May 2019 Foster Care Special Edition


were able to reflect on current practices at their schools on both an individual level and school

level, and discuss strengths and areas of growth in each of the 6 core elements.

In addition to these offerings Dr. Melissa Currie, Medical Director and Division Chief at Kosair

Charities Division of Pediatric Medicine, shared her expertise with participants to help identify

signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect, and also appropriate reporting of concerns. She

provided a session specifically for ESL bilingual educators and a session was also offered

districtwide. Dr. Currie provided real examples of patients she has seen in the emergency

department. She also provided valuable information on differentiating between neglect and

poverty. She also explained that child maltreatment happens across all ethnic, social, and

economic groups and there is not one group that is exempt from child maltreatment. Dr. Currie

also discussed the importance of recognizing our own biases when deciding whether to report

abuse or neglect.

All sessions received very positive feedback and many participants left these sessions wanting to

know more! Outcomes for students depend not only on students making progress, but also by the

district providing equitable access to opportunities, and helping educators develop the tools that

will help all students be successful. We are committed to improving the whole system of support

for our students, and offering enriching professional development sessions is just one way to make

that happen!


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