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.”