Many school districts try to address external obstacles to student learning by offering “wraparound services” in schools. These schools try to connect their students with outside groups that can help them deal with challenges from food insecurity to mental health issues.

In a new article, Michael McShane notes that “While integrated supports may help meet students’ physical and emotional needs, their ability to improve student learning remains unproven.”

McShane, director of national research at EdChoice, sits down with EdNext Editor-in-chief Marty West to discuss his article, “Supporting Students Outside the Classroom,” which will appear in the Summer 2019 issue of Education Next and is now available online.

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Last updated May 8, 2019