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Support refers to the guidance provided by, the communication between, and the interest shown by adults to promote student progress in school. Student progress is facilitated when adults give frequent verbal support and praise; provide the youth with regular, explicit feedback; talk directly to youth about schoolwork and activities; and teach problem solving and negotiation skills. It is what adults do on an on-going basis to help youth learn and achieve.


Sandra L. Christenson, Ph.D, professor in College of Education and Human Development; and Cathryn Peterson, teacher with Armstrong High School, Robbinsdale, Minnesota

Revised by Kathleen A. Olson, program director in partnering for school success.

Reviewed in 2018

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