always looked forward to meeting with my peer group because they were like
family and they led me down the right path.”
– 9th grade Peer Group Connection
- students become more closely connected with school and more deeply engaged in their own learning, which research makes clear leads to greater academic achievement;
- students develop leadership, social/emotional, non-cognitive skills that research shows are critical to college and career success; and
- schools help solve for their resource constraints by adding many, many more helping hands.
By Dr. Margo Ross, Senior Director of Development
Margo Ross, Psy.D., is Senior Director of Development at the Center for Supportive Schools, a nonprofit organization with a 37-year history of partnering with schools to train and mobilize students to be lifelong leaders who make schools better for themselves, their peers, and younger students. Dr. Ross has been a member of the staff at CSS for over 15 years and is a certified school psychologist in New Jersey. She holds both a doctorate and a master's degree in school psychology from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rutgers University.