On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education (ED)/Office of Safe and Healthy Students, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) hosted the first grantee Office Hours event for Project Prevent and Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grantees.
This Office Hour focused on the challenges of implementing the evidence-based program "Second Step" and "Too Good for Violence" with fidelity. Tim Dunn (Technical Assistance Specialist, NCSSLE) facilitated a discussion in which Department of Education Grantees had the opportunity to consult with experts Juliet Kandel (US Partnership Manager,Committee for Children) and Cindy Swartzwelder (Training Services Manager, CE Mendez Foundation Inc) on topics such as implementation, fidelity, and sustainability as it pertains to this specific EBP.
- Second Step: 2-2:45pm ET with Juliet Kandel
- Too Good For Violence: 2:45 - 3:00pm ET with Cindy Swartzwelder
Grantees implementing at least one of these two programs via their grant had the opportunity to speak directly with Juliet and Cindy about common implementation challenges.
About the Speakers
Juliet Kandel has worked in SEL, violence and substance abuse prevention since 1989. She was formerly a prevention coordinator for a small school district in Ohio. At Committee for Children since 2003, Juliet is the Implementation and Partnerships Manager. She supports systemic Second Step Program implementations across the country through consultation, strategic partnerships and professional development (Second Step Leadership Institute, national conference presentations, etc.). Juliet is committed to discovering and supporting what it is that adults need in order for children to get the greatest benefit from SEL instruction.
Cindy Swartzwelder is the Training Services Manager at the CE Mendez Foundation Inc. (a non-profit foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in the field of drug and violence prevention education). In addition to teaching the Foundation’s programs to middle and high school students in local school systems, she also designs and facilitates the national training program for educators as part of the Mendez Foundation’s Too Good Programs. In the eight years she has been with the Foundation, she has trained more than 4,000 program teachers/facilitators at more than 250 Too Good trainings in 40 states. A lifelong resident of Florida, Cindy earned a B.A. from the University of South Florida and has volunteered with both the No More Orphans and I Matter Too (mentoring/tutoring) programs. She currently serves as a Guardian ad Litem for children in dependency court in Hillsborough County and resides near Tampa.
Project directors whose districts are implementing Second Step were encouraged to attend this event.