The US’ Center for Disease Control and Prevention has produced an excellent strategy guide: School Connectedness: Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth (PDF).

Families, schools and communities all need to work together to create an environment that facilitates health and development of children and adults.

Outline of document

What is school connectedness?

  • Risk factors
  • Protective Factors
  • School Connectedness

Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth

  • What is School Connectedness?
  • How Was This Publication Developed?
  • Why is School Connectedness Important?
  • Adult Support
  • Commitment to Education
  • School Environment
  • How Can Schools Influence Factors That Increase School Connectedness?
  • Promoting School Connectedness – diagram included
  • Six Strategies to Promote School Connectedness

We are responsible for our schools. We need to use what research and experience have taught us to create schools where students feel connected. We want high schoolers who are convinced that the adults with whom they interact care about them as individuals and care about their learning. These schools must establish high standards, challenge all students to reach their potential, and provide the support students need to succeed.

Get more resources on school connectedness from the CDC.