Metro Center Conference Focuses on Support for At-Risk Children, April 6-7

NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools (Metro Center) will host From Risk to Resilience: Building Support Systems for Children and Schools, a two-day conference for educators and community leaders to discuss strategies for supporting vulnerable children.

The event will be held at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Rosenthal Pavilion, 10th floor (60 Washington Square South at LaGuardia Place) on Mon., April 6 and Tues., April 7. Click herefor the event program and full schedule.

Issues of trauma and risk in children’s lives are frequently overlooked, yet are pervasive in urban areas like New York City. School systems, which often lack trauma-focused resources and professional development, struggle to adequately serve children who confront these issues.

The Risk to Resilience conference will address current resources, practices, and services to help teachers, administrators, and other community leaders think strategically about support systems for vulnerable children. The event will include panel discussions, workshops, and talks by thought leaders on children and education. Target audiences include advocacy community-based organizations, school principals, and other school administrators.

Highlights include keynote speeches by Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink (April 6 at 6:30 p.m.), and C. Cybele Raver, vice provost for research and faculty affairs and professor of applied psychology at NYU (April 7, 8:45 a.m.), as well as remarks by New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña (April 7, 10 a.m.)

Additional thought leaders and speakers include Pedro Noguera, executive director of the Metro Center and professor of education at NYU Steinhardt; Richard Buery, New York City Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives; Anne Williams-Isom, CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone; New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett; and five New York City principals.

Reporters interested in attending should contact Rachel Harrison, NYU Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6797 or Educators and community leaders interested in attending must RSVP online (please register separately for the April 6 evening session and April 7 full day session).