2019 Safe & Supportive Learning Environments Citywide Summit

The Newark Trust for Education is proud to present the second annual Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (SSLE) Citywide Summit, featuring a keynote address by Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, Sheila Y. Oliver and closing remarks by Dr. Isaiah Pickens of iOpening Enterprises. The second annual SSLE Summit will connect education experts from local, state and national arenas in support of creating safe and supportive learning environments for k-12 students. Experts will highlight the importance of implementing high-quality programs and services towards this effort. The day will begin with welcoming remarks by Superintendent Roger León and end with a call to action by Mayor Ras J. Baraka.

Sessions will focus on sharing best practices in:

  • Approaches to social-emotional learning and climate and culture;
  • Engaging educators, parents, and stakeholders around support strategies for positive student development; and
  • The positive work being done in Newark Public Schools.


To register for the SSLE Summit click here and follow the directions below. Each component of the summit requires a separate ticket to ensure appropriate accommodations for each registrant. For breakout sessions select one session in each track. Ticket options are outlined below.

  1. Ticket #1: Plenary Session 11:30 am - 12:45 pm. (Space is limited to 30 people. A detailed description is outlined below.)
  2. Ticket #2: General Admission 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm & 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm. This ticket provides admission to the keynote address and closing remarks.
  3. Ticket #3: Breakout Session Track A 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm. This ticket allows entry to 1 of 3 breakout sessions in Track A. (Details are outlined below. Space is limited to 50 participants.)
  4. Ticket #4: Breakout Session Track B 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm. This ticket allows entry to 1 of 3 breakout sessions in Track B. (Details are outlined below. Space is limited to 50 participants.)
  5. Ticket #5: Cocktail Reception 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. 




SSLE SUMMIT AGENDA (More details coming soon!)

Plenary Session (11:30 am - 12:45 pm)
Intensive School-Based Mental Health Interventions: How do we measure quality?
As schools partner with mental health providers, what should we look at to define success? 
This session includes a guided conversation with service providers/practitioners, educators, and funders around aligning standards of practice, quality and data collection related to externally-provided mental health services in schools. Findings from the upcoming white paper on the topic will be discussed. (Facilitated by Dr. Isaiah Pickens, iOpening Enterprises)

Keynote Address (1:00 pm to 1:45 pm)
(Presented by Lieutenant Governor, Sheila Y. Oliver with opening remarks by Superintendent Roger León, Newark Board of Education)


Breakout Sessions Track A (2:00 pm to 3:00 pm)

Track A-Session #1
Making the Connection: Early Literacy, Social-Emotional Development & School Readiness
(Presenter TBA)

Track A-Session #2 
Nurturing & Responsive Relationships: Parents/ Caregivers Creating Safe Spaces for Social & Emotional Development
Parents and families are critical partners in helping children to develop social and emotional skills. It is important for caregivers to have the tools, support, and ongoing learning opportunities necessary to maintain family well-being. This interactive session will explore how parents can support their children's and family’s SEL development and the importance of nurturing parental resilience and social connections in support of children's social-emotional development and school readiness. (Presented by Abbott Leadership Institute Parent Leaders Yolanda Greene and Carolota Tagoe, and ParentChild+ Parent Leaders Ana Muy and Tihesah Shearin)

Track A-Session #3  
Weaving SEL into Classroom Instruction & School Culture: Second Step in Pre-K – 3rd Grade
This interactive session will explore the implementation of the social-emotional learning curriculum Second Step. Learn how three Newark Public schools have implemented Tier I SEL interventions with success. Discussion topics include gaining teacher buy-in and creating safe and caring learning environments within classrooms. Specific examples will be provided that highlight successful SEL implementation in each school. (Presented by Benjamin Franklin Elementary School: Amy Panitch and Paige Miller; Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School: Sharanda Evans-Humes and Diana Moreno; George Washington Carver Elementary School: Jessica Williams; and NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE): Dawn Cuccolo and Kristy Ritvalsky)

Breakout Sessions Track B (3:15 pm to 4:15 pm)

Track B-Session #1 
Targeted Social Emotional Supports: Positive Action in Three School Settings
This interactive session will explore the successes, challenges, and opportunities for implementing the SEL evidence-based strategies of Positive Action across three South Ward Community Schools as part of whole-school approaches to SEL. 
(Presented by Avon Avenue School: Ryshan Johnson; Belmont Runyon Community School: Sophia Domeville; and Spencer Miller Community School: Darline Jamison, Wendy Muñoz,  and Anthony Nuñez)

Track B-Session #2 
Cultivating SEL Skills Through the Arts: The Importance, Alignment & Opportunities
(Presenter TBA)

Track B-Session #3 
Engaging Older Youth with SEL Concepts and Strategies: Two Perspectives
(Presented by Mark Comesañas, Newark Opportunity Youth Network, and Dr. Ivan Lamourt, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School)


Closing Remarks (4:30 pm to 5:30 pm)
(Presented by Dr. Isaiah Pickens with a call to action by Mayor Ras J. Baraka)

Cocktail Reception (5:30 pm - 7:30 pm)


May 23, 2019 at 11:30am - 5:30pm
Robert Treat Hotel
50 Park Pl
Newark, NJ 07102
United States
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