Sheyla Riaz

Guest Blogger

Director of Social Work

Camden, New Jersey

Sheyla Riaz, pronouns she/her/hers is a licensed clinical social worker, certified clinical supervisor and Director of Social Work for the Newark region of KIPPNJ where she leads the development of school-based student and family mental health supports. Sheyla earned her social work degree from the School of Social Work at NYU and bachelor’s in psychology from The College of New Jersey. Sheyla comes to KIPP with over 10 years of classroom and clinical experience serving an array of populations ranging from early childhood to adulthood. Prior to joining KIPPNJ, Sheyla practiced as a psychotherapist and program director in multiple settings from in-home case management to outpatient care.


Posted Aug. 31, 2021

Teachers Are Beyond Stress, Self Care Isn’t Optional, It’s Required

Can we finally all agree?  The pressure on educators is significant. According to a RAND study, stress was the most…

By Sheyla Riaz

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Times Are Tough. Asking Teachers to Get Tougher Isn’t the Answer.

Wednesday started out like any other; I left my house at 7:00 am to drive to my school campus, where I teach bilingual early childhood…

By Megan Hillegass

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Posted Oct. 18, 2021

Q&A With Alicia Dixon: Mutual Accountability Is a Stepping Stone on the Path to Justice

Alicia Dixon is executive director of the Marcus Foster Education Institute (MFEI). Since 1973, MFEI has been committed to improving educational opportunities and outcomes for…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Oct. 8, 2021

Your Thanksgiving Clip Art and Crafts Might Be Microaggressions. Here’s How to Do Better.

In March, Dr. Seuss Enterprises decided to cease publication of six of the prolific writer’s works due to his demeaning caricatures of non-white ethnicities. This…

By B. Manker, Ed.D

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