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 enhance Social-Emotional and Academic Development (SEAD); 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 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 Goal

 Increase the understanding of school district and state superintendents of the power of SEAD and 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.

CIS Meeting Work 2

State District Teams

We are working with three state teams comprised of the following 8 districts:


  • ABC Unified School District
  • Alhambra Unified School District
  • Val Verde Unified School District


  • Douglas County School District
  • Jeffco Public Schools


  • Bridgeport Public Schools
  • Hartford Public Schools
  • New Haven Public Schools

 Staff Contacts

 Kayla Jackson, Project Director

 Bryan Joffe, Project Director

 Updated May 2019