Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Mary Kate Locke, Director of Child and Family Development  for Norwalk’s Family & Children’s Agency for receiving a grant to attend the StriveTogether Social-Emotional Learning Expert Convening on Feb. 27-28 in San Antonio, Tex. Norwalk is one of eight cradle-to-career StriveTogether partnerships chosen nationwide to learn how experts in the field are measuring social-emotional learning competencies, to share knowledge with one another and to dive deeper into the root causes of social-emotional learning disparity gaps in their communities.  

StriveTogether has partnered with Transforming Education, national experts in measuring and impacting social-emotional learning, to create the meeting’s hands-on curriculum. Teams will be comprised of two to three partners or partnership staff working to improve social-emotional learning as it is tied to early grade reading, middle grade math, high school graduation or post-secondary enrollment. Norwalk will be represented by Mary Kate, Marissa Mangone from Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center and Paula Palermo, Norwalk ACTS’ Data Director. 

“I am excited to be part of this national conversation,” said Mary Kate. “We, as a community, are stepping forward to make sure that kids have the resources they need to meet their social-emotional needs so that they can be successful in the classroom, and so they can have a bright future.”

Mary Kate is a member of Norwalk ACTS’ Implementation Team, Prenatal to Third Grade Workgroup and the Chair of the Social Emotional Learning Workgroups.

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