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Student Support Services: Keys to Success in Public Schools

OnDemand Webinar (81 minutes)

Many students are not experiencing academic success due in part to many barriers both in the school as well as the community. Without a comprehensive approach to working with the students and their families and community stakeholders, those barriers will continue to exist and grow in complexity. Student support service professionals, which include: school social workers, psychologists, nurses, counselors, chemical health specialists, provide a systemic approach to addressing the myriad of stressors that impact our students in the classroom and those they encounter in the community. Through addressing these barriers in a comprehensive manner, these school-based professionals are able to connect students and/or their caregivers with community resources, school resources and answer the questions that may be getting in the way of the progress needed for the student to have some success in school. Until children are looked at in a systemic manner where their entire story is considered: as a member of a school, family, neighborhood, community, racial or ethnic group, then school will continue to be a place where their successes are limited. This OnDemand Webinar will give you suggestions and ideas of how to think outside of the box to meet the needs of kids and families where they are and get them moving towards academic and social success.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to identify student support service professionals and their connection to academic achievement.
  • You will be able to discuss student support service professionals as partners in the building school community.
  • You will be able to review tier 1 interventions and supports.


Heather E. Alden-Pope, St. Paul Public Schools


Student Support Service Professionals and Their Connection to Academic Achievement

• Expertise in Mental Health - Helping Students Live With and Manage Their Mental Health While Attaining Educational Success

• Ability to Support General Education Classroom Through Teaching of Specific School Success Skills: Organizational Skills, Strategies to Focus on Tasks With Distractions and Being Able to Prioritize Expectations

• Teaching Kids Self-Advocacy Skills to Support Their Learning and Teaching Them to Take Responsibility for Their Education

• Skills in Connecting Families to Medical Assistance, Accessing Community Resources and Addressing Attendance

• Professionals Skilled in Addressing Outside Factors (Home, Community, Mental Health, Violence, Abuse, Chemical Use, Adjudication, Gangs, Pregnancy, etc.) That Find Their Ways Into the School Building and Can Be Barriers to Learning

Student Support Service Professionals as Partners in the Building School Community

• The Ability to Connect With Parents and Caregivers Both in the School and Community to Help Them Partner With the School and Community Resources

• Use of Empowerment Model to Have Parents Bring Their Voices to School and Advocate for Their Children's Learning and Engage in the Educational Program With Their Child(ren)

• Serve as a Broker Between Teacher and Parent/Caregiver so That Students See That All Parts of Their World (Home and School) Are Interconnected, Working Together to Support Their Success

Student Support Service Professionals Can Assist With All Aspects of the Response to Intervention Model Through Their Work in the School

• Tier 1 Interventions and Supports: School-Wide Programming and Systemic Approaches to Student's Expected Behaviors

• Tier 2 Interventions and Supports: Specialized Groups and Targeted Services to Students Who Are Presenting With an Increased Need for Support

• Tier 3 Interventions and Supports: Individualized Interventions With Specific Students and Families That Need Both School and Community Supports to Have Increased School Success