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    A Conversation with David Lewis
    Posted on 05/08/2016
    This is the image for the news article titled A Conversation with David LewisLast January Seattle Public Schools launched its program of Behavioral Health Services. This program, directed and managed by David, is dedicated to lowering discipline rates and focusing on educational practices that align with social emotional research, and trauma informed practices. David’s research includes social-emotional components balanced with academics to support healthy, whole children and their success in school.

    While the program is new, David’s experience runs deep. David has worked with school-aged children across Seattle for more than 15 years. From 2006-2012, David led field work in collaboration with the University of Washington, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and the Nesholm Family Foundation for the Middle School Support Program. This work showed the correlation between social emotional health, environmental barriers that impact mental health, and their overall impact on Academic Success. Since the time of the study and successful implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), four of the District’s lowest performing middle schools (Mercer, Denny, Aki Kurose and Meany) have shown and maintained significant academic improvements.

    In 2012, David began developing the Behavioral Health division at Rainier Scholars Academic organization, where his work contributed to increased retention rates, and academic success for some of Seattle’s most at risk population of students. David’s contributions have also helped students and families develop necessary skills related to navigating rigorous academic environments.David is currently implementing Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) in 20 elementary schools across the district and has plans to start PBIS in 20 more schools next year.

    We delighted to have the opportunity to bring Kimball Elementary into the conversation with David Lewis. David will be at the Kimball Commons on May 10th from 6-7:30pm to discuss his work and answer your questions. Everyone is welcome and we hope to see you there.