Community Involvement

Effective school planning teams include community members since many issues related to prevention require interventions that go beyond the school walls. Some schools have worked closely with the community to increase opportunities for students to be in safe and supervised settings after school. Other teams have worked with community programs so that the social skills taught in school are applied in other settings like the library, youth centers, or the local pool. School teams have organized Community Forums that assist schools in recruiting family and community volunteers and bring in donations that can be used in reward programs for students engaging in positive social behaviors. The links on this page have resources, tools, readings, and popular sites that encourage community involvement.

Bazelon Center’s “Way to Go: School Success for Children with Mental Health Care Needs”
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This document provides information about how states and school districts have combined school-wide positive behavior support with effective mental health services.

Checklist for Local Advocates of School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Integrated with Mental Health
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This checklist is for advocates who wish to promote, at the local level, the edu¬cational reform of school-wide positive behavior support, integrated with mental health systems of care providing effective services (a mental health reform).

Community Self-Assessment and Action Planning Tool
Freeman, R., Hearst, A., and Anderson, S. (2008)
http://www.swpbs.org/schoolwide/files/community_mappingworksheetfinaldraft
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This tool can be used by both school and district leadership planning teams to assess community resources and create an action plan for expanding school-wide positive behavior support and community involvement.

Juvenile Justice and Positive Behavior Supports
http://www.edjj.org/aboutedjj/about.html
The National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice, EDJJ, focus on assisting practitioners, policymakers, researchers and advocates to identify and implement effective school-based delinquency prevention programs, education and special education services in juvenile correctional facilities, and transition supports for youth re-entering their schools and communities from secure care settings. Included are articles on professional development regarding research and principles on effective instruction and prevention in the juvenile correction system.

Project HOPE
http://education.wm.edu/centers/hope/
Project HOPE is an example of state-wide interagency collaboration and community involvement to address the education and success of children and families in Virginia who are highly mobile.

Using Community Action Planning to Support School-wide Positive Behavior Support Efforts
http://www.swpbs.org/schoolwide/files/Colorado_Community_Breakoutfinal.pdf
This presentation describes how school planning teams can organize a self assessment and action plan to include community members in school-wide positive behavior support and to expand implementation efforts.

 
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