyone can learn in the comfort of their uniqueness. (Presented by Dena Simmons, Ed.D., Educator. Activist. Lifelong Learner, an antiracist approach to social and emotional learning and healing.)

NTE SEL Awards (11:00 am to 11:15 am)
The Newark Trust for Education’s first ever SEL Awards are designed to recognize educators, students and families committed to implementing SEL practices during the many challenges faced in these un-precedented times. Awardees highlighted during this segment are individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to keeping SEL at the forefront of their practices, studies, and interactions in the virtual learning environment.

Break (11:15 am - 11:30 am)

Breakout Sessions (11:30 am to 12:30 pm)
Day 2 - Session #1
Student-first SEL: Developing a Culturally Responsive Approach to Social Emotional Learning
SEL can be a powerful tool for deepening one's connection to their own culture and for building bridges between communities. For this to occur, SEL initiatives and practices must be developed in a responsible and inclusive manner. This session will deepen participant’s understanding of culturally responsive SEL and its key principles, for application to individual practices and communities. (Facilitators Brandon Frame, Joshua Bobrow, and Fabiola Quinones, Urban Assembly)
NOTE:This session requires separate registration.  Click here to register.

Day 2 - Session #2
Multigenerational Home Visiting Programs: Innovative Approaches that Center Culturally Sustaining Practices to Support Family Engagement
Multigenerational approaches that support culturally sustaining practices and family engagement can be used in many arenas, including human services, education, workforce development, and health, to address a myriad of issues, such as poverty, literacy, school readiness and family economic stability. Home visiting programs exemplify this innovative approach. Participants of home visiting programs that utilize multigenerational approaches, build social and human capital through participation in rich community networks that enable them to make connections and exchange resources with families, friends, neighbors, and local organizations. This panel will discuss such approaches as mechanisms to address the holistic and culturally diverse needs of the entire family.
(Moderator: Kalimah Wilson, Newark Trust for Education; Panelists: Tesha Bright, YCS/Nurse Family Partnership; Jillian Faulks-Majuta, VNA Health Group; Illy Valdez, Family Connections NJ; Lissette Morales, ParentChild+ Newark/ Newark Trust for Education; Karen Moonsammy, Partnership MCH Healthy Families of Essex)




CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DAY 3

DAY #3 - Wednesday May 12, 2021 (10:00 am - 12:30 pm
STANDARDS-BASED APPROACHES
Keynote Address (10:00 am to 10:30 am)
All Learning is Social and Emotional: Reimagining the Purpose of Education in the Age of COVID
Details Coming Soon!
(Presented by David Adams, CASEL Board of Directors, The Urban Assembly)

NTE SEL Awards (10:30 am to 10:45 am)
The Newark Trust for Education’s first ever SEL Awards are designed to recognize educators, students and families committed to implementing SEL practices during the many challenges faced in these un-precedented times. Awardees highlighted during this segment are individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to keeping SEL at the forefront of their practices, studies, and interactions in the virtual learning environment.

Break (10:45 am - 11:00 am)

Breakout Sessions (11:00 am to 12:30 pm)
Day 3 - Session #1
The Path Towards Building Systemic SEL
This interactive discussion will explore how schools, districts and state governments can move towards creating sustainable SEL systems to support high quality education. Findings from NTE’s work supporting local schools in their SEL development will be highlighted, school practitioners will share their personal experiences, and experts and policy makers will reflect on what systems need to be in place to advance educational equity through SEL. (Moderator: Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., Rutgers University Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab; Panelists: Amy Panitch, Franklin Elementary School; Theresa Finkelstein, Franklin Elementary School; Talida State and Chelsea Grant, Nurturing Environments Institute)

Day 3 - Session #2
This session will explore the Pyramid Model for promoting social emotional competence in infants and young children.
Details Coming Soon!




CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR DAY 4

DAY #4 - Thursday May 13, 2021 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm)
EQUITABLE ACCESS
Keynote Address (11:00 am to 11:30 am)
Details Coming Soon!
(Presented by Dave Ellis, Office of Resilience, New Jersey’s Department of Children and Families)

NTE SEL Awards (11:30 am to 11:45 am)
The Newark Trust for Education’s first ever SEL Awards are designed to recognize educators, students and families committed to implementing SEL practices during the many challenges faced in these un-precedented times. Awardees highlighted during this segment are individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to keeping SEL at the forefront of their practices, studies, and interactions in the virtual learning environment.

Closing Remarks (11:45 am - 12:00 pm)



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