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Lansingburgh Selected to Join National Center for Safe, Supportive Schools Learning Collaborative

June 15, 2021

Lansingburgh Central School District is happy to announce a new partnership – the National Center for Safe, Supportive Schools Learning Collaborative (NCS3LC) - with Questar III BOCES, the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the NYS Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH), Rensselaer County, the Rensselaer County Department of Mental Health and the National Center for Safe, Supportive Schools. Lansingburgh is one of only fifteen school districts nationwide accepted to participate in the NCS3LC, which is a part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

This collaborative offers its members two years of participation in free professional development and consultation from national experts to help with developing culturally responsive, trauma-informed, school mental health systems.

Joseph Otter, Lansingburgh’s Director of School Community Partnerships and NCS3LC District Team Leader, applied for this opportunity in early Spring 2021. “Lansingburgh Schools, Questar, NYSED, NYSOMH and the county all share the same students, plus we all work together to improve the lives and futures of our students,” said Mr. Otter. “This will allow us to collectively develop and use the same playbook as we work to make our systems more culturally responsive and trauma-informed to benefit students.”

The Lansingburgh Schools NCS3LC Leadership Team includes representation from:

  • Lansingburgh Central Schools
  • The New York State Education Dept
  • NYS Office of Mental Health
  • Questar III BOCES
  • Rensselaer County
  • The Rensselaer County Dept. of Mental Health

Professional development and consultations through the NCS3LC will begin in Fall 2021. Leadership Team representatives will receive monthly training and consultations that they will report to all members of the collective. Staff from two Lansingburgh schools - Turnpike Elementary (Pre-K – 2nd Grade) and Knickerbacker Middle School (Grades 6-8) – will also receive several sessions of professional development.

 “We are beyond excited to be one of the few schools nationally receiving this grant,” said Carrie Phelan, Principal at Lansingburgh’s Knickerbacker Middle School. “Over the past year, we are seeing more mental health concerns than ever before because of the pandemic and we feel this is critical support for our students and families. This opportunity means we can continue our work with trauma-sensitive and culturally responsive classrooms.”

Visit the National Center for Safe, Supportive Schools Learning Collaborative website to learn more about the NCS3LC: https://www.ncs3.org/states-and-districts