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A Framework for Supporting Students During COVID and Beyond

Started Feb 11, 2021

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Full course description

Thursday, February 11th, 2021 - 4pm EST

Panel Description:

Out-of-school factors profoundly affect learning, particularly for historically marginalized communities, and the COVID-19 crisis has only intensified the need to address these factors. Many schools respond to the needs of students and families with programs such as social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, wraparound services, and connections to community services. When these diverse resources are organized into a systemic whole-child approach to student support, they can be more effectively employed to target student needs and strengths - and improve learning outcomes. District and school administrators, leaders, and student support staff can benefit from an opportunity to deepen understanding of integrated approaches to student support, as well as the ways in which such an approach is aligned with equity opportunities in our schools. This session will provide guidelines for systematizing student support with participation by a panel of educators and student support professionals who have experience implementing systemic integrated student supports.

After participating in this session, educators will:

  • Identify benefits of a systemic, comprehensive approach to student support during COVID-19 and beyond
  • Gain familiarity with ways systemic integrated student support can help schools deliver social/emotional learning, health and wellness programs, and other supports to promote whole-child development
  • Identify ways in which integrated student support aligns with equity initiatives in our schools


Hosted by:

The Center of Optimized Student Support
The Center for Optimized Student Support (COSS) uses research and data to identify and evaluate strategies that successfully transform schools and communities into systems of opportunity for all students. By engaging in research and convening educators, policy makers, and community leaders, the Center is a catalyst for developing and implementing programs that are effective, systemic, and scalable. Under the Center’s umbrella, City Connects puts research into practice by providing a network of care and supports around each individual student to ensure that they are ready to learn and engage in school.






Patrice DiNatale is the Co-founder and Director of New Practice at City Connects. She earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from the Graduate School of Education at Boston University. Prior to joining City Connects, Patrice served as the Principal of the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing within the Boston Public School System and was a member of the Superintendent’s Leadership Team as a Cluster Leader.



Ellen Wingard is a Program Manager for City Connects in Salem, Massachusetts. She also serves as the Director of Student and Family Support for Salem Public Schools. Ellen earned her Master’s degree in School Adjustment Counseling from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Ellen brings over a decade of experience as a school adjustment counselor in Cambridge Public Schools.



Edverette Brewster is the Principal of the Oliver W. Holmes Innovation School in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He earned his Master’s degree in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a member of Boston College’s Lynch Leadership Academy’s 8th cohort. Edverette spent eight years teaching humanities at the Frederick Pilot Middle School and working on the instructional leadership team. He also served as a Principal Fellow at the Hurley K-8 Bilingual Immersion School.



Ximena Soto is the Assistant Director of the Latinx Leadership Initiative at the Boston College School of Social Work. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the Boston College School of Social Work, where she has also previously taught as an Adjunct Professor and served as an Assistant Director of Field Education. Last year, Ximena was recognized with the Greatest Contribution to Social Work Award by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for her work in preparing future clinical social workers to support the Latinx community.