School Engagement

Mission Statement

The mission of the School Engagement Interest Group is to promote interchange about the application of community psychological practice, research, and theory to P-16 schools and other educational spaces in an effort to promote well-being, empowerment, equity, collaboration, action, and systems change.

Get involved! 

We welcome all folks that are interested in, or currently conducting, community-based work with schools to be involved in our Interest Group. Our goal is to increase collaboration, networks, and presence of school-based community engaged work and provide a space to share resources, troubleshoot, and learn from like-minded individuals. Here are a few ways you can be involved:

Join Our ListServe

Joining the School Engagement Interest Group allows you to be a part of communication among group members. If you you would like to join the group ListServe just email and request to be added to the group. Once you are a member, please feel free to use this space to share resources, pose group discussion or questions, and/or ask for support. (Please abide by the SCRA guidelines for ListServe discussion.)

Participate in Monthly Calls

The School Engagement Interest Group meets regularly (currently the the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM, EDT). In our meetings, we discuss emergent and relevant issues related to community psychology research and practice within schools. We encourage you to join the calls! Selected calls will be recorded and posted on this page. 

If you have any ideas for topics of discussion, guest speakers, or other ideas for these calls, please reach out to the co-chairs.  

Contact the Co-Chairs

Want to find out other ways to get involved or have ideas for the interest group?

Contact the current co-chairs: Sara Stacy and Jennifer Renick

Hosted Webinars & Zoom Chats

Using Secondary Data for School-Based Research

March 2022

The focus of this meeting was to host a collaborative discussion on using secondary data sources for school-based research, including information on existing datasets and lessons learned from experiences obtaining and using different sources. This session was led by Jennifer Gruber, Doctoral Candidate at Michigan State University.

See the accompanying Resource Guide for Using Secondary Dara for School-Based Research

View on the SCRA YouTube Channel: Secondary Data Research

Emerging Challenges that Occur as Community Psychologists Engage in Work with Schools 

October 2019

The focus of this meeting was to explore emerging challenges that occur as Community Psychologists engage in work with schools, including establishing entry, developing partnerships. This session was led by Dr. Mariah Kornbluh, Assistant Professor from the University of South Carolina.

View on the SCRA YouTube Channel: Emerging Challenges when working with Schools

Meeting Minutes: 2023