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Effective Multiagency Coordination

By Elizabeth Cryan Photography with permission from Donnell-Kay Foundation at Rocky Mountain Prep school

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At any given moment, our nation’s social service agencies are caring for nearly 5 million children and youth. These kids show up in our schools while facing a host of challenges, including homelessness, foster care placement, incarceration, unmet mental and physical health needs, and other drivers of chronic instability. And many students are navigating several of these circumstances simultaneously. In addition to the immediate and obvious effects, traumatic life circumstances further destabilize students by fragmenting their education pathway. Lacking stability in school and a consistent education plan, students whose educations are significantly disrupted are more likely to achieve far below grade level, drop out of high school, be excluded from postsecondary and career training institutions, be unemployed or employed in insecure, low-skill, low-wage jobs, and enter (or return to) the criminal justice system.

As a mission-driven nonprofit, Bellwether combines its strategy and policy expertise to partner with public agencies at the state, county, and local level to improve both access to and quality of education programs for all young people who have experienced significant disruptions to their education pathways. As consultants, we support education agencies and their partners as they create plans to improve coherence within their systems, develop feasible financial plans to support care networks, and shift their organizational cultures toward greater integration. As policy analysts, we identify the statutory, administrative, and regulatory obstacles that inhibit the delivery of responsive services and rethink policy approaches that facilitate greater systems coordination.

The content below reflects our work on this issue:

Publications

July 9, 2018
Hailly T.N. Korman, Justin Trinidad
Far too often, individuals and organizations serving students who have experienced disruptions to their education operate in siloes. These agencies...
April 25, 2018
Kelly Robson, Hailly T.N. Korman
At any given moment in time, our nation’s social service agencies are caring for approximately 5 million children and youth. These children show up...
February 27, 2018
Jason Weeby
Human-centered design is an approach to creating solutions for problems and opportunities through a focus on the needs, contexts, behaviors, and...

Blog Posts

February 12, 2018
Hailly Korman
For the first time, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes new provisions explicitly aimed at supporting students attending...
January 22, 2018
Hailly Korman
In December of 2017, the United States Civil Rights Commission held a public briefing addressing the school-to-prison pipeline, paying...
January 11, 2018
Hailly Korman
There are nearly 2,600 schools across the country providing education to young people who are held in secure justice facilities. One of...