On April 20, the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) hosted the School Research Partnership's annual dinner, themed The Power of School-Community-Research Partnerships in Building Student and Educator Wellness.
The dinner featured a panel discussion about the importance of prioritizing a sustained and meaningful focus on collective care, social-emotional wellness, and community-building within schools in order to be successful in fostering academic success. Panelists described the work of the N.C. Center for Resilience & Learning in districts across the state, strategies that have proven most successful for partner schools, and the infrastructure needed to sustain effective practices.
Panelists included: Katie Rosanbalm, Ph.D., senior research scientist at CCFP; Elizabeth DeKonty, M.S.W., director of the N.C. Center for Resilience & Learning at the Public School Forum of North Carolina; Whitney McCoy, Ph.D., research scientist at CCFP, and Angela Mendell, program manager at the N.C. Center for Resilience & Learning at the Public School Forum of North Carolina.
Duke students (pictured below) in the Child Policy Research Certificate program and Jacqueline Morris Fellows also participated in the event to present posters on their research projects.
Students shared the following reflections on their experience showcasing their research, engaging with community and school leaders, and hearing from panelists.