InterconnectED is working in multiple states to develop state-level infrastructures to facilitate local integration of education with social services, youth development, health, and mental health resources for children and families in order to improve learning outcomes.
InterconnectED is at the Boston College Lynch School of Education alongside City Connects, a national program that provides each child in a school with a personalized set of supports and opportunities, and serves as a research and development platform for the field. With City Connects, we can test out and evaluate approaches in real schools and real communities to see what works, for whom, when, and why — and then share what we learn. Principles of Effective Practice for Integrated Student Support is one example, synthesizing developmental theory, principles of effective practice, how the principles are operationalized in City Connects, and evidence of impact on student outcomes.
Thanks to many different efforts to better coordinate resources for children and families, we can also learn from other approaches. Alternately known as “wraparound,” “collective impact,” “integrated student support,” “community schools,” “full service schools,” “school-community partnerships,” “place-based initiatives,” and “care coordination” in health care, these approaches can inform the work of InterconnectED and the broader field of integrated student support.
Today, we are innovating and testing out tools to support effective implementation at-scale in Massachusetts.