We are pleased to offer you this new publication, Putting the Pieces Together: Comprehensive School-Linked Strategies for Children and Families. This guidebook is the result of a collaborative partnership among the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Office of Educational Research and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education, and the Regional Educational Laboratory Network.
In developing this guidebook, the writers drew from the strength of this partnership to incorporate findings from educational research as well as the experiences of school staff and other practitioners who have worked on school-linked comprehensive strategies for children and families. The guidebook includes numerous brief examples from programs in schools and communities throughout America where diverse stakehold-ers have come together to create a system that enables children to come to school ready to learn every day.
The guidebook is primarily addressed to school leaders who want to expand their efforts to help children and families succeed. It illustrates how principals, teachers, and other members of a school staff can reach out to families and the community to build a system of strong support for the healthy development and learning of their children. At a time when schools are expected to do more than ever, it is important for them to forge strong partnerships with others in the community who share their concerns for the well-being and success of children.
We hope that Putting the Pieces Together helps you and your colleagues make a difference for the children and families in your community.
Sharon P. Robinson
Office of Educational Research and Improvement
Gerald N. Tirozzi
Office of Elementary and Secondary Education