Leadership for More Equitable Schools through Service Integration

Authored by: Mavis G. Sanders , Jennifer S. Hembrick-Roberts

Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Equity and Diversity

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415657457
eBook ISBN: 9780203076934
Adobe ISBN: 9781135128432


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The development of integrated services in schools is part of a broader focus on school, family, and community partnerships. The premise of such partnerships is that collaboration across the multiple contexts that influence a child's learning and development generates positive and enduring outcomes for the child as well as the larger society (Bronfenbrenner, 1979; Dewey, 1915/1980; Epstein, 2010). Integrated services in schools is a collaborative effort to remove barriers to students' learning and healthy development through the coordinated delivery of vital health, mental health, extended learning, and other social services. In this chapter, we provide an in depth definition of integrated services and describe rationales for and challenges to its implementation. We also discuss the role of principals in creating the organizational structures, processes, and conditions necessary for the effective implementation of service integration programs. Lastly, we identify areas for future research to extend the practice and improve the outcomes of service integration for students and families placed at risk.

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