Creating Communities of Care: How Charter Schools Can Develop Systems That Support Student Mental Health
By Andrea Browning, Adrian Larbi-Cherif
Produced by National Charter School Resource Center
This resource aims to help charter schools adapt to the changing needs of their students and staff. It focuses on improving student mental health and well-being to set the foundation for school community wellness.
The resource also covers the research base and student and community well-being strategies aligned with the U.S. Department of Education’s Return to School Roadmap.
It contains three parts:
- Section 1 summarizes research linking good mental health and well-being to positive outcomes for students and schools
- Section 2 provides strategies for supporting mental health and well-being and highlights how three charter organizations respond to student and staff needs
- Section 3 describes how to use continuous improvement to create systems that support communities of care or refine existing systems
For more information on this topic, watch National Charter School Resource Center’s workshop Creating Communities of Care: A Workshop to Design Supports for Student and Staff Well-Being and Mental Health.
This toolkit is a self-guided resource for authorizers to identify indicators of distress, audit their data collection and evaluation process, and assess whether and to what extent the schools in their portfolio are showing indicators of distress.
Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools, Part 2: The Roles and Perspectives of Charter School Leaders and Board Members
This report aims to support charter school authorizers in recognizing early warning signs of early school decline from the perspectives of school leaders and governing board members.
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