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New Award: Path Program to Create "Paths to Success" for NYC Students


The Institute for Human Development and Social Change is pleased to announce a new award from the New York Community Trust through the Fund for Public Schools to pilot a whole school inclusion model for students with, and at risk for, an emotional disturbance classification. The Path program is a NYC Department of Education (DOE) Specialized Program designed to create new “paths to success” for students who would benefit from emotional and behavioral support to engage in the school curriculum. The program is based on the NYU Metro Center’s ASD Nest model of inclusive, collaborative education, and integrates culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and strengths-based practices into equitable opportunities for academic and social-emotional learning. Researchers and educators from NYU Steinhardt and the NYC DOE are working with staff, families, and students in a Bronx elementary school to build and strengthen the Path program for future expansion. The long-term goal is to reduce disproportionality of the emotional disturbance classification, and promote wellbeing and achievement for all young people.

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IHDSC is the largest interdisciplinary institute on New York University's Washington Square campus supporting rigorous research and training across social, behavioral, educational, policy, and health sciences.

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