Providence, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced that the
Providence School Board formally approved the hiring of six school culture
coordinators at a special public meeting held at the Providence Public School
District’s offices last night. School culture coordinators represent a new initiative
by Mayor Elorza and the school department to promote a positive school climate
and increase student engagement. The hiring of a seventh and final coordinator
is expected to be approved at the board’s January meeting.
“Providing a supportive and inspiring learning environment is
critical for student success, especially during a challenging time like the
middle school years,” said Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “I’m thrilled to welcome the
new coordinators who will serve as role models and engage students and
community partners in all of our middle schools.”
Each school culture coordinator will be assigned to one of
Providence’s seven public middle schools, where they will work with
administrators on site to leverage community partners for additional in-school
and out-of-school assistance, increase leadership opportunities for students
and offer greater levels of social-emotional support. In particular,
coordinators will be tasked with implementing restorative justice practices
that use facilitated conversations and community service to understand and
School culture coordinators approved by the board include:
Nerise Beckford-Joly, who has been working as a restorative
conference facilitator with Family Service of Rhode Island.
Jason Figueroa, a youth program leader most recently serving as
an impact manager for City Year Providence.
Stephen Larbi, a teen program coordinator for the Boys and Girls
Club of Pawtucket and a member of the Pawtucket Youth Commission.
Erroll Lomba, a director of youth and justice programs with
Rhode Island for Community and Justice.
Carina Monge, a career and technical education program
coordinator for the school district.
Elsie Palmieri, an education advisor who has worked with
American Student Assistance and RI College Crusade.