Access to opportunity depends on more than just education--social connections play a role, meaning students' social capital can't be overlooked

Are you measuring students’ social capital? You should be


Access to opportunity depends on more than just education--social connections play a role, meaning students' social capital can't be overlooked

It’s common knowledge that students have to have access to the right resources sand opportunities to follow their interests and excel in school and beyond–and key among those resources, although often-overlooked, is students’ social capital.

A new report from the Christensen Institute delves in to these complex–but increasingly important–issues surrounding students’ relationships.

Part of this importance lies in closing opportunity gaps. In fact, “building students’ social capital is an equity imperative for any system committed to closing opportunity gaps,” according to the report.

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In The Missing Metrics: Emerging practices for measuring students’ relationships and networks, authors Mahnaz Charania, Ph.D., a senior research fellow at the Christensen Institute, and Julia Freeland Fisher, director of education research at the Christensen Institute, describe students’ social capital as their “access to, and ability to mobilize, relationships that help them further their potential and their goals”–and students’ social capital is important because relationships give students access to resources and opportunity.

Laura Ascione

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