Dr. Terri Wright

what is school connectedness?

School Connectedness is the belief by students that adults and peers in the school care about their

learning as well as about them as individuals. Students who feel connected to their school are also

more likely to have better academic achievement, including higher grades and test scores, have

better school attendance, and stay in school longer. The ongoing engagement of families,

communities, and scholars help to create a caring and supportive environment suitable for school


The School Connectedness Program is part of the CCPS' efforts to foster School Connectedness, Build Resilience and Improve Student Behavior. The program has five critical features:

  • Dedicated Connection Time Sessions: The Connection Time Sessions are facilitated by the District's Behavior Intervention Specialists (BIS) to foster School Connectedness, Build Resilience and Improve Student Behavior. This effort creates an informal virtual platform to engage and connect with CCPS Scholars, build relationships, cultivate a strong sense of belonging, foster resilience and improve behavior. The session also provides a platform for scholars to connect with each other. During the Connection Time sessions, the students may engage in a wide range of activities on wellness, mindfulness, social skills/social emotional competencies, educational games, music, art, etc.

  • Parent Behavior Resource Toolkit and Targeted Parent Workshops on trending topics.

  • Teacher Behavior & Resources Toolkit and targeted Professional Development for teachers and ISS Facilitators designed to promote student engagement, supportive and a restorative learning environment.

  • An integral part of the School Connectedness Program is the Weekly SEL Classes facilitated by the District Behavior Intervention Specialists which is designed to keep students engaged and enhance positive behavior.

  • The CCPS CAB Challenge initiative creates a formalized structure to ensure that every CCPS scholar is connected to a Caring Adult in the Building (CAB) for continued personalized support and guidance.

The CAB Challenge Program is part of the District’s efforts to foster

school connectedness by establishing a formal structure that will ensure

that each scholar is connected to a Caring Adult in the Building (CAB).

School connectedness is the belief held by students that the adults and

peers in their schools care about their learning as well as about them as

individuals (Center for Disease Control- CDC). At the heart of school

connectedness is the healthy relationship developed

between staff and scholars.

Click the button below to access the CAB Challenge Rationale

dpi parent workshops

Communicating with Scholar's Teacher (1).pdf

Communicating with scholars teacher

“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said.”

_DPI_Parent Workshop- Discovering Your Child's Love Language (1).pdf

discovering your child's love language

You may truly love your child, but unless she feels it—unless you speak the love language that communicates to her your love—she will not feel loved.”

Using Positive Behavior Support in the Home - DPI Parent Workshop.pptx.pdf

using postitve supports at home

“If we don’t shape our kids, they will be shaped by outside forces that don’t care what shape our kids are in.”


Virtual Classroom Management Teacher PD 21-22.pdf

virtual classroom management

FINAL 1.3.2022 - Integrating Restorative, Trauma-Informed and Positive Discipline Practices to Propel your PBIS Framework (1).pdf

intergratng restorative practices