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ERIC Number: ED497949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 71
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
Steps and Tools to Guide Planning and Implementation of a Comprehensive System to Address Barriers to Learning and Teaching
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
The data are clear: Too many students are not doing well in school. Too many are experiencing interfering barriers, most of which are not internal dysfunctions but are associated with neighborhood, family, school, and peer factors. If the situation is to change, schools must play a greater role in providing supports for students experiencing barriers to learning and teaching. At this time, most school improvement plans do not effectively focus on enhancing student outcomes by comprehensively addressing barriers to learning and teaching. For many students, such a focus is essential to (re)engaging them in classroom instruction and enabling classroom learning. And, the straight forward psychometric reality is that in schools where a large proportion of students encounter major barriers to learning, test score averages are unlikely to increase adequately until barriers are effectively addressed. So, it is time for schools to move forward in establishing the type of comprehensive system for addressing barriers to learning and teaching that can enable them to be more effective. (The following tools are included in this document: (1) For convenience of the user, the following tools from the toolkit are included in this document: (1) Mapping & Analyzing Learning Supports; (2) Learning Supports Resource Team; (3) Action Planning; (4) Infrastructure; (5) Job Descriptions; (6) Examples of General Task Activity for an Organization Facilitator/Change Agent; (7) Benchmark Checklist for Monitoring and Reviewing Progress; (8) Guidelines for Comprehensive Component to Address Barriers; and (9) Detailed Description of Tools in the Toolkit.)
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration (DHHS/PHS), Washington, DC. Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for Mental Health in Schools.