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GSS Recognized for Commitment to Innovative Education


The Urban Assembly (UA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing social and economic mobility to youth attending our schools, by providing them with the academic and life skills necessary for postsecondary success. During their recent Social Emotional Learning Symposium, Fordham’s Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) was presented with the “Urban Assembly Partnership Award” for sustained commitment to partnership and the development of New York City’s future social workers. Associate Professor and Doctoral Program Director, Larry Farmer, Ph.D. (pictured), was present to accept on behalf of GSS.

The symposium was a gathering for education leaders across the country who brought important and diverse perspectives around the implementation and sustainability of approaches to social emotional learning and development in K-12 education. This year’s theme was “From Implementation to Impact”, and was focused on using short cycle assessment to improve the quality of implementation, integration, and sustainability of social emotional learning programming in schools.

Dr. Farmer and student interns from GSS were invited to hold workshops at the symposium. “Over the last three years, GSS has had our interns placed at schools supporting the Resilient School Project (RSP) that I have been working on with UA,” said Farmer. “This year we had 10 interns placed. I was subcontractor on a grant from Carnegie, and from the grant we were able to give the students a small stipend.” RSP is one of several ongoing intervention programs being implemented by UA’s Social Emotional Learning Team under the leadership of David Adams.

To further work on the project, Dr. Farmer will be partnering with the Urban Assembly to submit for the Institutional Challenge Grant offered by W.T. Grant Foundation.

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