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A student’s ability to succeed in life depends on many societal and structural factors—from socioeconomic status to housing to access to healthcare.

Now is the time to draw from research and past experiences to inform an action-oriented conversation across systems and sectors. By deliberately discussing how to address these factors, we can work together to improve outcomes for America’s children.

Despite the increased understanding that the building blocks for academic success, health, development, and overall wellbeing are interdependent, there continues to be a general tendency toward compartmentalized and uncoordinated strategies in American public education that exacerbates existing inequities within our schools.