Peer Supports For All: A School-Wide Peer Supports Program to Promote Inclusion

This presentation will outline three phases of a school-wide peer supports program in three Missouri public high schools. The collaborative project aims to increase meaningful relationships and academic outcomes for all students with and without disabilities who participate. The project includes a required course for all students at the school, peer supports matching, and student leadership opportunities. Preliminary data will be shared.

Participants will:

  1. 1. Understand the steps taken in developing a school-wide peer supports program in a high school setting.
  2. 2. Understand the benefits and challenges of implementing a peer supports program.
  3. 3. Learn how to develop a collaborative school team that can lead and facilitate a peer supports program.
  4. 4. Be presented with past and current research on peer supports in a high school setting.

April Regester