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1 Healthy Schools Leadership Institute
Developing Leaders for Healthy Schools

2 Statewide Center for Healthy Schools Priorities
Overview Statewide Center for Healthy Schools Priorities Provide, support, and foster leadership for school health programs Support and enhance health education efforts in schools Develop community support for school health programs

3 Overview Rationale National studies and reports document the need for coordination of school health programs (CSHP) Leadership from schools and communities is paramount for successful implementation of coordinated school health programs School health programs require the leadership of professionally prepared coordinators for a program to be stable, extensive and have relevance and meaning for students Leadership is required to link school health programs with student learning and school reform

4 The Need Kids can’t learn if they are: Many of today’s problems with
students are actually health related. Kids can’t learn if they are: Hungry Tired Hung over from alcohol and drugs Worried about violence

5 The Solution CSH is about Involving parents
Keeping kids healthy over time Supporting a student’s capacity to learn Imparting skills, knowledge and judgment to help kids make smart choices for life Reinforcing positive behaviors throughout the school day Making it clear that good health and learning go hand in hand

6 The Solution CSH is also about
Helping young people grow into healthy, productive adults Focusing on the physical and emotional well-being of kids K-12 Coordinating parents, schools, administrators, and communities as key partners

7 Coordinated School Health: The Opportunity
Every school day, 46 Million students attend more than 100,000 schools That’s big! That’s where the kids are! Parents, schools and communities can make positive contributions to the health and education of our nation

8 “Growing numbers of children come to school with health-related problems and engage in negative health behaviors that sap their motivation to learn, endanger their health, and threaten their future.” The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

9 “Schools have more influence on the lives of youth than any other social institution except the family, and provide a setting in which friendship networks develop, socialization occurs and norms that govern behavior are developed and reinforced.” Healthy People 2010

10 Benefits of a Coordinated Approach to School Health
People in different parts of the country report that the benefits of a coordinated approach include: Reduced school absenteeism Fewer behavior problems in the classroom Improved student performance

11 Benefits of a Coordinated Approach to School Health
Brings everyone together: Provides a forum for greater parental and/or community involvement Provides and opportunity for the school and other agencies to collaborate Brings staff together within the school Provides a program in which students in all areas can participate Doner & Schwartz (1998)

12 What is a Coordinated Approach to School Health (CSH)?

13 What is a Good School Health Program?
It includes eight defining components: Learning and adopting healthy behaviors Achieving lifelong physical fitness Encouraging healthful nutrition Enhancing school health services Creating positive learning environments Supporting social and emotional well-being Promoting faculty and staff wellness Connecting school, parents and community

14 Learning and Adopting Healthy Behaviors
Provides knowledge and skills to students through health education to: - Maintain and improve their health - Prevent disease - Avoid or reduce health risk behaviors Motivates students to adopt lifelong healthy habits and behaviors Focuses on key skills related to student learning: - Accessing information - Goal setting - Decision making - Communication - Stress management Improves academic achievement

15 Achieving Lifelong Physical Fitness
Provides knowledge and skills to students through physical education to: - Increase capacity for learning - Promote lifelong good physical health - Prevent premature death Promotes physical activity during recess, through after school recreation and through use of facilities for recreational programs Focuses on key skills related to student learning: - Develops self-management skills - Promotes positive attitudes - Encourages cooperation and teamwork - Reduces anxiety and stress Improves academic achievement

16 Encouraging Healthful Nutrition
Provides knowledge and skills to students through school nutrition services to: -Access nutritious foods that promote growth and development -Develop healthy eating habits for life -Prevent health problems Relates healthy eating to mental alertness and good physical health Focuses on key skills related to student learning: -Understanding good nutrition -Planning healthful eating -Evaluating nutrition information -Setting goals for healthy eating habits Improves academic achievement

17 Enhancing School Health Services
Provides knowledge and skills to students through school health services to: - Identify and minimize health risks - Prevent high-risk behaviors - Adopt good health habits - Promote lifelong healthy lifestyles Offers core health services such as: - Urgent and emergency care - Health promotion and risk prevention - Assistance with medication - Referral and other related services Focuses on key skills related to student learning: - Assessing health-risk behaviors - Learning prevention strategies - Accessing community health resources - Identifying healthy lifestyles

18 Creating Positive Learning Environments
Provides the social, emotional and physical school climate to support learning by: - Minimizing distractions - Minimizing physical, psychological and social hazards - Creating a climate where students and staff do their best work - Expecting that all students can succeed - Implementing supportive policies Promotes maximum opportunities for teaching and learning Focuses on key skills related to student learning: - Sets high expectations for success - Creates positive attitudes towards school - Develops meaningful social relationships Improves academic achievement

19 Supporting Social and Emotional Well-Being
Provides students with school counseling, psychological, and social services needed to: - Overcome barriers to learning - Prevent and address problems - Facilitate positive learning - Enhance healthy development Includes prevention and intervention services designed to support student success Focuses on key skills related to student learning: - Increases school attendance - Promotes healthy psychosocial development - Reduces dropout rates Improves academic achievement

20 Promoting Faculty and Staff Wellness
Provides school faculty and staff with: - Screening and early detection of health problems - Education and supportive activities to reduce risk factors - Organizational policies that promote a healthful and supportive work site - Health care, insurance and related health support activities Promotes physical, emotional and mental health of staff as a school priority Focuses on key skills related to student learning: - Establishes positive role models - Reinforces the importance of good health - Builds school morale Improves academic achievement

21 Connecting School, Parents and Community
Provides the partnerships of responsive and caring adults that: -Promote student and school success -Set high expectations for all students -Offer time, resources and expertise to support student growth and development Creates a supportive and nurturing home, school and community environment that lets students know that they are valued Focuses on key skills related to student learning: -Models positive social interactions and relationships -Builds student confidence and self esteem -Supports goals for student learning Improves academic achievement

22 Leadership Institute Program focus
Professional preparation for school health leaders and teams Leadership development Action planning for CSHP implementation Learning and networking

23 Leadership Institute Purpose
To develop leaders in school communities responsible for developing, advocating, and sustaining CSHP Implement action plans for CSHP implementation (eight component model) Increase the number of schools in New York with CSHP

24 Leadership Institute Design Select 6-8 participants
Work with leaders and teams One week institutes of in-depth leadership development and planning Two-day mid-year retreats

25 Leadership Institute Program outcomes
This project will incorporate a leadership component and demonstrate that investing in the development of school leaders for CSHP will result in sustained quality school health programs Upon completion of the 5 year program, participating school health leaders and teams will have advanced knowledge and skills and will:

26 Leadership Institute Outcomes for leaders
Build organizational capacity for school health programs Effectively advocate for school health programs Use assessment and evaluation strategies to identify program status Lead and motivate others responsible for school health promotion Manage coordination of school health programs

27 Leadership Institute Expectations of Healthy Schools
Leadership Institute Fellows/ Schools Commit to complete the five-year professional training program Implement a plan for CSHP Demonstrate leadership abilities Commit to support the candidate and team for five years

28 Program Benefits Experienced speakers and facilitators
Develop leadership skills Challenge current thinking Gain a national perspective Focus on learning

29 Program Benefits Year-round network of contacts
Focus on professional learning Broad range of topics and issues Expectation for local action Recognition for the district Safe time to explore new ideas Personal regeneration and inspiration

30 Feedback/reaction Think, write, share:
What was exciting about the program? What did you learn about the LP that you didn’t already know? What concerns do you have about the program? What questions still remain regarding the program? Identify the two greatest concerns or questions from the group

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