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NJ Community Schools Coalition 4th Convening

Friday, October 11, 2019

9:30am - 3:00pm

(Pre-Conference Session on Community Schools, 8:30am - 9:15am)

Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy of Rutgers University

Registration & Light Breakfast (8:15 – 9:30 a.m.)


Pre-Conference Session: A Community School Primer (8:30 – 9:15 a.m.)

Community Schools 101: Introducing the Community School Framework


Greetings (9:30- 10:00)

Plenary Session: Jose Muñoz: Community Schools & the Return on Investing in Equity (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.)


Jose Muñoz is Director, Coalition for Community Schools & Vice President, Equity and Impact, Institute for Educational Leadership (Washington, DC)  He will be discussing community schools as vehicles for equity; the Coalition's new national campaign in support of "25,000 Community Schools by 2025"; and a newly-released study that shows that a $1 investment in supporting community schools site coordinators generates over $7 in future benefits. 

Coffee Break (11 to 11:15)

Panel Session 1: Community Schools, Mental Health Services, & SEL (11:15 to 12:00 p.m.)

Anniesha Walker, moderator, Deputy Director, Mercer Street Friends, Trenton, NJ

Melissa Elliott, Director of Behavioral Health, Full Service Community School Health Centers, Paterson, NJ

Chelsea Jenkins, Community Schools Site Coordinator at Rivera Middle School, Trenton, NJ

Elizabeth Hansen Warner, Spokesperson and Co-Founder, SEL4NJ

Lunch & Networking (12 to 1 p.m.)


Panel Session 2: Community Schools & School-Based Health Clinics (1:00 to 1:45 p.m.)

Bryan Murdock, moderator, Director, Center for Community Engagement, Montclair State University

Janice Chu-Zhu, Senior Director, National Capacity Building, Children's Aid Society, NY

Denise Hajar, Administrator, Full Service Community Schools Health Centers, Paterson and Orange, NJ

Coffee Break (1:45 – 2 p.m.)


Panel Session 3: Community Schools & Early Childhood Education (2 to 2:45 p.m.)

Julie Larrea Borst, moderator, NJCSC Board President and Executive Director, SOSNJCO

Cynthia Rice, Senior Policy Analyst, Early Childhood Education, Advocates for Children of New Jersey

G. Kennedy Greene, Superintendent, Newton Public Schools, NJ

Alexandria Warrick Adams, Director, Elev8Baltimore, Baltimore, MD




The work of the New Jersey Community Schools Coalition is made possible by the generous support of The Nicholson Foundation, The Fund for New Jersey,  and The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation.

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