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School Mental Health Forum

October 7, 2021 | 9 AM - 1PM PST

School Mental Health Forum

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr. Debra Duardo, Los Angeles County Superintendent of School
  • Dr. Daniel Lee, State Deputy Superintendent of Equity

Panelist represent the following areas:

  • District representative
  • School Administrators
  • Students
  • Caregivers
  • School counselors
  • School mental health clinicians

The Hathaway Center for Excellence will be hosting a community forum focused on School Mental Health and the return to a changed school environment. The pandemic school year has revealed and exacerbated stark inequities in regard to technology and educational access, particularly among students of color and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. School districts, education staff, and families are being compelled to consider new and strategic engagement strategies as students return to various models of learning. In addition, schools are at a crossroads for determining how to best address diversity, equity, and inclusion within their engagement models and throughout the school environment. In Los Angeles County, the diversity across the student body, staff, and school contexts provides a tremendous opportunity to rise to the challenge of meeting the needs that have become so evident during the pandemic. This forum will bring together leaders, school staff, caregivers, and students to discuss the issues facing schools in the 2021-2022 school year and to identify best practices for building and sustaining equitable engagement into the future.

This 4-hour event schedule is as follows:


  • Welcome and opening statements (9-9:15)
  • Opening keynote presentation (9:15-10) – Debra Duardo, Los Angeles County Superintendent of School
  • Panel #1 – school district representatives (10-10:45) – District representatives and school administrators discussing engagement strategies this school year
  • Discussion and dialogue with panelists (10:45-11:00)
  • Break (11:00-11:15)
  • Panel #2 – caregivers, student, and school mental health providers (11:15-12:00) – Students, caregivers, school counselors, and school mental health clinicians discussing social-emotional learning needs
  • Discussion and dialogue with panelists (12:00-12:15)
  • Closing keynote presentation (12:15-12:45) – Daniel Lee, State Deputy Superintendent of Equity
  • Evaluations and closing (12:45-1)