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Within school communities, educators and other professionals are recognizing the importance of integrating student services to promote overall health and well-being. This continuing education course, developed using information from Child Trends, outlines the core components of Integrated Student Supports (ISS) and highlights growing evidence that endorses these initiatives. Research and theory that aligns with ISS is discussed as well as key findings from evaluation studies pertaining to ISS impacts, including how such programs help students and their families to build a foundation for academic success.
1. Identify the role of integrated student support (ISS) initiatives in supporting student health, safety, well-being, and academic success.
2. Describe research and theory that aligns with integrated services and outline ISS core components.
3. Summarize key findings from rigorous ISS evaluation studies, and highlight positive impacts of particular models.
4. Discuss results across a variety of outcomes, including attendance, grades, test scores, graduation, and GPAs.
5. Explore implementation lessons learned from ISS programs, while evaluating what happened, what worked, and what seemed to matter most.
6. Evaluate benefits and costs of integrated student services, and discuss strategies to assess long-term impacts of ISS.
7. Determine how policymakers, practitioners, funders, researchers, and evaluators can advocate for ISS initiatives to support students and their families.
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