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Building A Full-Service School: A Step-by-Step Guide



Building A Full-Service School: A Step-by-Step Guide

Carol Calfee, Frank Wittwer, Mimi Meredith

ISBN: 978-0-787-94058-4 September 1998 Jossey-Bass 336 Pages


"No one who anticipates developing a full-service school shouldproceed without first studying this manual."
--Joy G. Dryfoos, author of Full-Service Schools

This how-to companion to Joy Dryfoos' Full-Service Schools is thefirst practical and comprehensive guide to establishingschool-based community health and social support services-such aspsychological counseling and drug prevention.

Full service (or integrated services) schools have emerged inresponse to the growing needs of children and families and thedwindling of dollars to support them. Based on the trials andtriumphs of an award-winning program, this indispensable guidecontains everything needed to create a full-service (orintegrated-service) school--from planning processes to fundingstrategies to service delivery. It shows schools and communityagencies how to develop workable joint agreements that accommodatea variety of programs and service delivery approaches. Valuableresources include needs assessment forms, intra-agency agreements,program evaluation tools, facilities criteria, funding sources,family service coordination plans, and disk filled with forms andtemplates. Building a Full-Service School has been reviewed andAndorsed by national leaders of the full-service movement.

Why Build a Full-Service School? Understanding How Full-ServiceSchools Work.

Draw a Blueprint for Collaboration: Planning and Decision Makingwith Stakeholders.

Pour a Foundation of Knowledge: Strategies for Assessing CommunityNeeds.

Finance the Construction: Identifying Funding Approaches andSources.

Frame the Funding Request: Writing Funding Proposals and EvaluationPlans.

Furnish the House: Sharing Information, Publicity, andTraining.



Appendix A. Matching Full-Service Goals and Services.

Appendix B. Job Description: Full-Service Schools ProgramManager.

Appendix C. Community Needs Assessment.

Appendix D. Demographic Survey.

Appendix E. Full-Service School Facilities.

Appendix F. Community Interaction Survey.

Appendix G. Funding Sources.

Appendix H. Program Evaluation.

Appendix I. Characteristics of an Effective Evaluation Plan.

Appendix J. Sharing Information.

Appendix K. Interagency Agreements.

Appendix L. Family Services Program Tools.

Appendix M. Examples of Training Topics.
"No one who anticipates developing a full-service school shouldproceed without first studying this manual." --Joy G. Dryfoos,author of Full-Service Schools

"Building a Full-Service School documents the process ofestablishing a unique collaboration of more than twenty social andhealth agencies with a county school system. This consortium ofagencies used their inter-relationships to provide more and betterservices for children and their families. I am proud to say that Iwas personally involved with this project through service on theexecutive board for more than six years. The program servicescontinue to grow and are now available in every school in thatpilot county." --Morris L. Max, president, University of WestFlorida

"Anyone involved in establishing community partnerships to improvestudent outcomes should read this book. Building a Full-ServiceSchool will save practitioners and policy-makers time, money, andenergy. It is like having your own consultant at your fingertipsguiding you through a series of logical steps to forever change theway we look at communities and schools working together to supportstudents and families." --Marilyn Nagano Schlief, senior programofficer, National Foundation for the Improvement of Education

"This book is a 'must-read,' especially by educational and socialservice agency leaders who serve rural populations. The authorshave provided a step-by-step process for creating interagencypartnerships to provide a seamless network of educational, health,and other social services for at-risk children and their families."--William A. Clauss, director, Office for Rural Education, WesternCarolina University