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Lansingburgh Recognized for Mental Health Work

4/26/2019 - Lansingburgh was recently recognized for its ongoing work in children's mental health. This recognition is part of the "What’s Great in Our State: A Celebration of Children’s Mental Health Awareness” event on May 7. This event highlights organizations across the State making a difference in youth mental health and Lansingburgh was chosen as the honoree in the School/School District category.

A major component of Lansingburgh’s ongoing mental health work is its district-wide Trauma Sensitive Schools Initiative (TSS), overseen by District Director of School-Community Partnerships, Dana Roman. “TSS is about understanding many of our students come from high-stress environments, so it’s our job to create a learning environment meeting them where they’re emotionally at,” said Ms. Roman. “This begins with training faculty to take mindful approaches when responding to students and helping them adjust how they react to student behavior.”

Faculty put this into effect in classrooms using progressive methods such as Calming Corners, which are low-stress locations in classrooms where students decompress with various activities. The TSS approach allows faculty to address challenging students while making District classrooms better overall learning environments for every student.

Ms. Roman will represent Lansingburgh at the “What’s Great in Our State” event on May 7. “Receiving this honor is truly validating for our Faculty/Staff and Administration. We’ve put a lot of hard work into our TSS Initiative and it’s great having that work acknowledged,” said Ms. Roman.