Schools 360 is an integrated school model that reframes the primary role of the school to be focused on the healthy development of students with an equal focus on the academic, social, emotional, and physical. Schools 360 reimagines the school as a place where students are supported and nurtured as they develop the knowledge, skills, and habits to become caring, responsible, and productive adults. To accomplish this, FHI 360 helps schools to ensure that young people have access to a range of external supports while supporting their development of internal strengths and noncognitive factors that they can help them to be successful as they move from elmentary school, to middle school, to high school, postsecondary opportunities, and finally to work and career. The schools 360 framework combines best practice and research from school design and structure, pedagogy and instructional practice, and youth development, resiliency, and prevention. Working in partnership with schools, and cohorts of schools, FHI 360 develops and customize research-based supports to improve outcomes for ALL students. FHI 360’s role includes creating simple, yet effective systems and structures for supporting schools, networks, and school districts to:
- Operationalize early warning systems using the Indicators for Success, FHI 360’s dropout prevention framework that includes:
- data collection and identification of student support needs;
- creating a structure of tiered supports and interventions to ensure all students have what they need to be successful;
- matching students with supports and interventions;
- monitoring progress; and
- modifying school systems and structures.
- Provide technical assistance to build local capacity while supporting and accommodating targeted school needs. FHI 360’s work includes leadership development and support, the implementaiton of customized professional development, as well as sharing the tools and resources to support ongoing school improvement.
- Position the work within a larger context of positive youth development, ensuring that school structures, instruction, and school culture is developmentally appropriate, asset based, and equally supports the academic and the social emotional needs of students.
- Conduct real-time assessment of the outcomes and quality of interventions and services, and the degree to which youth have access to a wide range of developmental assets. This helps to ensure that young people are focused on developing and nurturing the building blocks of healthy development.
No organization is better situated to provide this kind of integrated human development solution that requires a partnering of schools, community based organizations, non-profits, health systems, and government agencies.
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender equality, youth, research and technology—creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated challenges. FHI 360 has main offices in Durham, NC, Washington, DC, and New York, NY. For over 30 years, FHI 360’s Department of School and Community Services has been dedicated to supporting pressing education needs and challenges, spanning the continuum of learning from early childhood to adulthood. Our programs are designed to foster partnerships and build capacity to improve teaching and learning, increase family involvement, expand access to education for students with disabilities, and enhance career and college readiness.