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The Center's Training Tutorials are organized topically, with readings and related activities for "preheating," active learning, and follow-up. All readings and activity guides are available on the website of the national Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA.

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Overview Guide

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Initial Resources to "Preheat" Exploration of this Matter

The following materials provide a brief introduction and overview to the ideas covered by the tutorial:

(newsletter article)

(newsletter article)

In readying others for training in this matter, display the attached flyer and the above article on a training bulletin board and provide copies to interested staff.


Learning Sessions

Topic 1: New ways for schools to engage the community                

Reading: From:  School-Community Partnerships: A Guide , see "State of the Art"(pp. 9-15)

Activity: Use the various attached materials as stimuli and tools to focus application of what has been read.

    1.Outline what has been learned so far - Develop a brief outline of what you have learned about how schools can outreach to their communities to strengthen outcomes for all students (See attached worksheet)

    2. Discussion Session Exploring What Has Been Outlined - From an informal discussion and/or formal study group (see attached guide)

    3.Outline Revision - Make ongoing revisions in the outline (see the attached guide)

    4. Review the self-study survey entitled: Community Outreach for Involvement and Support - (including Volunteers(attached)


Topic 2: A look at programs that work to engage the community with the school

Reading: From: School-Community Partnerships (pp. 2-9)

From:A Sampling of Outcome Findings for Interventions Relevant to Addressing Barriers to Learning
(pp. 64, F-6, and appendix F).

Activity: Use the various attached materials as stimuli and tools to focus application of what has been read.

    1.Write and Discuss - What does your school currently do to address these matters (Use the attached worksheet as a Guide)

    2.What would you add? - (Use the attached guide sheet and the accompanying self-study survey entitled School-Community Partnerships as an aide)


Topic 3:     Community Involvement to Enhance Learning and Support for Schools                                               

Reading: From:School-Community Partnerships: A Guide, - see Building and Maintaining School-Community Partnerships (pp. 24-33a)

Activity: Use the various attached materials as stimuli and tools to focus application of what has been read.

    1.School observation - Mechanisms for Community Outreach (see attached guide)

    2. Making the case for Community Outreach - see attached worksheet


Follow-up for Ongoing Learning

As you decide to learn more about these matters, the following Center resources should be a helpful next step.

  1. The Quick Finds section of the Center website offers topic areas that are regularly updated with new reports, publications, internet sites, and centers specializing in the topic Stakeholders can keep current on School-Community Connections by visiting topic areas such as:

  2. Consider forming ongoing study groups

  3. Request ongoing inservice training and administrative support in developing these ideas

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