Professional Development Institutes: Behavior Management Institute and Trauma-sensitive Practices Institute
The objective of the Behavior Management Institute and the Trauma-sensitive Practices Institute is to provide professional development opportunities to build the knowledge base and capacity of Idaho Out-of-School providers to effectively create positive climates and cultures and to respond appropriately and effectively to student behavior.
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) – STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program: Idaho Safe Schools, Safe Students
The goal of Idaho Safe Schools, Safe Students is to improve safety and reduce violent crimes in K-12 schools. The focus of the proposed project is to build the knowledge base and capacity of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in the areas of creating safe schools, improving school climate, cultures, and mental health supports, and sustaining these efforts. This will be accomplished through the delivery of evidence-based professional development trainings and on-site technical assistance in three rural Idaho school districts.
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) - Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education (AWARE) Project State Agency Grant: ID-AWARE Project
The goal of the Idaho SDE’s project, ID-AWARE Project, is to leverage resources to create an effective infrastructure and to build capacity at the State Education Agency (SEA) and Local Education Agency (LEA) level to create sustainable systems to effectively support the mental health needs of all Idaho students. This project will focus on three Idaho rural LEAs which have demonstrated a need for improvement in the area of mental health supports, paralleled with a high level of readiness to participate in the project.
Virtual Learning Series: Interconnected System’s Framework (ISF): Connecting the Dots of School Mental Health
Interconnected System’s Framework (ISF): Connecting the Dots of School Mental Health is designed to increase the knowledge base and capacity of school mental health providers in the areas of Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF). The long term goal of this training series is to create an overall framework that integrates mental health providers, school staff, families, and other community partners into a single system to best support students mental health needs.
Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education - Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) Grant: Equity Leadership in High Need Schools: Building High Quality Effective Instructional Leaders to Improve Student Outcomes
The University of Kansas SWIFT Education Center is partnering with three high need school districts to implement an Equity Leadership Professional Leadership Series based on a promising practice. The learning series focuses on developing and enhancing the skills of district administrative leaders and school principals while also laying the foundation for installation of multi-tiered system of support to improve student outcomes in each of their respective schools. The goal is to develop these new Equity Leaders, who will transform their school cultures and improve student outcomes; to create district capacity to sustain and develop future Equity Leaders; and to develop, expand and evaluate this professional learning model for national dissemination.
Three years ago, in 2018, Southside Elementary identified the priority of creating their own positive behavior framework through the implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. The leadership team was founded and soon after worked with staff to create their schoolwide expectations. Within the first year of implementation, with a focus on implementation fidelity, 100% of Southside students and staff could recall and perform the positive behaviors of being respectful, responsible, and always working to do their best. With a student body of nearly 650 students, and 74% of the students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, Southside’s behavior framework has created predictability, consistency and a positive and safe atmosphere for all students. Additional outcomes of Southside’s PBIS framework include: increased prosocial behaviors, decreased office discipline referrals, and stronger school to home connections.