Ways to emotionally support youth and their developing minds in the post-COVID era
Tamika Covington, LMSW, Facilitator
CFK Junior Board Member, Change for Kids
Tamika Covington is a licensed social worker based in New York City. Her passion for education and empowering youth landed her in Brooklyn, NY as an elementary school clinician and as a proud member of the Junior Board at Change for Kids. Tamika has over 10 years of experience helping children and young adults navigate and talk through the complexities of clinical diagnosis, negative self-image, and trauma. She has worked in school and social service settings, and has a history of working with vulnerable and underserved populations.
Head of School, Children’s Aid and Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School
@childrensaidnyc Drema Brown is the Head of School of Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School, a community school she helped found in 2012 that serves over 600 K-8 students in the South Bronx. Prior to leading Children’s Aid College Prep, Drema served as the Vice President of the School Age Division at Children’s Aid, where she ensured high-quality educational services, social and emotional learning experiences, health, wellness and family supports to children ages 5-13. Before Children’s Aid, Drema worked at New Leaders, where she led the design, development and delivery of a leadership curriculum for its NYC and national principal training programs. Drema has been a public school teacher, principal and instructional coach in both district and charter school settings but she began her career as a youth worker in an after school and summer program in New Haven, CT in 1992. She holds an Ed.M. from Harvard in Teaching and Curriculum, a B.A. from Yale in English and has plans to complete a Ph.D. in Education Policy and Leadership at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Dean of Students & Consultant, Prospect Schools
@teachingthehardaway Erika Hardaway is a passionate anti-racist educator. Erika has been a teacher (high school and middle school), curriculum and instruction coach, and Dean of Students. Her personal mission is to use everything she learns to disrupt systemic racism and create equitable educational spaces for Black, Brown, and Indigenous students.
Dr. Stephanie Jones
Dr. Stephanie Jones' research, anchored in prevention science, focuses on the effects of poverty and exposure to violence on children and youth's social, emotional, and behavioral development. Over the last ten years her work has focused on both evaluation research addressing the impact of preschool and elementary focused social-emotional learning interventions on behavioral and academic outcomes and classroom practices; as well as new curriculum development, implementation, and testing. Jones is a recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in Education for her work with Zigler and Walter Gilliam on A Vision for Universal Preschool Education (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and a recipient of the Joseph E. Zins Early-Career Distinguished Contribution Award for Action Research in Social and Emotional Learning.
Director of Social Services, Mott Haven Academy Charter School
Gabriella McBride began her Social Work career working with the OMRDD population. After completing her MSW, she joined the Mott Haven Academy Charter School team in 2009 as a Crisis Intervention Specialist. Gabriella is proud to be a long standing member of the Haven Academy community and enjoys working in close collaboration with staff, children and families in the school’s community and the Mott Haven community at large. Gabriella helped build and develop the school’s trauma sensitive culture and approach by developing clinical and classroom interventions with an anti racist lens. She currently serves as Director of Social Services for the elementary school. She is also proud to have led New York Foundling’s Camp Felix for several years and to be serving as an Adjunct Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work.
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