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Supporting Grieving Students with Kate Lannan, MS, LSW


Downingtown, PA — The Downingtown Area School District is proud to announce the upcoming program, "Supporting Grieving Students," scheduled for October 30th at 3:45 PM (EDT). This valuable training session will take place via Zoom and will be conducted in conjunction with the Cultural Equity Task Force meeting.

The program aims to address an essential aspect of student well-being by providing support and guidance for grieving students. With the challenges and emotional hurdles that students face, it's vital for educational institutions to create a supportive environment. This program aligns with the district's commitment to holistic student development.

The session will be led by Kate Lannan, a Licensed Social Worker and the Education Director at A Haven, a nonprofit organization dedicated to partnering with grieving families through grief support, education, community outreach, and instilling hope. Kate's extensive experience and background in social work, particularly in working with grieving children and families, make her a highly qualified expert for this program.

“This program, 'Supporting Grieving Students,' is a testament to our ongoing commitment to providing a safe, inclusive, and empathetic environment for all students. It's a reflection of our mission to ensure that our teachers and staff have the tools to be successful, inside the classroom and out," says Justin Brown, DEI Director at Downingtown Area School District.

Kate Lannan earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice in 2014. Her professional journey has seen her work in various capacities, including at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Settling in West Chester in 2017, Kate joined the team at A Haven in 2018. Her personal connection to the area as a parent of a DASD student underscores her dedication to supporting the local community.

This program is brought to you by The Cultural Equity Task Force (CETF), an initiative of the Downingtown Area School District. The CETF is committed to ensuring equity for students, staff, and families by addressing bias and disparities within the classroom and school environment. By enacting culturally responsive and culturally sustaining policies, procedures, and practices, the task force aims to create an inclusive and equitable educational experience for all.

The "Supporting Grieving Students" program aligns with the CETF's mission by acknowledging the diverse needs of students and families during difficult times and promoting a culture of empathy and support within the district.

The Downingtown Area School District welcomes all interested parties, including educators, parents, community members, and stakeholders, to attend this insightful program. The Zoom session will begin promptly at 3:45 PM (EDT) on October 30th. Please mark your calendars and join us for a comprehensive session on "Supporting Grieving Students."

To learn more about DASD’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program, please