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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Documentary Provides an Intimate and Personal Look at Mental Health in Our Youth
Arlington, MA, January 10, 2014 – The National Institute for Student-Centered Education (NISCE) and Schools for Children, Inc. (SFC) along with Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies are proud to host a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Who Cares About Kelsey?’ The film, the third in our REAL FILMS: Bringing Students to the Focus, will be held at Northeastern University at West Village F, 40A Leon Street, Room 20, Boston, MA.
Kelsey Carroll has one goal – to graduate from high school – and plenty of reasons why she shouldn’t. She attends a school with one of the highest dropout rates in New Hampshire and has dealt with homelessness, sexual abuse, and ADHD. As a freshman, she didn’t earn a single academic credit, but she did get suspended for dealing drugs. ‘Who Cares About Kelsey?‘ is the story of Kelsey’s transformation from a defiant and disruptive “problem student” to a motivated and self-confident young woman. Along the way, critical figures in her personal and educational life shape her coming of age and play important roles in an education revolution that’s about empowering – not overpowering – youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, four million children and adolescents in this country suffer from a serious mental disorder that causes significant functional impairments at home, at school and with peers. Of children ages 9 to 17, 21% have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder that cause minimal impairment.
“NISCE is proud to host a screening of this movie. We find it important to bring to the surface the issues impacting our ability to teach our children in environments that are supportive and empowering. We hope, through our dialogue, we can contribute to finding ways that are supportive and nurturing for those students most in need.” states Theodore Wilson, Ph.D., Executive Director of NISCE.
After the film Dr. Nancy Rappaport, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of The Behavior Code, will offer some perspective on providing youth with the support needed to succeed. Rappaport is also the Attending Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Harvard teaching affiliate Cambridge Health Alliance, where she is the Director of School-Based Programs with a focus on servicing youths, families and staff in public schools. Nancy recently received Cambridge Health Alliance’s 2013 Art of Healing Award.
This film is being rescheduled, details to be announced shortly
By joining us you will be taking an important next step in finding solutions which both address immediate needs and lead to broader, systemic change in helping those with emotional/behavioral disorders.
FILM SERIES CONTACT
Alyssa Kierkegaard, NISCE Program Director
Melanie Tringali, Marketing Director
Founded in 2012 by the Massachusetts nonprofit Schools for Children, Inc., The National Institute for Student-Centered Education (NISCE) seeks to to catalyze grassroots support for a vision of education where students—not politics, not tests, not expediency—are at the center of learning, and where all students have the opportunities and resources they need to succeed. For more information visit www.nisce.org.
ABOUT SCHOOLS FOR CHILDREN, INC.
Schools for Children, Inc. is a Massachusetts nonprofit organization that creates and manages great schools and educational services. For more information, please visit www.schoolsforchildreninc.org.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF PROFESSIONAL STUDIES AT NORTHEASTERN fosters a learning environment for our students where programs taught are grounded in theory and applied in practice. With a faculty comprised of respected scholars pursuing the latest research in their fields, and industry leaders whose real-world experiences are put into practice in the classroom, we provide a rich academic curriculum that reflects the needs of all our students. The College of Professional Studies is the home of the Graduate School of Education, which offers masters and doctoral programs.
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