The student support specialist fills a pivotal role as the single point of contact working inside the school coordinating and providing integrated student supports. They work with school leadership and staff to connect students and families with community resources that help to address both academic and nonacademic needs, allowing students to show up healthy, safe, and prepared to learn.
Through conversations with school leadership and review of school improvement plans, the CIS affiliate, student support specialists and program coordinators, and their school support team work to align goals that best meet the needs of the students, avoiding duplication and overlap of supports. When student support specialists provide supports, they collaborate with community partners and businesses to recruit volunteers for tutoring programs, build-up clothing closets with support from local businesses, or connect struggling families with much-needed medical attention and/or other services that help families overcome barriers to success.
We find that when we bring the right people to the table, we are able to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.