June 1, 2011
Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
The purpose of the Fostering School Connectedness Staff Development Program is to provide teachers and other school staff with an introduction to the concept of school connectedness. School connectedness is the belief held by students that adults and others in the school care about them; they care about the students’ learning as well as about them as individuals. The presence of caring relationships is increasingly recognized as a vital component of successful schools. When students feel connected to school, they are less likely to engage in a variety of risk behaviors, including tobacco use, alcohol and drug use, violence and gang involvement, and early sexual initiation; they are more likely to have higher grades and test scores, have better school attendance, and stay in school longer.