National Initiative Offers Holistic Youth Support During Virtual Back-to-school Season
Dozens of groups have banded together to simplify the transition
Responding to growing concerns about the welfare of children—especially the most vulnerable—AASA, the School Superintendents Association, has joined forces with the Forum for Youth Investment, the National Urban League, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and more than 30 other national education and youth development organizations on an initiative to support kids in a year when “back to school” looks very different.
The “Build Forward Together” project seeks to coordinate strategies and best practices for a holistic approach to support students, school district leaders, principals, teachers, and families as they work to both maintain normalcy and rebuild in the wake of the pandemic.
“These things can only be accomplished when working together. All the systems, organizations, and adults that serve children must align resources, strategies, and services to ensure that children aren’t falling through the cracks,” said Bryan Joffe, AASA’s project director.
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