Hal Lawson

Leading researcher on school-family-community partnerships in the U.S. and abroad examines systems reform, child welfare and action learning

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Hal Lawson

School of Social Welfare
Department: Social Welfare

School-family-community partnerships; child welfare; interprofessional collaboration

Campus phone: 442-5355
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Hal Lawson specializes in university, school, family, and community partnerships. He examines how schools can access family, neighborhood, and community resources for learning and healthy development; and reciprocally, how schools contribute to strong families and vibrant, safe, and secure neighborhood communities. His work spans urban, rural and suburban communities.

Lawson has particularly focused on urban schools located in challenging neighborhood communities, and how these institutions often require complex change initiatives that connect school improvement with family support, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and community economic and social development.

His publications include Family-centered Policies and Practices: International Implications (2001); Innovative Practices With Vulnerable Children and Families (2000); and Expanding Partnerships for Vulnerable Children and Families (1996). Lawson's articles have appeared in journals such as Universities and Community Schools, The Journal of Teacher Education, Teacher Education Quarterly, The National Association of Secondary School Principals Bulletin, Quest, The Journal of Health and Social Policy, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Social Work in Education