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Margo Ross

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Every School…Safe, Supportive, Engaging, Inspiring: Peer mentoring promotes positive school climate and appreciation of diversity

Posted by Margo Ross on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 @ 10:03 AM

"The 2016 election has been long and fraught with strong emotions. As a nation, we have much to do to heal the divisiveness that has resulted. As parents, caregivers, and educators, we have a critical responsibility to help children and youth feel safe and secure and learn how to engage with others of differing viewpoints in a peaceful, tolerant, and respectful manner.

As always, schools play a critical role in this process by creating a positive learning environment for all students. It is imperative that educators facilitate respectful discussions among students and safeguard the well-being of those who may feel at risk."

-National Association of School Psychologists, November 9, 2016


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Topics: 11 Principles, Mentoring

School-based Peer Mentoring Builds Relationships, Creates Caring Communities

Posted by Margo Ross on Mon, Mar 7, 2016 @ 08:03 AM

by Margo Ross, Senior Director of Development, Center for Supportive Schools

School-based, cross-age peer mentoring programs tap into the power of older students to create nurturing, supportive environments for younger students and can be a highly effective tool to address Principle 4, creating a caring community.

“Students are not able to focus in the classroom if they don’t feel emotionally secure,” says Doris Lee, Principal at Village Academy Middle School in Queens, New York City. “What [peer mentoring] has helped me do with my school community is create kind of a positive peer pressure where the leaders are working with younger students and using their relationships to help them do the right thing.”

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Topics: Caring Classrooms,, Caring Community, Mentoring