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Smart Snacks in School - Fact Sheet for Administrators

Smart Snacks in Scho... Smart Snacks in School are nutrition standards required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This legislation mandated that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools except foods and beverages sold under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. These standards represent the minimum standards that local education agencies, school food authorities and schools must meet.

SHAPE America’s 2020-2021 School Reentry Considerations: K-12 Physical Education, Health Education, and Physical Activity

SHAPE America’s 2020... SHAPE America’s 2020-2021 School Reentry Considerations: K-12 Physical Education, Health Education, and Physical Activity provides schools with recommendations and school reentry considerations based on the guidance for schools provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as national recommendations for physical education, health education, recess, and classroom-based physical activity. These school reentry considerations are intended to guide administrators, staff, and teachers as they prepare an environment for safe and supportive instruction using one of three models of learning:
  • In-school instruction with physical distancing
  • Distance learning
  • Hybrid learning (defined as a combination of in-school instruction with physical distancing and distance learning)
Regardless of which model is followed, schools must offer physical education and health education as part of a well-rounded education for all students during COVID-19.

CDE Quality Indicator Tool for Serious Emotional Disabilities Programming

The CDE Serious Emot... The CDE Serious Emotional Disability Quality Indicators (QI) offer guidance to educators and administrators when developing, implementing, and evaluating quality programming and services for students with a Serious Emotional Disability (SED). The Quality Indicators cannot be interpreted as policy or regulation but as a tool designed to assist those who educate and provide services to students with an SED or those evaluating these programs. The Quality Indicators are built to provide baseline data which can be used to action plan and, in turn, monitor improvement of programming. Once the scores are entered for the Quality Indicators, a team can use the evaluation data and graph with the action plan rubric to guide their decision making.

Practice Makes Perfect! Developing Health Mastery Using the Health Skill Models

We’ve all heard the ... We’ve all heard the idiom “two birds, one stone.” Wouldn’t it be great to address both 21st Century skills and Health Education skills using consistent skill models in nearly all subject areas in all grade levels? This training will introduce newly developed skill models for goal setting, decision-making, and accessing information that align with Colorado’s Comprehensive Health Education Standards and support 21st Century Skills and Postsecondary Readiness Competencies. The skill models are essential for students in PK through high school and are an integral part of creating a positive climate and culture in your school. Participants will leave with tools and strategies to effectively teach and integrate these skills in all content areas and use in student support services. Participants will have an opportunity to explore how these skills models can be used in a school wide effort to build student mastery of these skills.

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model

The Whole School, Wh... The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model is the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's (ASCD) Whole Child approach, but takes a more specific health and wellbeing focus. The WSCC Model highlights the School Health Components which every school should have to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of their students, staff, and environment. The WSCC model combines and builds on elements of the traditional coordinated school health approach and the whole child framework by:
  • Responding to the call for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
  • Incorporating the components of a coordinated school health program around the tenets of a whole child approach to education.
  • Providing a framework to address the symbiotic relationship between learning and health.

SHAPE America- Reentry Resource Toolkits

Thanks to Clay Ellis... Thanks to Clay Ellis, SHAPE AMERICA Central Region Leadership team member, for sharing these resources with the community! You can find a guide for PE/Health, a Teaching Strategy Workbook, and an At Home Survey for students.

Substance Use Issue Brief

Substance use refers... Substance use refers to the consumption of alcohol or other drugs such as nicotine, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Students who use substances may either misuse and/or abuse them. In this Issue Brief, an overview of what substance use is and its effects, signs that a student may be involved in substance use, a brief discussion of what schools can do to address and mitigate the issue, as well as some programs and strategies to consider implementing in your school community. Produced in collaboration by Advancing IDEAS for Health and RMC Health with support from The Colorado Health Foundation.

Ideas 4 School Health Website - Informational Flyer

This flyer provides ... This flyer provides a short summary of information about the contents and highlights of the IDEAS for Health Website.

Carlos' Colorful Salsa (2nd Grade Nutrition Education Lesson)

This hands-on nutrit... This hands-on nutrition education lesson encourages students to eat a variety of vegetables every day. Students learn about farming, plants, and the cultural aspects of the Espanola Valley, and they make and eat a colorful salsa together with their classmates and teacher.

School Meals Marketing Social Media Toolkit

Partners of the Colo... Partners of the Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger have developed a free set of social media graphics and content to help with marketing school meals to a broader set of parents. The resources are free.

Uncharted- Podcast #2 By Two Colorado Educators

In this episode, I i... In this episode, I interview Aqua Stovall about her experiences of leading in education through post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans and the parallels we can all draw to the current COVID-19 pandemic. -Leading Schools/Kids Out of The Storm...

The Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

n 2014, researcher a... n 2014, researcher and family engagement expert Karen Mapp released a pioneering framework for how schools can productively and equitably engage parents in their children’s learning experiences. The framework, designed with the U.S. Department of Education and the Southwest Educational Development Lab, gave districts, states, schools, and community organizations new ideas and tools to make family engagement efforts more effective. This effort soon spurred transformative practices, and a second version of Mapp’s Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships was released. In this new version, the author coalesces her findings around a key element: trust.

Food Day Curriculum To Use in Schools During October (or anytime)

These lessons are de... These lessons are designed to be taught as part of Food Day events in your community, but they can be used at any time. Teaching these lessons, we believe, will be a rewarding experience for you and your students. Your students will be motivated to follow the Food Day Eating Goals of “Eat Real,” “Mostly Plants,” and “Not Too Much.” Your students will learn how to navigate through the food environment to find real food. And, you and your students will work together to become advocates who change the food environment and make it easier for everyone in your community to follow the Food Day Eating Goals. We encourage you to teach these five lessons during the week of October 24, or to make them fit into your curriculum sometime around that time. Imagine the impact we could have if schools across the country taught these lessons at the same time! Resource from The Food Day Team, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Using Common Household Items to Foster Play with Kids

Enjoy some fun and g... Enjoy some fun and games with common household items using this resource provided by Colorado Action for Healthy Kids. This resources shows how to utilize some imagination to bump up the fun and activity level of kids using what you already have at home.

Farm to School Curriculum

From the Colorado Fa... From the Colorado Farm to School Task Force, this excel spreadsheet is compilation of all the best FTS curriculum available in an easily searchable format. Need to identify school garden science curriculum for middle schoolers? Easy! Just click on the grade level and academic subject to automatically sort the resources in the spreadsheet. Note: LiveWell Colorado is now serving as the Farm to School Lead.

Farm to School Primer-Farm to School in Colorado

How do schools get m... How do schools get more farm product into their school meal programs? This tool provides an overview of farm to school efforts already underway in Colorado. This is a useful tool for a school or district taking steps to advance local procurement.

Qualifying for Provisional Programs in Colorado

A toolkit for Distri... A toolkit for Districts to increase their identified student percentage.

Signs of Abuse and Neglect Resources for Teachers

Information on what ... Information on what to look for, how to prepare a report, what to expect when reporting and the dos and don'ts of reporting.

Social Emotional Workshop Blog and Resources

Social Emotional Wor... Social Emotional Workshop is a subscription-based service that provides weekly emails with social, emotional, and behavioral intervention ideas, and exclusive access to The Toolbox, a growing library of bite-size counseling resources.

12 Games to Teach Social-Emotional Learning from Playworks

Playworks creates a ... Playworks creates a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Here are some of the games and activities our schools use to make recess fun for all students.

SEL Activities from Everyday Speech

Everyday Speech is p... Everyday Speech is providing users the ability to share interactive social skills games and materials with parents, 100% free, through July 1. Parents will have access to the same videos, worksheets, and games that are normally used in school. Teachers can create lists for parents to use and send the links home for the parents to access. Discounted pricing is now available for schools for a limited time..

SEL Activities from Centervention.com

Free Social Emotiona... Free Social Emotional Learning Activities from Centervention.com include lessons, activities, and printables in the following skill areas: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation. These resources are age-appropriate for elementary and middle school students and are typically used in a classroom or a small group setting. And in most cases, if materials are required for the activity, they are items that you already have in your classroom or office. Many of the activities and lesson plans include characters from Centervention's online social skills games. If you are using or plan to use the online games, these activities will reinforce the learning that occurs during gameplay.

Leader In Me-Family Resources (Social-Emotional Learning)

Over 3,800 resources... Over 3,800 resources can be found on Leader in Me Online! School staff members can access thousands of resources including lesson plans, videos, classroom materials, and on-demand professional development courses as part of their school membership.

Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management (BTAM): Best Practice Considerations for K–12 Schools

Behavioral threat as... Behavioral threat assessment and management (BTAM) is a fact-based, systematic process designed to identify, assess, and manage potentially dangerous or violent situations. School safety experts, law enforcement officials, and the United States Departments of Education, Justice, Secret Service, and Federal Bureau of Education (2017, 2018) have cited research indicating that before a student commits an act of violence on a school campus, warning signs are usually evident. Research and best practice guidelines provided by these entities also indicate a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to behavioral threat assessment and management can identify effective interventions and supports that mitigate a potential threat and help the person(s) toward a more positive pathway. This resource provides a summary of those best practices. From the National Association of School Psychologists

Staff Checklist Challenge

Have a bit of fun wi... Have a bit of fun with the entire staff at your school. Get into teams and have fun 'competing' against each other, towards a fitter and healthier lifestyle.

10 Essential Components of Local School Wellness Policy Checklist

This document outlin... This document outlines the ten required components of the local school wellness policy (LWP) as defined by the USDA final rule of 2016.

Model Local Wellness Policy

This “Basic” distric... This “Basic” district-level wellness policy template meets the minimum Federal standards for local school wellness policy implementation under the final rule of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program Bronze-level award criteria, and minimum best practice standards accepted in the education and public health fields.

Mental Health Tips While At Home, From Teens for Teens

Children’s Hospital ... Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Youth Action Board consists of 17 high school students from across the Denver metro area plus Fort Morgan. They are passionate advocates for youth mental wellness aiming to create more caring, connective, and supportive environments for themselves and their peers. In this challenging time, they have developed this tip sheet to support teens across Colorado.

The IDEAS 4 School Health Website - A website on Evidence Based Resources to help improve school health & academics

There is a significa... There is a significant amount of literature concerning policies, programs, and practices for comprehensive school health; however, there remained a need to curate the existing evidence-based strategies into a high quality and usable resource for researchers and practitioners. The creation of this website responded to this need. This site is the result of a 3-year process conducting systematic reviews on evidence-based practices for the ten WSCC component areas along with seeking and revising feedback from experts and practitioners. The purpose of this website is to provide school wellness practitioners and researchers an easy-to-access site where you can identify existing evidence-based practices and supporting material related to the ten WSCC component areas that apply to your needs related to improving health or academic performance in schools.

The IDEAS 4 School Health Website - A website on Evidence Based Resources to help improve school health & academics

There is a significa... There is a significant amount of literature concerning policies, programs, and practices for comprehensive school health; however, there remained a need to curate the existing evidence-based strategies into a high quality and usable resource for researchers and practitioners. The creation of this website responded to this need. This site is the result of a 3-year process conducting systematic reviews on evidence-based practices for the ten WSCC component areas along with seeking and revising feedback from experts and practitioners. The purpose of this website is to provide school wellness practitioners and researchers an easy-to-access site where you can identify existing evidence-based practices and supporting material related to the ten WSCC component areas that apply to your needs related to improving health or academic performance in schools.

Student and Family Engagement in School Meals

Stakeholder buy-in i... Stakeholder buy-in is essential for any successful project, as they are influential in implementation and sustainability. When students and family members have opportunities to provide both suggestions and feedback for school meals and other foods and beverages sold, served, and offered on school campus, schools are better equipped to support healthy and enjoyable eating. This resource provides ideas on how schools can gather student and family input on school meals, foods, and beverages. Schools that provide opportunities for both students and their families to weigh in on school foods and beverages can also meet an important criterion (NS-9) for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s National Healthy Schools Award and Family Engagement Distinction.

Celebrations that Support Child Health

Schools and aftersch... Schools and afterschool programs play an important role in helping students learn about healthy eating. School celebrations can reinforce messages about good nutrition and health when they include healthy foods and beverages and provide opportunities for kids to dance, play games, and engage in sports. This resource provides school communities with a step-by-step guide, non-food celebration ideas, and healthy snack and beverage ideas to ensure that students can enjoy healthy and fun celebrations.

Time to Eat - Brief

Do students in publi... Do students in public schools receive adequate time to for lunch? In this brief, produced by The Colorado's Children Campaign, learn about the link more about the important link between a lack of time to eat and childhood hunger.

Joint Use Agreements

Encouraging the use ... Encouraging the use of school playgrounds, gyms, workout centers, tracks and fields expands the opportunities for physical activity. Making facilities open and available to students, their families, and the community outside of school hours can be conducted as regular practice or through a formal, written joint or shared-use agreement.

Suicide Issue Brief

Suicide is the secon... Suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers in the United States. Often suicide occurs as a result of multiple stressors and health issues paired with feelings of hopelessness and despair. Mental health conditions, specifically anxiety, depression and substance use problems, increase an individual’s risk for suicide, especially when such conditions go undiagnosed and untreated. This Issue Brief includes an overview of suicidality and signs that a student may be at risk for attempting suicide, a brief discussion of what schools can do to address and prevent suicide, as well as some programs and strategies to consider implementing in your school community.

Comprehensive Health & Wellness Plan Template

This template was cr... This template was created as a guide to develop a comprehensive health and wellness plan to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model in a school or district. All prompts and structures included are optional, and are provided to encourage schools to be deliberate in their planning and implementation of evidence-based practices aligned with the WSCC model.

Comprehensive Health & Wellness Plan Template

This template was cr... This template was created as a guide to develop a comprehensive health and wellness plan to implement the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model in a school or district. All prompts and structures included are optional, and are provided to encourage schools to be deliberate in their planning and implementation of evidence-based practices aligned with the WSCC model.

AIMXL DIY Guide

This guide was creat... This guide was created using the principles of Assess, Identify, Make It Happen (AIM), a strategic planning process that has been shown to result in changes to school environments to promote student health. The purpose of this handbook is to provide a resource for developing a comprehensive health and wellness plan in the spirit of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. It includes outlines for each step in the AIM process and supplemental resources to support each step.

Tobacco-Free Schools Enforcement Strategies

Use of electronic ci... Use of electronic cigarettes continues to be a serious problem in Colorado and the nation. Resources are available to help address nicotine vaping, e-cigarette and other tobacco use among Colorado youth. E-cigarette use is not safe, especially for young people. Nicotine is highly addictive and can harm brain development. The U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams declared youth e-cigarette use an epidemic and encourages parents, teachers and lawmakers to take action. This resource provides specific strategies to address youth tobacco possession and use. Schools are encouraged to use a tiered approach with increasing the intensity of the response to repeated violations and to adapt strategies to meet school and community needs and concerns.

Call to Action

The Colorado Allianc... The Colorado Alliance for School Health has recently published a Call to Action. Its intent is to define school health services, elevate the importance of these services, outline opportunities for health and education to work together to meet the healthcare needs of every student, and identify actions we can take right now to improve the health of all Colorado youth. Impacting health where kids live, learn and play is an ambitious endeavor, and we can't do it alone. When we organized ourselves as an Alliance in 2016, we knew that this massive undertaking of systems-level work would be bold, upstream and extremely difficult; we are doing it anyway.

Ghosted

Ghosted is the story... Ghosted is the story of four students as they navigate a single day of high school. When one of the them experiences anxiety and visits the counselor’s office, circumstances lead the other characters to reveal hard truths about their personal lives. Presented as a professional performance followed by an interactive discussion. In addition, students will have a 60-minute workshop in their classrooms addressing suicide prevention. Students will receive a Ghosted Resource Card and teachers will receive a Teacher Guide designed to enhance the experience and provide additional support.
  • Target audience: Grades 9-12
  • Minimum size: 100-250 students
  • Preferred performance area: Gym
  • Duration: 40 minutes, plus 20 minutes for interactive discussion
  • Workshop: 60 minutes in the classrooms
  • Cost: Free to schools within Kaiser Permanente Colorado’s service area

Bullying Issue Brief

Bullying is unwanted... Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior which occurs in the context of a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior often includes a person or group of persons targeted based on their appearance, behavior, race, religion, social status, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Incidents of bullying are usually repeated over time. In this Issue Brief, an overview of what bullying is and its effects, signs that a student may be involved in bullying, a brief discussion of what schools can do to address and mitigate the issue, as well as some programs and strategies to consider implementing in your school community. Produced in collaboration by Advancing IDEAS for Health and RMC Health with support from The Colorado Health Foundation.

Opportunities to Increase Access and Participation in Colorado’s Federal Child Nutrition Programs

CDE, in collaboratio... CDE, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s evaluation branch, has completed a statewide needs assessment providing insight into the opportunities and barriers for increasing access to federal child nutrition programs.

Colorado School District Immunization Fact Sheets and Data Dashboard

Ensuring adequate va... Ensuring adequate vaccination coverage helps to protect the health of students, staff, and others in the community and helps to prevent absenteeism, exclusions, and other societal and economic costs. The Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition’s school district immunization fact sheets and dashboards provide local level data on childhood immunization coverage to help parents and medical, public health, and school health professionals understand the level of protection in their community and inform discussions around school immunization policy at the local level.

Healthy Schools Toolkit: Together for Healthy & Successful Schools

The Healthy Schools ... The Healthy Schools Toolkit is a new resource designed to help educators build healthy schools from the inside out to ensure all students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The Healthy Schools Toolkit is informed by research with two school districts in the St. Louis region to uncover how people, embedded in school systems and armed with the right messages, can make school health an actionable priority. One of the clear insights was this: there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the complex issues schools face. With this principle in mind, this toolkit was designed so that schools and districts can tailor it to meet their specific needs. The Healthy Schools Toolkit was developed by Health Equity Works, at Washington University in St. Louis.

Healthy Schools Toolkit: Together for Healthy & Successful Schools

The Healthy Schools ... The Healthy Schools Toolkit is a new resource designed to help educators build healthy schools from the inside out to ensure all students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The Healthy Schools Toolkit is informed by research with two school districts in the St. Louis region to uncover how people, embedded in school systems and armed with the right messages, can make school health an actionable priority. One of the clear insights was this: there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the complex issues schools face. With this principle in mind, this toolkit was designed so that schools and districts can tailor it to meet their specific needs. The Healthy Schools Toolkit was developed by Health Equity Works, at Washington University in St. Louis.

School Water Activation Toolkit & Resources

Are you interested i... Are you interested in improving student’s access to water throughout the school day? Schools play a vital role in the health of children. Access to safe and free drinking water provides kids a healthy alternative to sugary drinks such as juice, flavored milks, sports drinks and sodas. The Water Activation Toolkit and Resources are ready to help you take action to improve the health of your students! The Water Activation Toolkit and Resources can help schools:
  • Educate the school district, staff, and administration on the benefits of water access.
  • Support school policies and practices to encourage water activation (e.g. sample water access policy language and implementation tools).
  • Solicit support from surrounding businesses and organizations
  • Implement water activation activities and access resources (e.g. fundraising to purchase water filling stations).

School Water Activation Toolkit & Resources

Are you interested i... Are you interested in improving student’s access to water throughout the school day? Schools play a vital role in the health of children. Access to safe and free drinking water provides kids a healthy alternative to sugary drinks such as juice, flavored milks, sports drinks and sodas. The Water Activation Toolkit and Resources are ready to help you take action to improve the health of your students! The Water Activation Toolkit and Resources can help schools:
  • Educate the school district, staff, and administration on the benefits of water access.
  • Support school policies and practices to encourage water activation (e.g. sample water access policy language and implementation tools).
  • Solicit support from surrounding businesses and organizations
  • Implement water activation activities and access resources (e.g. fundraising to purchase water filling stations).

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - How to Talk to Children and Youth

It is important that... It is important that adults establish open communication with children and youth to ask about their emotions, their worries, and what gives them hope. Being able to talk about complex and challenging emotions is a way to build and strengthen resilience, coping skills, and connections to caring, trusted adults. Although it can be scary, normalizing these conversations and being empathetic listeners can be the most important first step we can take in preventing suicides among children and youth and in supporting good mental health. Spanish translation: Mental Health and Suicide Prevention - How to Talk to Children and Youth

Innovative Approaches in School Climate: Using Students as Agents of Change

Programs that focus ... Programs that focus on the whole student, building social and emotion skills, and addressing social, emotional health issues are the most promising in yielding positive social, emotional outcomes.  These programs empower students to change culture from within, which leads to the ownership and buy-in that can transform the culture of an entire school. This presentation promotes innovative and promising approaches in school climate by highlighting the work of Poudre High School in Fort Collins, CO and Rangeview High School in Aurora, CO.  These schools have empowered students to be change agents to shift the norms and culture of their schools, and have the results to prove it.  

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