NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA), the professional learning division of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), has announced the 26 schools that will be a part of its Healing-Centered Engagement initiative and Somerset Intermediate School in North Plainfield is one of them.

 

Funded by grants in excess of $580,000, lead partners FEA and NJEA will create free programs, including training and coaching, to help teachers, administrators, staff, families and community groups in this diverse cohort of 26 schools to introduce a Healing-Centered Engagement model to address Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma.

 

“We are eager to begin to work with school leaders from such a diverse group of schools on this critical initiative,” said Mary Reece, FEA’s Director of Special Projects. “Together, we look forward to identifying and assisting students and adults who are experiencing ACES and other mental health issues.”

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ACEs are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse, neglect, household substance use, and parental  separation, which affect children’s brain architecture and can have negative, lifelong effects on health and  well-being. In addition to stressful or traumatic events, some children also face exposure to chronic, toxic stress from historical and ongoing traumas due to systemic racism and poverty. ACEs and trauma can inhibit a child’s ability to learn, develop language skills, create healthy attachments, and form  relationships.

 

In addition, the NJ Health Initiatives will provide $75,000 that will directly fund the Mental Health First Aid component of the project. As the lead agency and convener for the  initiative, NJPSA/FEA will partner with NJEA, the Mental Health Association in NJ, the NJ Department of Education, the Office of Resilience in the NJ Department of the Children and Families, the Burke Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Princeton Area Community Foundation, and New Jersey Health Initiatives. Support and collaboration from the NJ Pandemic Relief Fund will bolster our schools in these uniquely challenging times, and provide a  foundation to strengthen our education system. 

 

 

Founded in 1985, FEA is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation and the  professional learning division of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA), which has  over 8,800 members statewide. FEA provides quality professional learning and coaching to educators to  improve student achievement and engagement throughout New Jersey. Its mission is to promote sustained professional growth, support research-based practices, and enhance learning for leaders and  teachers for the purposes of equity and continuous school improvement. 

 

The schools are:

 

HCE Schools

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County

 

District

 

School

 

 

 

 

 

Burlington

 

Delran

 

Delran Middle School

 

 

BCSS

 

Burlington County Special Services SD

Camden

 

Bellmawr

 

Bellmawr Early Childhood Center

Cumberland

 

Bridgeton

 

Dr. Geraldine Foster Early Childhood Center

 

 

 

 

West Avenue School

 

 

Fairfield Township

 

Fairfield School

 

 

Millville

 

Millville Child Family Center

Essex

 

East Orange

 

Patrick F. Healy Middle School

 

 

Newark

 

Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School

 

 

 

 

Arts High School

Hudson

 

Jersey City

 

Anthony Infante Early Childhood Center PS #31

 

 

 

 

Dr. Maya Angelou School PS #20

Mercer

 

Hamilton

 

George E Wilson Elementary School

 

 

Trenton

 

Trenton 9th Grade Academy

 

 

 

 

Robbins Elementary School

 

 

 

 

Hedgepeth/Williams Middle School of the Arts

Middlesex

 

Carteret

 

Columbus School

Monmouth

 

Freehold Twp

 

Early Childhood Learning Center

Morris

 

Pequannock

 

Pequannock High School

Ocean

 

Ocean Gate

 

Ocean Gate School

Passaic

 

Passaic

 

Roosevelt School #10

 

 

 

 

Passaic High School

 

 

Paterson

 

Full Service Community School. PS #2

 

 

 

 

Alonzo Tambua Moody Academy

Somerset

 

North Plainfield

 

Somerset Intermediate School

Sussex

 

Vernon

 

Vernon High School