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Creating a system of shared
communication and advocacy in the area
of comprehensive student health and
The American School Counselor Association
Center for School Mental Health,
National Association for School Psychologists,
and American Council for School Social Work
developed the “Building Collaborative Cultures”
Practice Group as a part of the
National Community of Practice
on School Behavioral Health.
•Establish connections across groups.
•Build representation from states, agencies,
national organizations, technical assistance
providers and other stakeholder groups.
•Establish routine communication.
•Identify shared interests across
• Articulate the issues that might be the
foundation for groups as collaborative
• Build an infrastructure that helps
individuals and groups doing related work
find each other and begin to collaborate.
By Building a Collaborative Culture to support
student health and well-being, stakeholders are
most able to:
• partner as leaders in systemic change
• ensure equity and access
• promote academic, career and personal,
and social development for every
Contracted School Based Mental Health Providers
School Social Workers
Regular Education Teachers
Juvenile Justice Professionals
Medical Professional Partners
Substance Use Agency Partners
“ How do we move from “expert driven”
one student at a time,
to building capacity within schools
to support all students?”
Many people have wondered. . .
What do ALL these
professionals that work with
Do the different professionals even understand
what each stakeholder does or offers?
Lack of legitimization.
Lack of consistent identity.
Limited or no involvement in reform
Variation in roles from state to state and
site to site.
Mis-assumptions and territorialism among
the helping professionals themselves.
National School Psychologist Association:
American Council for School Social Workers
American School Counseling Association
National Association of Elementary School Principals
National Association of Secondary School Principals
Center for School Mental Health
National Association of School Nurses
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
What is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology
and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level
degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that
includes a year-long supervised internship.
NASP Practice Model: Improving outcomes for
students and schools by:
Improve Academic Engagement and Achievement
Facilitate Effective Instruction
Support Positive Behavior and Socially Successful Students
Support Diverse Learners
Create Safe, Positive School Climates
Who are school social workers?
◦ School social workers are pupil services professionals who
generally hold a masters degree in social work and who have
unique training and experience specific to working in schools
and/or with children.
How do school social workers assist students?
◦ School social workers provide an ecological approach to
insuring student success. They assist children and families by
examining those factors in the home, school and/or community
that are impacting a student’s educational success and then
assist in reducing those barriers to learning.
The Role of the Professional School Counselor
◦ Professional school counselors are certified/licensed
educators with a minimum of a master’s degree in school
ASCA National Model
◦ Focused on students’ academic, personal/social and career
development needs by designing, implementing, evaluating and
enhancing a comprehensive school counseling program that
promotes and enhances student success.
◦ Video Overview:
What is the IDEA Partnership?
◦ The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of
more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance
providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local
◦ Together with the Office of Special Education Programs
(OSEP), the Partner Organizations form a community with the
potential to transform the way we work and improve outcomes
for students and youth with disabilities.
Communities of Practice
◦ A Community of Practice (CoP) is quite simply a group of
people that agree to interact regularly to solve a persistent
problem or improve practice in an area that is important to
Who We Are
◦ The National Association of Elementary School Principals
(NAESP), founded in 1921, is a professional organization
serving elementary and middle school principals and other
education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and
The Association believes that the progress and well-being of
the individual child must be at the forefront of all elementary
and middle-school planning and operations. Further, NAESP
supports elementary and middle-level principals as the primary
catalyst for creating a lasting foundation for learning, driving
school and student performance, and shaping the long-term
impact of school improvement efforts.
Who We Are:
◦ NASSP works to provide school leaders with the information
and resources they need to address the many challenges in
Breaking Ranks Framework
What Needs to Improve?
Regardless of grade level, all schools must address the
three core areas of collaborative leadership (CL);
personalizing your school environment (PER); and curriculum,
instruction, and assessment to improve student
performance (CIA). Only by addressing each of these three
overlapping areas can improved student performance occur.
Who is the Center for Mental Health?
◦ The CSMH is an energetic and committed team, including
youth and families, educators, social workers, psychologists,
licensed professional counselors, psychiatrists, graduate
students, postdoctoral fellows, administrative staff, and
other health and mental health staff.
What is Expanded School Mental Health?
◦ We use the term "expanded school mental health" (ESMH) to
describe what we believe are the core elements of effective
school mental health programs. ESMH programs are
developed through partnerships between schools and
community agencies to move toward a full continuum of
effective mental health promotion, early intervention, and
treatment for youth in general and special education.
◦ Website: http://csmh.umaryland.edu/
Mission: The National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
advances the specialty practice of school nursing to improve the
health and academic success of all students.
Vision: NASN is the indispensable resource to the global health
Core Goal: Every child has a school nurse, all day, every day.
OJJDP collaborates with professionals from diverse disciplines to
improve juvenile justice policies and practices.
OJJDP, a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S.
Department of Justice, accomplishes its mission by supporting states,
local communities, and tribal jurisdictions in their efforts to develop
and implement effective programs for juveniles.
The Office strives to strengthen the juvenile justice system's efforts
to protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and provide
services that address the needs of youth and their families.
Through its components, OJJDP sponsors research, program, and
training initiatives; develops priorities and goals and sets policies to
guide federal juvenile justice issues; disseminates information about
juvenile justice issues; and awards funds to states to support local
◦ Website: http://www.ojjdp.gov/
School leaders, school staff
individual agency partners,
parents, and community members
may feel their agenda
ought to be the priority of each group.
The results often lead to confusion
(Carolyn Maddy Bernstein, 1995)
When school systems fail to
clearly understand and define
“We need to be the change
we want to see happen.
We are the leaders
we have been waiting for.”
The primary purpose to promote the active
exchange of ideas and collaboration between
school employed and community employed
With a focus on having positive impact by
working together to create and sustain a
better informed and skilled team of
professionals to address the needs of students
and their families.
“What do ALL these
The new question is…
“How are students doing better
because we have so many
professionals working together?”
o College and Career Readiness
o Positive Behavior Intervention and
o RTI/MTSS: Response to
Intervention/Multi-tiered Systems of
Heartland Educational Agency
We can effectively teach all children
Use a problem-solving method to make decisions
within a multi-tier model
Use research-based, scientifically validated
interventions/instruction to the extent available
Monitor student progress to inform instruction
Use data to make decisions
Use assessment for 3 different purposes
Screening, diagnostic, progress monitoring
The term three tier pyramid of intervention is based
upon the public health model that focuses on levels of
treatment based on identified need.
Heartland Educational Agency
Will help you to:
Know immediately, “Is what we are doing working?”
Know which students need more/different
Know what each student needs
Provide structures to deliver what students need
Reduce rates of identification of student learning disabilities
Prevent reading problems before they occur
Raise student achievement
Heartland Educational Agency
School Based Professionals
to Positively Impact Students
In and Out of the Classroom!
All this will not be finished in the first one
hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the
first thousand days, nor in the life of this
administration, nor even perhaps in our
lifetime on this planet.
– John F. Kennedy
But let us begin.