2017 Colorado Healthy Schools Summit

2017 Colorado Healthy Schools Summit
Friday, March 3, 2017
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sheraton Denver West Hotel
360 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, CO 80228



Morning Breakout Sessions

9:45-11 a.m.

Session 1 – Recess: PLAY ON!

Presenter: Sue Brittenham

Recess is an important part of the school day. It is a time when social and emotional learning occurs and academic achievement is enhanced. Learn strategies to encourage elementary and secondary students to self-direct activities and increase moderate to vigorous physical activity. Ideas to address the inherent challenges of recess will also be shared.

Session 2 – Smart Source: Inventory of School Health Policies & Practices to Improve Student Outcomes

Presenters: Andrea Pulskamp and Christine Williams

Smart Source is a school-level inventory that comprehensively measures the policies and practices that have the greatest impact on student health. The purpose of Smart Source is to streamline multiple school health tools in order to reduce the burden on schools, improve the quality of health policy and practice data, and increase the number of schools assessing their school health efforts in order to provide comparison data at the state, regional, and district levels. Smart Source was developed with input from hundreds of stakeholders across Colorado. The data can be used by schools, districts, funders, policy makers, public health professionals, researchers, and other partners to identify strengths and gaps in school health, promote best practices for addressing student health and safety, allocate resources to specific content areas and geographical locations, and inform programmatic and policy decisions at school, district, county, and state levels.

Session 3 – Looking at Equity Through a Social Emotional Lens

Presenter: Finessa Farrell

As we address educational equity, it is critical that we look at how individual students are positioned relative to opportunity.  This “situatedness,” combined with identity and experience, greatly inform how students see themselves in the world and visualize their future. To this end, the extent to which a student is emotionally healthy, socially accepted, emotionally intelligent, and resilient, matters a great deal to whether or not they can be successful in school and in life. It follows then, that if some students are chronically less able to feel socially and emotionally healthy, a persistent gap between students who do and students who do not could result and that this gap can be easily seen in both academic and behavioral terms. This session focuses on the effects of stress, trauma and adverse childhood experience on learning and the equity gap that can persist if we do not actively pursue strategies to reframe, redirect and mitigate this disadvantage.

Session 4 – Health, Wellness, and Academics: A Leadville School and Community Success Story

Presenters: Wendy Wyman and Kerri Quinlan

Lake County School District is a rural mountain district in a close-knit community that faces a number of social and economic obstacles to educational success. Through deep reflection on these obstacles and a willingness to take risks, Lake County Intermediate School won the Governor’s Platinum Award for Health and Wellness in its third year of health and wellness implementation. This success was made possible through advocates in the district, school, and the school level health and wellness committee being willing to look beyond the obstacles, exercise a growth mindset and by striving to “do what’s right for kids.” In this session you will hear one story of how health and wellness can complement a turnaround school district through maximizing partnerships, being open to new ideas and collaborations, and leveraging existing resources.

Session 5 – Colorado Department of Education Invests in Behavioral/Mental Health in Schools!

Presenter: Sarah Mathew

CDE has responded to the outcry from school districts across the state and has prioritized building infrastructure and capacity of schools and districts to address the mental health needs of their students. Come learn more about Colorado’s Project AWARE grant and the School Health Professional Grant program! We will highlight the learnings of two years with Project AWARE and SHPG, and hear about the successes and challenges that schools have faced in building their mental health teams and programs.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

12:45-2 p.m.

Session 1 – Unleash the Responsible Classroom: How Social-Emotional Learning Fits into Physical Education

Presenter: Chris Strater

This workshop will empower participants to explore the five core competencies of social emotional learning. Participants will experience activities, dialogue, and ideas on how to implement the competencies into their pedagogy, while supporting students as they develop a 21st century skillset. Participants will leave with resources that fit into Colorado’s physical education standard #3 – Social and Emotional Wellness.

Session 2 – Data into Action: Using Healthy Kids Colorado Data to Inform Health Equity

Presenters: Leo Kattari, Lorin Scott-Okerblom, Katherine Harvey, Samuel Ramos

In this presentation, attendees will learn about the Healthy Kids Colorado Survey and how to use this data to inform their work to advance health equity with all students. Attendees will then explore how to put this data into action through interactive activities that connect the dots between the numbers on the page and the real life experiences of young people.

Session 3 – Colorado Teachers Develop Integrated Nutrition Education for Elementary Classrooms

Presenter: Phyllis Reed

Colorado educators recognize the urgency to improve education around balanced nutrition and increased physical activity. So the necessity to develop instructional support for teachers has become a priority. This session will allow participants to analyze new integrated instructional units that can be used with other K-5 content areas. Additionally, participants will engage in an integrated learning experience that can be used as an instructional strategy with students as they explore nutrition skills and concepts, as they are blended with a physical education class.

Session 4 – Acronym Soup: Translating ESSA, LWP, and more for Health Champions

Presenter: Amy Dyett

In the last few years, a number of state and federal laws have impacted the education system as well as school health and wellness. This session provides an overview of the updated local wellness policy regulation from the 2010 Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act and the bipartisan federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965, which replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Join us as we highlight the provisions aimed directly at improving equity, physical health, mental health, and safety in our nation’s schools. These laws impact the district, building and classroom level and provide an invaluable opportunity to institutionalize school health. So, attend, learn, and get ahead of acronym soup!

Session 5 – Creating Tomorrow’s Wellness Leaders Today

Presenters: Lynn Zemanek and Wellness Committee Members

Merino schools utilize a student-led wellness committee to create a lifelong wellness culture for students, staff, and community. The students will explain what has worked at their school, some of the challenges and successes along the way and try to answer questions of how to involve students in the process.

Merino School’s mission statement, “Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today,” is illustrated by the school’s student-led wellness committee. Fifteen students representing grades nine through twelve strive to change the culture of their school and community to support lifelong wellness. Over the past seven years, they have focused on physical activity and nutrition as important components of academic learning success, and are now moving the focus to mental, emotional and social well-being. Merino Superintendent has said in reference to the wellness committee, “Find a group of students who want to do it and get out of their way.”



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