Imagining the Future of Urban Education and Mental Health

Putting Research to Work for Children, Families, and Communities

Please join us in celebrating IHDSC's 10th anniversary! We will be featuring short presentations highlighting work by IHDSC-affiliated students, faculty, and alumni, as well as a panel discussion between representatives of community-based organizations and foundations.

January 25, 2018, 5:30pm-8:00pm
Global Center for Academic and Spiritual Life
238 Thompson Street, 5th Floor Grand Hall

5:30pm  Opening Remarks

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5:50pm  "On the Ground" Presentations:

Chantal Hailey, Doctoral Candidate and IES-PIRT fellow, Sociology, NYU

School choice programs have grown substantially over the past 20 years and represent the future of education in urban areas. One goal of these programs is to diminish school racial segregation. However, evidence from the New York City High School Admissions process, a program where families can apply to attend any school in the city, reveals persistent school segregation and that school demographics matter in families' school choices. For school choice programs to abate racial segregation, we must examine and transform the social contexts where these policies are implemented.

Dr. Michah Rothbart, Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs, Syracuse University; and alumnus of NYU Wagner and IES-PIRT

In their daily lives, adults interact with many institutions to serve their needs including employment, nutrition, recreation, and physical and mental health. Schools, on the other hand, offer most of these services to many children in cities, providing a wider scope of social services than the institutions in most adults’ lives. Thinking about schools purely as providers of instruction is both incorrect and limiting; schools offer varied opportunities to enhance child development and later life outcomes. Understanding and capitalizing on the full benefits we can offer children through these multifaceted institutions can vastly improve the lives of children.

Dr. Shabnam Javdani, Assistant Professor, Applied Psychology, NYU

Mental health is widely recognized as an important arena for research and action. Effective mental health interventions for youth have been documented. Yet even the best interventions show only moderate impacts, focus largely on symptom reduction, and target the individual child for change. Imagining the future of mental health requires promoting wellness alongside symptom reduction; shifting treatments beyond individuals and families and toward healthy and accountable systems; and centering the right of children to be well, to grow, and to have agency. This re-imagined approach, applied to adolescent girls in juvenile justice facilities, reduces symptoms and enhances wellness in the short- and long-term, enabling young people to find a healthy path.

6:30pm  Panel discussion

Introductions by Dr. J. Lawrence Aber, Willner Family Professor of Psychology and Public Policy and University Professor, NYU

Moderator: Melinda D. Anderson, Contributing Writer, The Atlantic


7:15pm  Reception

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