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ERIC Number: ED478993
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Nov
Pages: 70
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Summit on New Directions for Student Support. Center Report.
California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.
Schools and communities increasingly are being called on to meet the needs of all youngsters-- including those experiencing learning, behavior, and emotional problems. Meeting the challenge is difficult. Efforts to do so are handicapped by the way in which student support interventions currently are conceived, organized, and implemented. Over the many years that school reform has focused on improving instruction, little attention has been paid to rethinking student supports. Because of this, many factors that interfere with student performance and progress are not addressed effectively. In response to widespread interest for mounting a nationwide initiative to stimulate new directions for student supports, a national Summit was convened on October 28, 2002. The discussion centered around four fundamental problems that must be addressed in order to move forward: (1) policy, (2) intervention frameworks, (3) infrastructure, and (4) systemic change. The report from the summit begins with a concept paper entitled: "New Directions for Student Support" and then highlights key points discussed at the meeting. Among the major points covered: (1) current policy and practice should be viewed through the lens of how schools address barriers to learning and teaching; (2) all support activity can be embedded in comprehensive, integrated frameworks; (3) student supports can be reframed as a comprehensive, multifaceted, and cohesive component to address barriers to learning; and (4) new directions means restructuring, transforming, and enhancing school-owned and community resources. (GCP)
Center for Mental Health in Schools, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Rockville, MD. Center for Mental Health Services.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.