About the Author(s)
Robin Detterman, MEd, is Executive Director of School Partnerships at the Seneca Family of Agencies.
Jenny Ventura, MSW, is Director of Model Implementation and Assessment of Unconditional Education at the Seneca Family of Agencies.
Lihi Rosenthal, MEd, is the Executive Director of Education at the Seneca Family of Agencies.
Ken Berrick is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Seneca Family of Agencies.
"What I know for certain after 50 years in education: unconditional care is the cornerstone of who we are as educators. I have witnessed firsthand how the Seneca model can help us reclaim a radical hope for equity and justice for children and families-who come to our schools with the expectation that we open our arms and hearts and make a difference in their lives." -- Lynda Tredway, MA, Senior Associate for Leadership and Equity, Institute for Educational Leadership
"Unconditional Education starts with the premise that an effective public education is something all children deserve. This is not just a statement about the value of education and the role of equity, but a belief that as a society we depend on (i.e., need) an informed and talented citizenry. This vision of an inclusive educational commitment guides the design of curricula, instructional practices, social and behavior support procedures, and organizational systems. In this text, the authors braid current research-informed approaches to education with common-sense systems of staffing, data-management, and adaptation. The goal within Unconditional Education is not just to do all we can to get it 'right' from the beginning, but to incorporate procedures that will allow the
functional adaptations needed to address foreseen challenges." -- Rob Horner, PhD, Professor, Special Education; Co-director, OSEP TA Center on PBIS, University of Oregon
"A must-read book for achieving breakthrough results in America's education system. Ensuring all children can succeed begins with deep cross-sector partnerships; integration across education, human services, and children's behavioral health; and believing in the promise of every child within the context of their school, family, and community. The authors understand that the evidence-based approach and values in child- and family-centered wraparound are core to the success we seek. Wraparound is not a 'program' to replicate for some children, but rather a system-wide orientation that gives every child the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential." -- Susan N. Dreyfus, President and CEO, The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities