This past spring the Newark Trust for Education welcomed over 160 guests to the second annual Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (SSLE) Summit, where experts from local, state and national arenas presented new insights and reinforced the importance of social-emotional learning. For those unable to attend, video recordings of each breakout session are now available. Click here to access session videos and other valuable resources including powerpoint presentations, resource lists and the white paper entitled Widen the Scope: School Based Mental Health Services in Newark. View each session video below.



(Panelists include Keri Logosso-Misurell, Esq.-Director,  Greater Newark Healthcare Coalition; Tashia Martin, MSW, LSW-Newark BOE Office of Student Support Services; Sakina Pitts, Principal-Chancellor Avenue School; Courtne Thomas,Ed.D.- Special Assistant, Newark BOE Office of Student Support Services; and Dr. Lauren Wells, Ph.D.- Founder & CEO, CREED Strategies; Facilitated by Dr. Isaiah Pickens-Founder, iOpening Enterprises)


(Panelists include Tiffany Lee – Family Child Care Initiative Director, ParentChild+; Samantha Lott-Velez – Executive Director, NPS Office of Early Childhood; and Dr. Michelle Smith Macchia, Ed.D. – Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Rutgers University Graduate School of Education; Facilitated by Rasheba Stevenson – Director of Early Learning Strategy, Newark Trust for Education)


(Presented by Abbott Leadership Institute Parent Leaders Yolanda Greene and Carolota Tagoe; and ParentChild+ Parent Leaders Ana Muy and Tihesah Shearin)


(Presented by Benjamin Franklin Elementary School: Amy Panitch – Vice Principal and Paige Miller – Teacher; Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School: Sharanda Evans-Humes – Vice Principal and Diana Moreno – Teacher; George Washington Carver Elementary School: Jessica Williams – Vice Principal; and NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education (NJCIE): Dawn Cuccolo, M.Ed. – Director of Special Projects and Kristy Ritvalsky, MPH – Inclusion Facilitator)


(Presented by Avon Avenue School: Ryshan Johnson – Vice Principal of K-8 Culture; Belmont Runyon Community School: Sherell Benders-Smith – Vice Principal; and Spencer Miller Community School: Darline Jamison – Academic Interventionist, Wendy Muñoz – Principal; and Anthony Nuñez – School Operations Manager/ Community School Director; Facilitated by Izabelle Denizé, Grants Manager-Newark Trust for Education)


(Panelists include Sophia Domeville – School Operations Manager/ Community School Director, Belmont Runyon Community School; Bob Morrison – Director, Arts Ed NJ; and Alison Scott-Williams – Vice President of Arts Education, NJPAC; and Denisah Williamson, M.S.W., FP YOUTHOUTCRY/ THE HUBB; Facilitated by Lauren Meehan – Director, Newark Arts Education Roundtable)


(Panelists include Mark Comesañas – Executive Director of Programs & Instruction, Newark Opportunity Youth Network, and Dr. Ivan Lamourt – Assistant Headmaster for Student Life, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School; Facilitated by Ronald Chaluisán-Executive Director, Newark Trust for Education)