Building Student Support Networks - March 11, 7pm
Veita Jackson-Carter is a native of Gainesville, Florida. She is a life-long learner and educator. She is a graduate of Santa Fe College, the University of Florida, and Nova Southeastern University. She has spent 35 years as an educator for the School Board of Alachua County, and 12 years as an Adjunct Associate at Santa Fe College. She is the administrator overseeing the Students to Successful Citizens/System of Care at the Alachua County School District. The goal of this innovative program is to match high-need students struggling in school by providing wraparound services (mental wellness, and community resources) to them and their families.
Veita is an advocate for students and families. Her work in the community involves engaging a network of 60 community, business, and faith-based partners to provide support for families.
Since 1997, Rex has worked as a Specialist in Pupil Support Services with the Sarasota County School Board. In this position he is the District-wide facilitator and trainer for the implementation of the:
Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) model for student achievement,
Positive Behavior Support (PBS) process,
Restorative Strategies Initiative,
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) curriculum,
Techniques for Effective Aggression Management (TEAM),
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) compliance,
Section 504 compliance,
Sarasota County Induction Program as a lead mentor, &
Digital MTSS computerized documentation system.
Akua Bonsu is a Senior Research Associate at Everytown for Gun Safety. In this role, she provides research support for gun violence prevention campaigns conducted in the Southeastern region of the United States and develops research projects with focus on the impact of gun violence on Black communities.
In her three years as a researcher at Everytown, she has developed research materials on the intersection of community trauma and gun violence, the dual crises of gun violence and the COVID-19 pandemic, the inherent danger of Stand Your Ground laws, and the harms of reactive school safety measures on students belonging to marginalized communities.
She is an alumna of Columbia University, where her areas of study included Psychology, Urban Studies, and Anthropology.