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The Partnership presented on School Connectedness

posted Feb 7, 2013, 10:16 AM by Maria Geueke
National Harbor, Maryland. February 4, 2013
Kara McLaughlin and Cate Woolner of the Gill Montague Community School Partnership presented Monday February 4th at the Ideas Fair of the 23rd National Leadership Forum sponsored by CADCA, the premier membership organization representing coalitions working to make their communities safe, healthy and free from substance use and abuse.

The Partnership presentation focused on School Connectedness: the super protective factor. In 2007, based on data from teen health surveys, The Partnership chose low commitment to school as one of the local risk factors correlating with underage drinking in the community.  Conversely, research documents that students are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and succeed academically when they feel connected to school. School connectedness is the belief by students that adults and peers in the school care about their learning as well as about them as individuals (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Since The Partnership began collaborating with GMRSD to implement and support changes that increase school connectedness such as Advisory, The Gay Straight Alliance, Peer Mediation, Community Service Learning and Social Marketing Campaigns, the Teen Health Surveys have revealed a steady increase in students' self-reported feelings of connection to school.