Partnerships, NOT Pushouts
New "Whole-Child" Policy Guide for School Board Members
In today’s global economy, a high quality, comprehensive education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity – it's a prerequisite to success. Students must now possess not only academic knowledge and skills but also the individual and social competencies needed to effectively navigate the relationships and challenges of the modern world.
A new policy guide released today details how school board members can lead the way in securing a high quality education for each and every student in their district.
“Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success” was developed by the Alliance for Excellent Education, American Federation of Teachers, CASEL, Coalition for Community Schools, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, Opportunity Action, Opportunity to Learn Campaign, and the Rural School and Community Trust.
School boards play a key role in setting the vision and tone for their local school systems. This new guide can serve as a blueprint for board members who wish to create a better-coordinated system of "whole-child" supports for children and their families.
Included in the document are guiding questions to help school board members assess current district partnerships and determine what new efforts and capacities might better support their students. The guide also highlights districts around the country who use the "community school" model as one strategy to deliver these needed supports. These districts show the different paths taken to build comprehensive education systems and can serve as models for community partnerships in other states and districts.
From Oregon to Tennessee, from Maine to California, school districts and their board members are expanding opportunities and making a real difference in the lives of their students. It's time to build on these models and ensure every student in every school has a chance to flourish and succeed.
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