Building Family, School, and Community Connections for Greater Program Intensity

The Building Family, School, and Community Connections for Greater Program Intensity webinar focuses on using an ecological model to strengthen the interface between families, schools, and communities and maximize program outcomes. This session equips participants with research-based strategies they can apply to building critical interfaces to bolster program intensity and effectiveness.

This training is intended for parent and family life educators who want to learn how to apply an ecological model in order to strengthen the connections between families, schools and communities and maximize program outcomes. Susan Jakes and Karen DeBord, the authors of "The Interface of Family, School, and Community Factors for the Positive Development of Children and Youth," examine the implications of creating an interface between the ecological elements of family, school, and community on the developmental outcomes of children and youth. Their discussion draws on five empirical articles in the Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community in order to provide insight into the interaction of individual development, intelligence, and risk with contextual factors such as parent and teacher involvement, peer and family expectations, risk factors, relationships, and community. Madelyn Ridgeway provides a practical application of the ecological model showing how practitioners targeting interventions for vulnerable audiences can be guided by assessments of the child's developmental and risk profiles.

References & Resources: 

"The Interface of Family, School, and Community Factors for the Positive Development of Children and Youth," Vol. 38, Issue 2, 2010, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~db=all~content=g923826408~tab=toc

Author(s), Presenter(s): 
DeBord, K., Jakes, S., and Ridgeway, M.
Year published or updated: 
2010