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Schools for Children Announces Resignation of Dearborn Academy Director Howard Rossman
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Winchester, MA – April 11, 2016 – Schools for Children, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and managing great schools and educational services, has announced today that Howard Rossman is stepping down as director of Dearborn Academy, a special education therapeutic day school in Arlington that serves students in the greater Boston area.

Schools for Children has begun a search for Rossman’s replacement at Dearborn Academy and Rossman will continue to serve as director, as needed, through 2016.

“Throughout the past three decades Howard has dedicated himself to the Dearborn program and its students,” said Ted Wilson, executive director, Schools for Children. “He has built a widely-respected and stable leadership team at Dearborn that will welcome and support the school’s next director and will work together to see the Dearborn program thrive into the future.”

Rossman first joined Dearborn Academy as the clinical director in 1987 and became the school’s director in 1989. During his tenure, Rossman has worked to ensure that the school provides the highest quality services to students – a unique blend of academic and therapeutic programming – and to develop close working relationships with many Massachusetts school districts served by Dearborn Academy. Early in his career, Rossman worked in public schools and mental health centers, and was a teaching fellow at Boston College. Rossman also has a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington and consults to public school programs. He has been a well-regarded speaker at schools and human service organizations and has served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Approved 766-Approved Private Schools (maaps).

“It has been a great experience being the director of Dearborn Academy, and helping so many young people and families over the years,” said Rossman. “I have also enjoyed getting to know our neighbors and others in the Town of Arlington. I am certain that our program will persist and continue in its mission for many years to come.”

About Dearborn Academy

Dearborn Academy is one of New England’s leading state-approved special education day schools, serving children with emotional, social and learning challenges in separate elementary/middle and high school programs. Learn more at

About Schools for Children

Schools for Children, Inc. is a Massachusetts nonprofit organization creating and managing great schools and educational services, currently operating several schools, a before- and after-school program and a Short Term Educational Placement service.  Schools for Children also develops new education services and innovations and consults with other schools, districts and human service providers to enhance the quality and performance of their programs.

Media Contact:
Alison Kenney
PR Counsel for Schools for Children