Students' networks carry them beyond school and into the workforce--here's how to help them create strong connections

5 steps to build and strengthen students’ networks


Students' networks carry them beyond school and into the workforce--here's how to help them create strong connections

Building and strengthening students’ networks helps to support student well-being and expand their sense of future possible selves, according to researchers at the Clayton Christensen Institute who have released a new playbook with strategies to create strong student relationships.

The playbook offers five steps for building and strengthening students’ networks, and its recommendations and activities are guided by decades of research on the power of relationships; new, innovative designs; and emerging measures from the field. Using the five steps as a roadmap, education leaders can take a systematic approach to equitably fostering positive and diverse relationships across their schools and programs.

Building and supporting students’ networks helps students well beyond their school years. In fact, establishing these connections ensures that every student has access to a web of supportive relationships to help them get by, and helps them create an array of diverse connections to help them get ahead–more important than ever in today’s increasingly global society.

Laura Ascione

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