This topic area provides resources related to enhancing coordination and collaboration across child-serving agencies, programs, and communities at a variety of levels to improve educational and other outcomes for students who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk.
Coordination and Collaboration
Students who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk of dropping out of school are typically in need of a variety of different services—educational, mental health, substance abuse, and others. Frequently, these services are delivered through multiple State and local agencies and multiple providers. The availability and coordination of these services hinges upon the level of collaboration between these larger entities, practitioners, and families. The resources within this section aim to assist in promoting greater collaboration and communication so that children and youth receive the services they need without delay or redundancies, and teachers, administrators, practitioners, families, communities, and students can effectively coordinate efforts to assist them in attaining their educational goals and achieve positive long-term outcomes.
This guide discusses several practices and related strategies for effective leadership during times of change, including planning for and communicating change, uniting staff and partners, and sustaining change and continuous improvement.
This tip sheet aims to assist State and local justice and education agency administrators, including State Part D coordinators and the practitioners with whom they work, in creating strong working relationships that facilitate the development of high-quality education programs within juvenile justice settings.
This guide builds on the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform’s 2010 monograph, Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems, by highlighting three key practices that agencies can employ to achieve collaboration and providing concrete strategies for adopting the practices and overcoming common challenges.
This Center for Juvenile Justice Reform monograph was designed to provide a framework for jurisdictions to utilize in better serving youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The paper is intended to improve understanding of how to prevent youth from crossing over between systems and ensure that all youth who are served by both systems experience them in a manner that provides for the youth’s safety, well being, and permanence while ensuring public safety.
This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education provides basic information to help educators understand the juvenile court process and explains why the McKinney- Vento Homeless Assistance Act is a critical tool for juvenile justice agencies to help homeless youth they work with to enroll and succeed in school.