Maximizing the Interview

Innovations
CZ

Crisis Intervention Through Schools

Background 

It is well documented that a significant percentage of children that present to urban Title 1  California schools, and other local Elementary Schools have face difficult social challenges.   Many experience some type of homelessness, difficulty securing basics like food and clothing, difficulty accessing medical care, have suffered trauma or have challenges arranging transportation to school and accessing school supplies school supplies, all known barriers to a child’s ability to achieve academic success.  However, there is no standardized comprehensive tool at this time to quickly assess which children and/or their families suffer these challenges and no institutionalized digital tool to offer immediate referrals and resources to either students or their parents.  This is unfortunate as there is good evidence to suggest that rapid interventions can improve the chance of a child succeeding.  This is also an important time to have this conversation given recent concern that school districts such as San Francisco School District United might be negligent in assessing the  housing status of their students.  It is also important given the number of immigrant children presenting to California school systems having fled poverty, violence, food insecurity and school disruption.  Many of these children are from Central America and many may have experienced detention and family disruption and will require services if they are to succeed.

The Problem

It is well documented that a significant percentage of children that present to urban Title 1 schools in California, face many challenges. Families experience some type of homelessness, difficulty securing basics like food and clothing, accessing medical care, or have suffered trauma, all known barriers to a child’s ability to achieve academic success.  However, there is no standardized comprehensive tool at this time to quickly assess which children and/or their families suffer these challenges and no institutionalized digital tool to offer immediate referrals and resources to either students or their parents.  

The Solution 

InnovationsCZ designs surveys to serve problematic and marginalized hard-to-reach populations like those found at urban Title 1 schools.  We will develop a comprehensive digital application that: Surveys families to their challenges at the time of an initial school intake interview, and Immediately connects children and families to necessary referral services.  This digital application will be used by teachers, administration, parent student coordinators and other school personnel who may be performing the initial  interview.   

Methodology 

We will design and pilot a digital application at two Title 1 elementary school sites. Using a human centered design process, we will work with key stakeholders – teachers, school support staff, governmental and non-governmental support agencies, and families – to develop a prototype survey. The survey will be piloted at school sites to connect families and children in need to much needed resources.“Because all students should have access to resources and supports they need to learn and grow.”

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