Northstar Learning Center

Student Support Programs

In today’s global economy, high-quality education is no longer just a path to individual opportunity, but also the way to community safety, economic prosperity, and social well-being. We believe that education is the great equalizer and every human being should have the right, privilege, and opportunity to get the best education possible. Unfortunately in our world, this is often not a reality for many impoverished groups of people. Education falls by the wayside as people struggle to find food, shelter, and healthcare. Thus, we have a stake in helping all students develop into responsible, educated, productive, and caring adults.

New Bedford Public Schools

Believing that all students can learn and thrive in the right conditions, NorthStar has worked closely with the New Bedford Public Schools for many years in planning and providing additional academic, social-emotional, and civic learning opportunities during the school day and after school for struggling students. As a community partner, we have been able to leverage additional resources to provide more time, attention, and individualized support to students. In some schools, we have been able to establish and sustain small, cohesive learning communities that help low-performing, often disengaged students feel they belong and where safety, peer helping relationships, and valuation of education become the norm. On a broader level, we work with district and school leadership to create welcoming and responsive school environments that promote learning, equity, and achievement for all students.

School-Based Clinical Services

A collaboration between NorthStar and the New Bedford Public School, our clinician is able to provide groups in a classroom focused on social-emotional and the importance of service learning. The group instructor is trauma trained and experienced to assist struggling, trauma-exposed students in coping with overwhelming, immobilizing emotions and help them construct new meaning of their trauma history, heal, and learn and develop in healthy ways.

Professional Development for Educators and School Administration

The rapid demographic and socio-economic changes in modern society present new complexities and place increased demands on our public school systems. Our professional development workshops are intended to assist educators in understanding how issues impact their classrooms and provide take-away tools and approaches to address the challenges, increasing the ability for every student to learn and thrive.

Since 2016, NorthStar has been one of the lead providers in promoting and adopting trauma-informed care and sensitivity training through professional development for New Bedford Public Schools.

Our full scope of professional development opportunities includes:

  • Social and emotional learning
  • Cultural competence
  • Introduction to mindfulness
  • Trauma-informed schooling