Dr. Shawn Joseph, Superintendent of the Seaford, DE Public Schools, led a study visit to the Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Campus, in Washington Heights, and P.S. /I.S. 50 in East Harlem in late April. He brought a group of 20 colleagues that included principals, school board members, teachers, evaluators, community school coordinators and staff of community-based organizations that partner with his schools. The visit was initiated by Leslie Newman, CEO, Children’s and Families First (CFFDE), who has been instrumental in bringing community schools to Delaware –there are now 7 such schools between Wilmington and Seaford. NCCS has been providing technical assistance to CFFDE for 5 years, and this was the third study visit to CAS school in 2013 for colleagues from Delaware.
Another April visitor was Emily Wolff, Director of Community Programming at Broadmoor Improvement Association and a partner at the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School in New Orleans. The Association’s community school vision grew out of a grassroots campaign to rebuild the Broadmoor neighborhood after Hurricane Katrina. The focus of the visit was family engagement and school-based health.
Later in April, possible funders visited the Wellness Center at Salomé Ureña de Henríquez Campus to learn about Children’s Aid Society school-based health services.