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SEPTA Talks Social Emotional Learning to Kick Off the Year

Will co-host a presentation and special film screening on Oct. 3

Garden City’s Special Education Parent Teacher Association recently kicked off the new school year with a presentation for parents on social emotional learning and the different roles school support staff take on in addressing the mental wellbeing of students. The presentation included the roles of school social workers, psychologists and behavior consultants, how they work together and how they work with families and how are other staff members are being trained to help children with special needs.

School psychologist Monica Saavedra and school social worker Michele Vincent led the presentation, titled “Empowering Parents,” held at Hemlock School.

SEPTA, in conjunction with the Garden City PTA and the Garden City School District, will host a program titled “Opening Doors to Inclusive pathways” on Thursday, October 3. The program will include a viewing of Dan Habib’s film “Intelligent Lives” in the Garden City High School auditorium, beginning at 7 p.m. According to film’s website, “Intelligent Lives” serves as a “catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.”

A follow-up panel discussion will follow. All Garden City families are invited to attend. To reserve a seat, visit