Ellayne Trevor, Program Assistant, firstname.lastname@example.org
With recent tragedies dominating our headlines, as well as our thoughts, it is increasingly apparent that our schools, and the communities who support them, must revisit the often ignored concept of developing a child who is not only academically proficient, but humanitarianly sound, and one who matures within a healthy school environment and supportive community.
CESA 8 has given great consideration to ensure that when the torch of leadership is passed to new generations, these new generations will be capable of academic quality, as well as social connectedness and kindness. University research studies, as well as leading independent research studies have borne out, that unless we encourage and support humanitarian development, it simply will not become ingrained into the fabric of these future communities’ leaders. With these ideas in mind we have spent the past 12 months creating a cost effective, holistic, and forward thinking resource for our districts, the CESA 8 Humanities Department (CESA 8-HD).
1. The CESA 8 Foundation, “CESA 8 Advocates, Inc.”: (officially recognized and registered in 2016 with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization). This IRS designation allows the CESA 8-HD to formally research and solicit private foundations, corporate giving programs, as well as state and federal grant programs on behalf of our contracting member districts. etter connect with leading research in the areas of rural sociology, and community organization. The CESA 8-HD will assist in identifying cost effective (through the CESA 8 Advocates. Inc.), key rural sensitive and specific research, personnel, and related resources to bridge gaps where gaps are believed to exist.
2. The CESA 8-HD Counselors Consortium: CESA 8-HD is Wisconsin’s oldest and largest schools consortium. This association has developed three award winning Pre-K through grade 12 public domain violence and ATOD prevention curriculum over its 27 year history. This consortium has received both national and state awards for excellence. A major goal for the 2016-2017 calendar will involve the improvement of Pre-K through grade 12 curriculum, and related teacher training resources for rural student mental health issues. Contracting districts will receive a minimum of seven “round table” training events (counselors consortium meeting), as well as inclusion in DPI, USED, and other key public and private grant applications submissions. These efforts will greatly assist in our collective efforts to improve student mental health programming.
3. Student Mental Health Curriculum; RURAL EDUCATION YIELDS ENGAGED SCHOOLS “R-EYES” Project: The REYES curriculum, and related improved Mental Health Identification Quality (MHIQ) project, will consist of four specific educational and interrelated components: Educator, Parent, Student, and Community. All four components will be designed to support and enhance the newly developing REYES curriculum. The REYES curriculum will be supported in its early development through an education and community professional partnership consisting of the following membership: CESA 8, and its contracting public school districts, National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI-Wisconsin), Viterbo University and (possibly) Saint Norbert College. We anticipate additional professional support from the Brand New Day Academy of Northeast Wisconsin, as well as from mental health providers located within the 135 communities that comprise the CESA 8 region.
The health and safety of a child is one of the primary concerns of a family. Schools across the state recognize the important role they play in providing a student with a healthy and safe environment for learning. As the role of the school continues to evolve, new challenges must be met to continue the important task of keeping students safe.
The topics in this section highlight some of the ongoing efforts to support student health and safety including: