Eradicate Inequities by Prioritizing Community–School Partnerships

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 6,7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. become ready to map out and prioritize their use of resources, make strategic plans, and highlight various sources of funding; as demonstrated by identifying the techniques necessary for implementing this work, as outlined by the NASP Practice Model, Domain 9: Research and Evidence-Based Practice.
  2. gain practical strategies to apply research through use of handouts, surveys, and discussion.
  3. enhance their understanding on the concept of community–school partnerships' role in eradicating inequity, as demonstrated by identifying ways in which community partnering can eliminate barriers in students’ development in their community, as outlined by the NASP Practice Model, Domain 6: Services to Promote Safe and Supportive Schools.
  4. evaluate their current community engagement, identify structural and personal barriers, and formulate measurable goals for their school, consistent with the NASP Practice Model, Domain 7: Family, School, and Community Collaboration.


The foundation for creating equitable systems requires prioritizing strong community–school partnerships through universal wraparound efforts that connect students, families, and educators to critical community-based agencies, programs, and resources. Schools and school psychologists are uniquely situated to serve as community hubs and community liaisons, respectively, to promote such linkages. Practitioners will learn strategies to overcome common structural and personal barriers, and highlight an agenda of next steps to build such partnerships.



Bryanna Fatigate, Denver Public Schools


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