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OPINION: Many students who need mentors still don’t have them

March 5, 2018 News

If it weren’t for Amanda Gallardo, Steffan Barahona’s road to becoming the first in his family to attend college in the United States might have been much bumpier. As it was, during his senior year of high school in Arlington, Virginia, Barahona felt completely overwhelmed by the application process. Gallardo — a Communities in Schools site coordinator and a first-generation college student herself — had faced similar challenges. She’d been there. “I didn’t have anybody guide me through that process of getting through high school and going to college,” she says. “I wanted to be that for somebody.” Gallardo took on a role that every young person needs in their lives: a caring mentor. She offered both practical and moral support, and as his senior year progressed, Barahona started coming into Gallardo’s office for more than academic advice. They would talk when his home life was stressful, his classwork was too much, or he had challenges with friends at school.

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Charlotte: Integrated student support makes a difference

Jan. 23, 2018 News

North Carolina's Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District faces many of the same challenges as another urban districts. More than half if its students are considered economically disadvantaged, many of its neighborhoods have experienced a dramatic rise in concentrated poverty, and the region has seen a large influx of immigrant children.

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Solving chronic absenteeism in schools is an integrated effort

Jan. 3, 2018 News

Absenteeism isn’t just a Tennessee problem. It’s a national crisis affecting one in seven students. Tennessee must demonstrate its leadership on this issue. By helping children and their families deal with the out-of-school obstacles that keep students away, teachers are free to make the most of every minute in the classroom.

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Making the Grade: Progress Report and Next Steps for Integrated Student Supports

Dec. 7, 2017 News

In recent years, the education field has come to recognize the role of schools in supporting student health, safety, and well‐being by developing integrated student support initiatives.  These offer specific services and supports to students and their families to build a foundation for academic success. These initiatives, referred to as community schools and wraparound supports as well as integrated student supports models, help schools connect struggling children with secure housing, medical care, food assistance, tutoring, and other critical supports. While they are understood to be vital components of community efforts on behalf of children and families, they also further our nation’s collective efforts to close education opportunity gaps, raise graduation rates, and better compete on the international stage.  

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