Engaging Leaders to Create Healthy Schools and Students


  CIS Group Photo

At a Glance

AASA is collaborating with Communities In Schools (CIS) to design a targeted leadership strategy to increase demand for ISS; thus, creating healthier school environments and improved outcomes for our target audience, at-risk students, particularly those living in poverty and students of color. The CIS model of Integrated Student Supports (ISS) is based on school-based coordination of broad community resources to meet the mental, physical and emotional needs of the whole child.

CIS Meeting Work

Project Goals

  1.  Increase the understanding of school district and state superintendents of the power of comprehensive ISS to ameliorate the effects of poverty and social, health and economic inequalities that have negative consequences for school performance and lifelong implications for overall health, economic achievement, and incarceration.
  2.  Create favorable national, state and local policy environments for ISS by expanding the case for ISS among key education decision makers, including Chief State School Officers, governors, state secretaries of education, U.S. Department of Education senior staff, Members of Congress and congressional staff.

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State District Teams

We are working with four state teams comprised of the following 10 districts:


  • Harrisburg School District
  •  Central Dauphin School District
  • Northern York County School District


  • Highline School District
  • Tumwater School District
  • Pasco School District


  • Caddo Parish Public Schools
  • St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools


  • Clark County School District
  • Washoe County School District

Staff Contacts

Kayla Jackson, Project Director

Bryan Joffe, Project Director

 Updated June 2018