Episode 218 - Dr. Charnetta Gadling-Cole and Dr. Cathy McElderry: The Development School Partnership: Interrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Monday, June 19, 2017, 7:33:54 AM

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In this episode, our guests discuss the Development School Partnership, a collaborative effort and intervention to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline. By offering wraparound services to students in need of comprehensive behavioral health services, the project hopes to create strong support systems for vulnerable students at risk of not completing their education.

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Average Rating: 5stars  episode 218 review, Sunday, February 11, 2018

By RS :

I cannot recommend this episode enough to anyone who works in a school or with children. The program Dr. Gadling-Cole and Dr. McElderry discuss should serve as a model, not only for future programs, but for all of us who work with children with behavioral issues. In the school setting we often focus so much on the student's academic performance that we lose sight of the child. In my position as a school social work intern, it is difficult to contain my frustration with this tunnel vision. We rely so heavily on behavioral modification and management tools, without addressing the issues at the center of the child's behavior. Lack of parental involvement, parental incarceration, ill family members, poverty, instability - all of these issues (and more) contribute to a child's perception of themselves and the world around them. It is unrealistic to expect children to not carry the weight of these problems into school each day. In creating a program which provides children with the services they need to not only get by, but to truly flourish and succeed, Dr. Gadling-Cole and Dr. McElderry are fixing children, not problems. Their approach to trauma is inspiring, and insightful.

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Average Rating: 5stars  enlightening and inspiring! , Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Erika Vertigan :

I would highly recommend this podcast for anyone who works in a school or works in similar systems. My experience working with students in my field placement at a school that serves kindergarten through eighth grade has highlighted similar needs to those mentioned by Dr. Gadling-Cole and Dr. McElderry. Students who are frequently suspended often feel lonely and even discouraged to come to school. This podcast addresses the connection between my students' experiences and the school-to-prison pipeline as well as the importance of intervening in that cycle. The unique perspective presented by Dr. Gadling-Cole and Dr. McElderry, continuing to support students after high school and maintain the changes they have made throughout their college career, is new and often overlooked. Providing services throughout a child's life and providing them with opportunities after they graduate high school is amazing and already seems to be making a difference. This podcast also highlights the importance of comprehensive in-school services, the need for greater funding for school services that address the needs of these students, and the awareness that specific groups of students may face unique challenges when moving through the school and higher education systems. I have found this podcast enlightening and truly beneficial to listen to as someone who hopes to continue their social work career in the school system.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great podcast!, Tuesday, January 30, 2018

By Britney Annis :

Dr. Charnetta Gadling-Cole and Dr. Cathy McElderry’s partnership program is something I would recommend to anybody who is interested in working with at-risk youth or in the school social work realm. I do not want to spoil the whole discussion, but I did want to discuss some key points that I got from the discussion. This program, from what was discussed, is college based. One thing that I thought was very informative was the continual follow through with students until graduation. It made me feel like this program is very personable and focuses on the goals a student has in order to be successful. Another key point was the continual emphasis that this program can be modified and how collaboration can assist with that. This made me think of the potential to incorporate this type of programming in an elementary, middle or high school. I know my field placement, a Buffalo Public School, would greatly benefit from a program such as this one. Finally, another key point was the aspect on education itself. If children have access to education, it can bring out strengths from a student who was previously predestined to go through the pipeline of the criminal justice system. I also feel as if this program can help diminish the stigma of a student being seen as the “bad kid” based on previous behaviors shown. It was very powerfully spoken when Cathy mentioned that this can also help provide growth within the community when given the opportunity to incorporate this program from a trauma informed perspective. I would definitely recommend listening to this podcast.

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