Organize, Align, and Integrate: Success with Mental Health and Wrap-Around Supports
Overcoming the most challenging barriers to learning is possible when a school and community work together to promote equity and opportunity. Challenges to mental health are presented by trauma, toxic stress, anxiety, depression, and other adverse experiences of children and families. This presentation shares the work of Gainesville City Schools, GA, to apply professional learning to practice. The district has organized , aligned, and integrated supports that have improved learning, discipline, graduation rates, and school climate. The inclusion of student and family voice in decision-making is included. The work of integrating the community and university partners in the "Hub Center" where families and students can readily receive supports will be described. A description of roles and responsibilities for supports will be shared. Participants will leave with specific strategies and actions to apply in their schools and communities.
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Sarah Bell is the Deputy Superintendent of Gainesville, GA City Schools. Under her leadership, the curriculum and instructional departments were engaged with the student and family services support personnel to organize, align, and integrate supports that resulted in improved outcomes for students. She currently leads development of a community-school-business initiative, "The Hub Center", which serves families and students in Gainesville and Hall County.
Dr. Dyer is the former Superintendent of Gainesville, GA City Schools. She led the district from 2009 - 2014 in the AASA-Scholastic sponsored study of implementing the UCLA Mental Health Center's Unified System of Learning Supports. She is a Certified Dropout Prevention Specialist with the National Dropout Prevention Network. She holds a Ph. D. in Social Foundations of Education from Georgia State University. Dr. Dyer completed the Educational Leadership Institute at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, and Harvard Graduate School of Education institutes in 2000 and 2003.