Serving one of the largest, and poorest, inner city school districts in the country, grant makers and service organizations have been helping children in Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) for years. In 2014, a diverse group of grant makers, government organizations, school personnel, and community groups started meeting to learn more about existing mental health programs, structures, and challenges in the schools. Still developing at the time of this study in spring 2015, the group has coalesced and grown under the umbrella term School Climate Network and, as of February 2016, is creating strategic plans and work groups to help improve City Schools’ climate. The story of the group’s formation and evolution provides valuable lessons in creating and organizing a coordinated team that is poised for action so that students can thrive.
The Center and Health Care in Schools, "Baltimore, MD: Creating a Coalition to Improve School Climate in Inner City Baltimore" (2017). Center for Health and Health Care in Schools. Paper 7.