George Lucas Educational Foundation

Networked Services: Creating a School That Meets All the Needs of All Children

Creating a full-service school.
Edutopia Team
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Technology can help coordinate educational and social services by reducing duplicate paperwork and ensuring that children don't fall through the cracks. That's the goal in Santa Rosa County, Florida, as school officials implement a 1990 state law permitting them to create "Full-Service Schools."

Using computer networks, the district's fifteen schools and local social service providers are building a common database. This allows agencies to share pertinent information about children they serve, from changes of address to awards and achievements. As a bonus, the networks link schools to the Internet and to each other. Ongoing technology training for teachers and paraprofessionals helps to ensure that full advantage is made of the technology.

Technology hasn't replaced the human touch in this county. Multidisciplinary teams meet regularly at schools to provide comprehensive case management to children and families. Integrated educational, health, and social services are offered at or near the school site.

In collaboration with the state, the county also offers a low-cost, sliding-scale health plan for children. Adults can go to schools for basic education, college courses, career assistance, and parenting and employment classes.

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h mohan's picture

dear friends, it is beyond means of the best schools to meet all the needs of each individual child; for reasons of multi cultural diversities,socio-economics and family's common and shared goals.howsoever,school psychologist can with consistent collaborative efforts between all the stakeholders deliver and mold the best quality adult through early interventions and counseling them. hope, you would agree that each family and each child in the family has unique kind of needsin aspirations from parents, community, teachers and the school administratoers. we believe that good standard schools in india have adopted yoga for the school children and it is successfully being followed, it takes care of children mental and emotional,health needs; and enable them to focus on self development and respective studies.
i would welcome your view point on the issues

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