Special Resource Material Developed by the Center

Title: School Improvement: Where's Student Support? (Newsletter)

Description: Recent policy and program analyses conducted by our Center make it clear how few support staff are full participants at school and district tables where major school improvement decisions are made. It is not surprising, then, that student support staff are not appropriately accounted for in school improvement planning and implementation. This state of affairs fundamentally undermines efforts to enable all students to have an equal opportunity to succeed at school. It is widely conceded that student supports tend to be fragmented and narrowly-focused and reach only a small proportion of those in need. Moreover, sparse budgets lead school counselors, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and other support staff into counter-productive competition with each other and with community professionals working with schools. Changes clearly are needed. The question is how best to alter this unacceptable status quo.

Access at:   http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/newsletter/summer06.pdf  492kb; 13pp