In recent years, New Orleans has become a case study in how children and families are affected by rapid decentralization of public education and mental health systems.
She steps up to the microphone. She strums her guitar and sings out “Tell me why we live like this / keep me safe inside.” It's the song “We are Broken” from the band Paramore.
At 14, Kayla Avitabile is the artist-in-residence at Valley Youth House, which provides shelter and services for homeless and runaway kids through 13 offices in eastern Pennsylvania.
The eclectic alternative musician is the featured artist in the first of four Valley Youth House concerts. She’ll introduce the musicians in the upcoming concerts and she’ll meet with kids in small groups and one-on-one to talk about their music and their aspirations.
Evidence suggests that restorative practices produce superior results when compared to punitive and retributive systems, but those who support this philosophy need to be on guard.
Carla Sanger’s father, Harold Galperin, a beloved principal at Baltimore City’s largest elementary school in the 1950s, taught her some of the most important lessons about education when she was a little girl.