Join us as we continue our investigation into parenting struggles in education with special guest, Woody Clift.
In this episode of Mentorships in Education, we welcome Woody Clift, Massachusetts Director of DYS Education Initiative. Mentorships in Education is brought to you by Just Education, LLC and is hosted by Judith Epstein. Judith has a Master's degree in Education with a concentration in Language Acquisition. She is certified in special education with post-graduate coursework and professional development in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Social Thinking, and Collaborative & Proactive Solutions and Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT). Judith created Just Education, LLC to compile a free resource library for mentors of students who struggle on a wide variety of topics that are all related to education and student success.
Woody Clift is the Director of the DYS Education Initiative with the Collaborative for Educational Services.
In this role, he leads the Collaborative's efforts to create and sustain high quality, engaging, relevant, and personalized educational experiences for youth involved in the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. He has dedicated his life to addressing issues of inequity and social justice through education and collaboration.
He has over twenty years’ experience in collaborating with stakeholders across disciplines towards improving educational, social, emotional, and life outcomes for youth placed at risk.
Early in his career, he shaped the design, implementation, and expansion of an innovative school based early intervention mental health project in the Oakland Public Schools that sought to reduce barriers to learning and keep youth in school.
He also provided training and technical assistance to urban and rural schools alike for the National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, and was responsible for supporting districts in creating engaging, safe, and supportive schools.
He is a licensed superintendent and principal in Massachusetts, holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Leadership, and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is a National Champion in Ultimate Frisbee (at the Grand Masters Level).
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