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New York State Office of Mental Health and NY State Education Department

On February 7, 2014 a group of New York State education and mental health officials visited the CAS National Center for Community Schools to hear about lessons learned by providers of mental health services in New York City public schools; and to consider the implications of these lessons for policy, funding and practice. 

Visitors from the state included Donna Bradbury, Associate Commissioner, Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families, NYS Office of Mental Health, Betsy Kenney, Associate in Education Improvement Services, Office of Student Support Services, NYS Education Department and Renee Rider, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Support Services.  Providers included Charles Soule, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center; Catherine Vourkas, Field Coordinator, Children and Family Services, OMH; Maria Astudillo, CAS Deputy Director, Mental Health Services; Arthur Kilduff, CAS Director, Staten Island Mental Health Services and Jane Quinn, Vice President for Community Schools and Director, NCCS.

The After School Corporation, National Convening ExpandED Schools

On February 10,  a group of 20 principals, teachers and community-based organization staff, attending The After School Corporation (TASC)  National Convening of ExpandED  Schools, visited the CAS Salomé Ureña de Henriquez Campus

This convening is an annual event organized by TASC to have their ExpandED schools share lessons learned and see best practices in action.  We are grateful to Christopher Caruso, Senior Vice President, ExpandED Schools TASC, for including SU Campus as an example of innovative education partnership. 

The Epoch Times

On February 10, Petr Svab, reporter from the Epoch Times visited the Salomé Ureña Campus. The Epoch Times is a progressive online and printed publication, published in 35 countries in 25 languages.  

The visit was a follow up to an article entitled Community Schools: Bill de Blasio’s Other Education Promise Begins to Take Shape by Mr. Svab, published on February 6, 2014.  NCCS director, Jane Quinn, was interviewed.  The objective of the study visit was to see the school in action and clarify the role of the community school director. 

Mr. Svab toured the school and spoke with Migdalia Cortes-Torres, CAS community school director, about her role.

Binghamton City Schools-Broome County Promise Zone

On February 25, a group of community school coordinators from Broome County will visit the Mirabal Sisters Campus in Washington Heights.   Besides seeing a CAS community school in action, the top agenda items are exploring how the partnership works at the middle and high school level; discussing expanded learning opportunities for this age group; and getting a general understanding of operations and roles and responsibilities of the different partners.  Janice Chu-Zhu, NCCS senior director of national capacity building, is providing technical assistance to the initiative.