Closing the Gap between Schools and Community: University/Community Collaboration Addresses Identified Barriers to Student Learning
Keywords:Collaboration, community engagement, Trauma- Responsive, Partnership, Whole Child
Two different community-engaged groups in Indianapolis, Indiana recommended trauma-responsive school communities to address barriers to student learning. Before merging their work, both groups represented collaborations of university academics; K-12 educators; dental, mental, and basic health providers; service organizations; youth development specialists; and public school parents. The conclusions from their work were clear: address the social/ emotional and mental health, trauma and violence, chronic absenteeism, and social media distractions of students or fail to impact learning and youth development success. Central to the conclusions was the collaborative nature of the community-engaged studies, input from the field, and survey respondent discussions and analysis of what the findings really meant. A culminating report, Closing the Gap between School & Community Partnerships: An assessment of schools in Indianapolis, recommends adopting whole-child approaches, strength-based family engagement, community school models, and increased public school funding to address the barriers identified from survey responses of 354 educators throughout the city of Indianapolis. This paper focuses on how the collaborative, community-engaged process led to the report findings and recommendations.
Copyright (c) 2023 Kate Roelecke, MPH, CHW, CYC-P, Jim Grim, MA, Silvia Garcia, PhD
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