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Welcome to Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas!
Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. Communities In Schools of the Heart of Texas (CIS-HOT) is a local affiliate that serves students in 21 schools in six school districts: Connally, La Vega, Marlin, Mexia, Waco, and West ISD. Our mission is to champion the connection of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. Learn more about us.
Experts Affirm Effectiveness of Communities In Schools Model
Integrated student services lead to better education outcomes.
A recent report from Child Trends, a national research nonprofit, affirms the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of integrated student supports (ISS) programs like Communities In Schools in improving education outcomes. These programs target both academic and non-academic barriers to achievement by identifying individual student needs and mobilizing community resources to meet them. Communities In Schools is the largest provider of ISS in the country, with a data-driven model that continues to prove effective in reducing dropout rates across the country. Key findings from Child Trends’ report, Integrated Student Supports: The Evidence, include:
- ISS programs increase math achievement and student attendance and lower dropout rates.
- Student-focused programs that address both academic and non-academic needs are more likely to be successful than ones that focus on single factors in isolation.
- ISS programs are cost-effective and yield a positive return on investment.
- High-quality implementation is key to the effectiveness of these programs.
By Taylor McKinney, LMSW Before beginning my first school year at Provident Heights Elementary last Fall, I had grand visions of how the school and community could engage families to feel welcome and invested in their school. Dreams of family events and community collaboration steered …