Playbook: 5 Steps for Building & Strengthening Students’ Networks
Julia Freeland Fisher & Mahnaz Charania; Clayton Christensen Institute
Opportunity sits at the cross-section of what you know and who you know, and that especially applies to today’s students. Networks drive healthy development and long-term well-being. Studies repeatedly demonstrate the value of networks in a students’ ability to build confidence, identity, and agency. In addition, networks are a critical ingredient to students’ access to career planning and growth.
Investing in networks is an equity imperative. Using this free, customizable roadmap, education leaders can take a systematic approach to equitably fostering positive and diverse relationships across their schools and programs.
This playbook was developed to help K–12 and postsecondary leadership and nonprofits that work with those institutions implement and adapt strategies, tools, and metrics that build and strengthen their students’ networks in support of their well-being and with the aim of expanding their postsecondary and career options.