New Study: Community Schools Forward: Technical Assistance Needs Assessment

Posted by Brookings on August 23, 2022

A new study from the Brookings Institute looks at the community school strategy in the wake of the interruption and harm caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To discover community schools’ technical assistance needs and assets, a 30- to 60- minute interview session was conducted among 28 individuals, including “seven district leaders, three technical assistance providers, two researchers, five FSCS project managers, and seven community school coordinators.”

Challenges that participants identified in the report included staffing shortages and absences due to COVID-19 and barriers to equity; suggested solutions include leveraging continuous improvement for collaborative problem-solving. The research found that tackling the challenges requires a collaborative effort between leadership and community school technical assistance providers, and offers steps providers should prioritize to develop strong community schools, such as sustainability and asset-based thinking.

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