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Introduction to Skills-Based Health Education: Daily Lesson Planning, Mastery, and Assessment

Maintain healthy behaviors, change unhealthy behaviors, and delay the onset of risky behaviors for all students. Research shows that to reach these goals, health teachers need to specifically teach health skills. Teachers will first have an opportunity to explore the new Colorado Health Standards (effective 2020) and the National Health… Read More

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model

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… Read More

SHAPE America- Reentry Resource Toolkits

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. Read More

Substance Use Issue Brief

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… Read More

Talking to Youth About Vaping-Center for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health

In collaboration with Tri-County, this webinar addresses youth vaping education and tobacco prevention strategies for schools and community partners to employ, in addition to conversation frames for parents/guardians. Uploaded with permission from the source. Find a Spanish version here: https://youtu.be/RKCu1gt6BS0. Read More

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

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… Read More

Ideas 4 School Health Website – Informational Flyer

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

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

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. Read More

Cultivating Kindness

Teachers will determine their own definition of kindness, explore the benefits of kindness in their personal lives and for their students, classrooms, and schools. Students will have the opportunity to practice and experience the benefits of kindness by exploring easy and free ways to incorporate kindness into everything they do. Read More

School Meals Marketing Social Media Toolkit

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. Read More

Uncharted- Podcast #2 By Two Colorado Educators

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…… Read More

The Dual Capacity Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships

This resource captures researcher and family engagement expert Karen Mapp’s findings around a key element in family-school partnerships: trust. In 2014, 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… Read More

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

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… Read More

Using Common Household Items to Foster Play with Kids

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. Read More

Farm to School Curriculum

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… Read More

Farm to School Primer-Farm to School in Colorado

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. Read More

Qualifying for Provisional Programs in Colorado

A toolkit for Districts to increase their identified student percentage. Read More

Signs of Abuse and Neglect Resources for Teachers

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

Mandatory Reporter Training – Child Welfare Training System

Learn about your responsibilities as a mandatory reporter of child abuse and neglect. This free training is designed to be flexible. How long it will take depends on your learning style. For planning, expect to spend about two hours to complete this training. Read More

Social Emotional Workshop Blog and Resources

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. Read More

12 Games to Teach Social-Emotional Learning from Playworks

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. Read More

SEL Activities from Everyday Speech

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… Read More

SEL Activities from Centervention.com

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… Read More

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

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. Read More

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

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… Read More

Staff Checklist Challenge

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. Read More

10 Essential Components of Local School Wellness Policy Checklist

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

Model Local Wellness Policy

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… Read More

Introduction to the Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool and Building a Health Ed Unit

This webinar is the second in a series of four webinars offered. This webinar will introduce CDCs Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) and its’ many uses in analyzing curriculum, revising curriculum and developing scope and sequences, units, lessons and assessments. Read More

Foundations of Health Education

This webinar is the first of a series of 4 that will will go over what we believe are the four foundational components of a skills-based health education program: Effective Practices in Health Education, Content Standards (like the National Health Education Standards), Data and Policies. Read More

Cooking Matters for Child Care Professionals: Choosing Healthy Food for Kids

Childcare providers play a crucial role in ensuring that children in their care get the nutrients they need to grow and be healthy. In this training, providers learn to make smart choices about the foods they serve to kids through hands-on nutrition-based activities. This 2-hour training for child care providers… Read More

Mental Health Tips While At Home, From Teens for Teens

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

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

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… Read More

Public Health in the Rockies: August 26-28, 2020

This conference is a gathering of individuals associated with public health from Colorado, Wyoming and surrounding states. Conference attendees will consist of a wide variety of participants from the public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as the medical, academic and community settings. The theme of the 2020 Public Health… Read More

Social and Emotional Development Workshops and Strategic Supports

The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) envisions a school system with embedded social and emotional development practices that ensure educators and their students have learning environments that are safe, trusting, and healthy. We do that by offering the following services: School and district strategic planning to build and implement a vision… Read More

Comprehensive Health & Wellness Plan Template

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… Read More

Comprehensive Health & Wellness Plan Template

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… Read More

Building School Immunity Webinar

Routine vaccinations protect children from 14 different life-threatening diseases before they even enter kindergarten. A fully immunized student body means fewer school days lost to exclusions and illness. Schools with high immunization rates can weather outbreaks, protecting the most vulnerable students who can’t be vaccinated. Schools with high immunization rates… Read More

Refugee and Immigrant School Health Immunization Training

In 2018, the Colorado Refugee and Immigrant Immunization Task Force identified a need to support schools in vaccinating refugee and immigrant students and delivered a survey to school health personnel to learn more about the challenges school nurses and health staff face in ensuring immigrant and refugee students meet school… Read More

Healthy Schools Toolkit: Together for Healthy & Successful 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… Read More

Healthy Schools Toolkit: Together for Healthy & Successful 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… Read More

School Water Activation Toolkit & Resources

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… Read More

School Water Activation Toolkit & Resources

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… Read More

Colorado Department of Education Professional Development Search Tool

The Colorado Department of Education’s comprehensive search tool for professional development opportunities features: A library of on-demand resources that are self-paced, including online learning modules, archived webinar recordings, and more. A schedule of upcoming opportunities, including events, in-person trainings, live webinars, and more. All opportunities span the education spectrum and… Read More

School Food Institute – Plant Forward

Protein is one of the five components required by the USDA in a reimbursable meal. This component is commonly filled by an animal protein like meat, dairy or eggs. However, plant proteins – such as beans, nuts and tofu – are often a healthier and more environmentally sustainable choice. In… Read More

School Food Institute – Sustainable Lunchrooms

Learn how to implement more sustainable practices in your school meal program! In Sustainable Lunchrooms, we will discuss tactics for limiting the environmental impact of food-service operations, through the lens of scratch cooking. Together we’ll address how to minimize food and packaging waste in both front and back of house,… Read More

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

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… Read More

Empowering Wellness: Manitou Springs School District 14 Video

Manitou Springs School District 14 is the 2017 Healthy School Champions recipient of the Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.  Manitou Springs is implementing school health into their systems, policies, structures, and culture.  They have a vision for putting health at the center of what they do, and a… Read More

Manhattan Middle School Allies Day Video

Manhattan Middle School in Boulder, CO, has worked diligently over the past five years to create an Allies Club that now has more than 100 student members. This group meets weekly to explore diversity as it relates to students’ lives. The Allies group brings attention to the ways that certain… Read More

A Way of Wellness: Fraser Valley Elementary Video

Fraser Valley Elementary School in Fraser, CO, is the 2018 Healthy School Champions recipient of the Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness.  Fraser Valley has embedded health as a core component of their mission, vision, policies, and instructional model.  They have a systematic approach with a shared leadership model… Read More

Buffalo School District: Engaging Youth as Leaders in School Wellness

Colorado’s Buffalo School District RE- 4J has truly empowered students to be leaders and agents of change. The district wellness committee is comprised of and led by 15 high school students, and those students have fostered incredible change for the school and community in regards to health and wellness.  The… Read More

Show Me the Money: Writing a Successful Grant Application

Successful grant writing is part art and part science. This webinar will provide specific tips and strategies for writing a fundable grant application including an emphasis on two areas that often cause an application not to be funded: the workplan and budget. Read More

Students as Change Agents: The Use of Student Perception Survey and Climate Data Webinar

Schools and districts throughout the country are beginning to use student perception surveys (SPSs) to gather data about how students are experiencing their schools, classrooms, and teachers.  Listen in as this webinar explains the work in Dolores School District as they engage their youth to explore their SPS data, climate,… Read More

Students as Change Agents: The Use of Student Perception Survey and Climate Data Facilitation Guide

Schools and districts throughout the country are beginning to use student perception surveys (SPSs) to gather data about how students are experiencing their schools, classrooms, and teachers. Dolores School District in Dolores, Colo., has taken the SPS to the next level by engaging their youth and using these data with… Read More

Paving the Way: Putting Wellness Policy into Action

Welcome to Part II of the Local Wellness Policy Webinar Series.  The Colorado Education Initiative and the Office of School Nutrition at the Colorado Department of Education partnered to help you update and implement your Local Wellness Policy (LWP) per adopted regulations that expanded the requirements in accordance with the… Read More

Paving the Way: Guidance on Updating Your Local Wellness Policy

Welcome to Part I of the Local Wellness Policy Webinar Series.  The Colorado Education Initiative and the Office of School Nutrition at the Colorado Department of Education partnered to help you update and implement your Local Wellness Policy (LWP) per adopted regulations that expanded the requirements in accordance with the… Read More

Honey, I Empowered the Youth: Creating Youth Advisory Councils Webinar

Engaging youth is a vital component to the success of any education or health endeavor. Students should be given the voice to co-create and partner with school and community leaders in the design and implementation of school health and wellness strategies. In this webinar, youth from wellness teams across the… Read More

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

This workshop will empower participants to explore the five core competencies of social emotional learning. During the day, participants will experience activities, dialogue, and ideas on how to implement the competencies into your pedagogy, while supporting students to develop a 21st century skill set. Participants will leave with resources that… Read More

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Part 3

Brain-based learning is not new – it’s natural.  Understanding the way your brain takes in information, focuses its attention, creates memories, and works are key in planning, designing, and teaching effectively for all learners. Participants will explore concepts related to brain integration, application of neuro-considered strategies, and the creation of… Read More

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Part 2

Get back onto the road of learning while considering the brain and how it operates, thinks, and processes information.  Take out your travel log from our Part 1 workshop or jump right in and join us as we travel and experience new “destinations” including neuroplasticity, learning to learn, mindfulness, using… Read More

Teaching With the Brain in Mind Part 1

This training workshop will focus on design, methods, and the creation of an environment that naturally enhances student learning. You will experience a variety of principles and strategies while discovering more about our brains. We will demonstrate techniques that apply brain-based learning modalities in education which assist the learning processes… Read More

Integrating Physical Activity Into the School Day

This workshop is designed for classroom teachers, physical educators, specialists, and administrators that are interested in integrating physical activity in the school setting. Evidence-based research will be presented on the positive impact of physical activity on academic performance, behavior, and overall health and wellness. Participants will learn a step-by-step process… Read More

The Lunch Box- Lunchroom Education: Rainbow Days

Check out this webpage from The Lunch Box with lunchroom education resources. On a Rainbow Day, students are asked to use fruits and vegetables from the salad bar to create a “rainbow” of at least three colors on their tray. Once they have finished eating their creations, they’ll receive a… Read More

Tools for Integrating an Equity Lens

Every planning process has “choice points” – those places where decisions made will either increase or decrease equity. But how does one identify those choice points? How does one use those choice points to turn equity from a value to action? This toolkit is designed for groups who tackle complex… Read More

School Mental Health Toolkit

The School Mental Health Toolkit is a blueprint for school mental health services and will guide community members, schools, local leaders, and districts through 10 best practices, including strategies for implementing, funding, and sustaining mental health services in schools. The toolkit will help you make the case for schools to implement… Read More

Engaging Youth as Partners in Creating Healthy, Safe, and Welcoming Schools

Youth engagement is a critical component in creating a supportive environment for social and emotional wellness and academic growth for students. Youth engagement is a powerful approach to improving policies, programs, and practices related to youth. Meaningful youth engagement occurs when young people are involved in responsible, challenging actions to… Read More

Laughaceuticals

Laughaceuticals is an interactive workshop where ADULT participants engage in improvisational theatre techniques and exercises to have fun, laugh, and play. Throughout the workshop, ideas and statistics supported by evidenced-based research are provided and discussed to raise awareness about the importance of laughter for our well-being. Laughaceuticals is an effective… Read More

Smart Guide: Family Engagement

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Family Engagement Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support Family Engagement, examples of administrator support and student engagement, and sample action… Read More

Nutrition Environment and Services: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the Nutrition Environment and Services WSCC component as found in the Menu… Read More

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative –
Menu of Services

The LiveWell@School Food Initiative is pleased to offer customized trainings and workshops for school districts, utilizing a combination of training modules. Read More

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative – Menu of Services

The LiveWell@School Food Initiative is pleased to offer customized trainings and workshops for school districts, utilizing a combination of training modules. Read More

Creating Youth Advisory Councils

The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI), Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Buffalo School District RE-4J, and Jeffco Public Schools partnered to create a “how to guide” for schools and school districts wanting to engage youth voice and create youth wellness teams at the elementary or secondary level. This resource highlights lessons learned, success… Read More

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)

This is a technical assistance document on developing behavior intervention plans based on a functional behavioral assessment from the CDE’s Exceptional Student Services Unit. A functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is a process for gathering information about behaviors of concern, whether the behaviors are academic, social, or emotional. A behavior intervention plan… Read More

Evidence-Based Practice Guide

When school health efforts are supported by evidence-based practices (EBPs), they’re better able to produce successful outcomes for students and school communities. Schools and district can use this guide to identify evidence-based practices and describe why using such practices in schools will help every student succeed. Read More

Introduction to WSCC Menus of Evidence-based Practices

This document overviews how to use the Menus of Evidence-Based Practices, based on the 10 components of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. The Menus are resources for school and district educational professionals to utilize in the planning process for creating a comprehensive health improvement plan. Read More

Community Involvement: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Community Involvement component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Colorado Retail Marijuana Education and Prevention Resource Guide

This guide provides tools for retail marijuana education and prevention efforts. It is an overview of education and prevention programs and research, links to fact sheets, talking points, campaign materials, webinars and trainings, activities, and case studies from Colorado organizations. The guide is recommended for community-based organizations, government agencies, youth-serving… Read More

A School Without Hate – PEACE Checklist

The Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC), Kaiser’s Arts Integrated Resources, and Day Without Hate have fostered a positive culture and climate in schools by using the PEACE Checklist. Schools in Jeffco have been able to earn the title of being “A School Without Hate” in April of each year… Read More

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Healthy Schools Program

Is your school ready to join the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools Program? This link will take you to a sign-in page where you will have access to free guidance, tools, and resources to implement healthy policies and practices that improve student performance, attendance, and behavior. After signing-in, you… Read More

Highly Effective Teaching in K-12 Physical Education: Putting All the Pieces Together

The new teacher evaluation can seem like a puzzle.  However, putting the pieces together seems far less daunting when you work on it together.  In this workshop we will sort through the quality standards to see how they fit into Physical Education and Health authentically. Each standard: content and pedagogy,… Read More

UNC Tap Talks

This is a quarterly event with faculty from the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Sport and Exercise Science where community stakeholders can informally discuss their ideas surrounding schools as centers for active learning. Read More

UNC Summer PAL Academy

The Summer Physical Activity Leadership (PAL) Academy, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Active Schools Lab, is an annual professional learning conference consisting of presentations and discussion facilitated by both practitioners and researchers on topics relating to school health and wellness. Previous conference themes have included “Physical Inactivity… Read More

Trauma Responsive Care for Educators Training

The Cross-Systems Training Institute (CSTI) offers classes to incorporate trauma-informed care principles and practices. This training is for educations and provides the following: – Increase understanding of the traumatic response and the impact on brain development – Learn ways to support traumatized children at school, both individually and to create… Read More

System Accelerator – Collaborative Processes for Critical Problem Solving in School Communities

Think outside the box! This training will use design thinking tools and facilitation techniques to develop strategic school community partnerships for generating and testing innovations. You will learn how to gather data, create school buy-in, and design wellness programs that can accommodate different school needs. The goal of this training… Read More

School Food Institute – School Food 101

The School Food Institute gives school food service professionals and childhood nutrition advocates the in-depth training, operational skills, and strategic vision necessary to make school food fresh, healthy, and sustainable. Our engaging online courses give you a front row seat in Chef Ann Cooper’s classroom. “School Food 101” provides the… Read More

Safe Routes to School Community Coalition Building

This training is based on the Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Community Coalition Building Toolkit from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and is personalized to your community’s needs. The trainer will take you through the eight steps to building a strong and sustainable SRTS program while incorporating concepts… Read More

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Colorado is available to help interested parties coordinate a training for their audience. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) offer several curricula including adult, youth, Spanish speaking, public safety, higher education, EMT, and more. Please contact MHFA-CO or visit our website to find a class or get… Read More

Social Emotional Climate: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Social Emotional Climate component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Physical Environment: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Physical Environment component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Physical Education and Physical Activity: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Physical Education & Physical Activity component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Nutrition Environment and Services: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Nutrition Environment & Services component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

School-based Health Services: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Health Services component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Health Education: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Health Education component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Family Engagement: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Family Engagement component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Employee Wellness: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Employee Wellness component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

This menu provides a user-friendly overview of evidence-based practices for the Counseling, Psychological, & Social Services component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model. Read More

Social Emotional Climate: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the Social and Emotional School Climate WSCC component as found in… Read More

Healthy Schools Needs Assessment

The Healthy Schools Collective Impact (now called Healthy Schools Successful Students) vision is that all Colorado youth are healthy and reach their full potential with the bold goal that, by 2025, all Colorado K-12 public schools provide an environment and culture that integrates health and wellness equitably for all students… Read More

Health Education: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the Health Education WSCC component as found in the Menu of… Read More

Family Engagement: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the Family Engagement WSCC component as found in the Menu of… Read More

Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services WSCC component as found in… Read More

Community Involvement: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the Community Involvement WSCC component as found in the Menu of… Read More

The Lunch Box – Food Service Recipes

The “Food Service Recipes” resource from The Lunch Box provides a database with over 300 USDA compliant school food recipes. All recipes have been thoroughly tested by Chef Ann Cooper of Boulder Valley School District. The database also offers a scaling tool in which recipes can be scaled to the… Read More

The Importance of Health and Wellness in Schools Video

This video shares the importance of addressing health and wellness in schools. We know that to create healthy and engaging learning environments, we need to give kids what they really need to succeed. We need to work for a systemic, strategic, and coordinated approach to supporting the whole child, which… Read More

Communication Tips: Get the Word Out About Your Tobacco-free Schools Policy

A carefully considered tobacco-free schools policy is the foundation of a comprehensive approach to tobacco prevention in schools. Policy is the mechanism that allows consistent standards and enforcement procedures to be passed from one school administrator to the next. People and programs may come and go, but a policy lasts and… Read More

Employee Wellness: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the Employee Wellness WSCC component as found in the Menu of… Read More

Care Equity Project

The Care Equity Project is a collaborative effort to assist community and school health care providers and Kaiser Permanente staff and physicians in improving health equity for patients living with limited financial resources. Programs are free to schools, nonprofit organizations, and community groups along Colorado’s Front Range. Incorporated into this project… Read More

The Lunch Box – Food Services Human Resources

Every school district has a different organizational structure and hiring practices. In some districts, the food services department is responsible for all the hiring steps for their department, from developing job descriptions to posting, interviewing, testing, and hiring. However, others have little control over hiring procedures or have little say… Read More

Physical Education and Physical Activity: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the Physical Education and Physical Activity WSCC component as found in… Read More

The Lunch Box – Food Service Taste Testing

According to the National Association for the Education for Young Children, a child must be offered a new food up to 10-15 times before they will eat it. With that information in hand, we have found that tasting, tasting, and more tasting will help overcome their resistance. The “Tastings” resource from… Read More

School-based Health Services: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the School-Based Health Services WSCC component as found in the Menu… Read More

Physical Environment: WSCC Menu Advocacy Brief

As schools pursue the strategies for each component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, using evidenced-based strategies increases their likelihood of successful results. This document provides a sampling of the benefits and evidence-based strategies of the Physical Environment WSCC component as found in the Menu of… Read More

Healthy Schools Needs Assessment Infographic

This infographic shares key findings from the Healthy Schools Collective Impact (now called Healthy Schools Successful Students) Needs Assessment conducted in 2017. This information is being used to guide collaboration across health and wellness efforts in schools. Read More

Youth Engagement Standards

Youth engagement doesn’t happen haphazardly or through one-time events and opportunities. Youth engagement is dependent upon the on-going, long term, and intentional weaving of practices into the environments where young people exist. Positive Youth Development (PYD) is an evidence­-based approach that views young people as resources to cultivate rather than… Read More

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative –
Webinars

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of webinars focusing on school food. These webinars include practical ideas to increase school lunch participation, promotional tools to market progress within Food & Nutrition Services, and information help organize parents, students, and community members around scratch cooking efforts. Read More

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative – Webinars

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of webinars focusing on school food. These webinars include practical ideas to increase school lunch participation, promotional tools to market progress within Food & Nutrition Services, and information help organize parents, students, and community members around scratch cooking efforts. Read More

A School Without Hate and PEACE Checklist – Intro Video

The Jeffco Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC), Kaiser’s Arts Integrated Resources, and Day Without Hate have fostered a positive culture and climate in schools by using the PEACE Checklist. SHAC created a School Without Hate “Intro Video” that provides a brief tutorial on how they implement this effort. Schools in… Read More

Tools for Engaging Nontraditional Voices

Nontraditional voices bring an important perspective to the policymaking table. Their experience is often needed to successfully identify and implement solutions to complex problems. Without this perspective, even well-meaning policies often do not have their intended effect because they fail to take into account the lived experience of the members… Read More

WellSAT 2.0

The WellSAT 2.0 tool is used to assess the strength and quality of the local school wellness policy language. Note: This tool does not assess the implementation of a local school wellness policy.  … Read More

Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard 2.0

The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard 2.0 contains simple, no-cost or low-cost strategies that lunchrooms can use to increase participation, improve consumption of healthy food, and reduce food waste.  The strategies are based on research from the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs and other behavioral science research. Use… Read More

Smarter Lunchrooms & Local Wellness Policy Language

All schools operating the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program are required to have a local wellness policy which can drive change in a district’s wellness efforts. This tool provides sample language to include Smarter Lunchrooms into the local wellness policy. Smarter Lunchrooms strategies can be incorporated into the nutrition promotion… Read More

Smarter Lunchrooms & Local Wellness Policy Language

All schools operating the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program are required to have a local wellness policy which can drive change in a district’s wellness efforts. This tool provides sample language to include Smarter Lunchrooms into the local wellness policy. Smarter Lunchrooms strategies can be incorporated into the nutrition promotion… Read More

Smart Guide: Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Counseling, Psychological and Social Services Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support Counseling, Psychological and Social Services, examples of administrator support… Read More

Smart Guide: Social and Emotional Climate

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Social and Emotional Climate Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support the Social and Emotional Climate, examples of administrator support and… Read More

Smart Guide: Physical Environment

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Physical Environment Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support Physical Environment, examples of administrator support and student engagement, and sample action… Read More

Smart Guide: Nutrition Environment and Services

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Nutrition Environment and Services Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support Nutrition Environment and Services, examples of administrator support and student… Read More

Smart Guide: Health Services

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Health Services Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support Health Services, examples of administrator support and student engagement, and sample action… Read More

Smart Guide: Health Education

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Health Education Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support Health Education, examples of administrator support and student engagement, and sample action… Read More

Smart Guide: Employee Wellness

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Employee Wellness Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support Staff and Employee Wellness, examples of administrator support and student engagement, and… Read More

Smart Guide: Community Involvement

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Community Involvement Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support Community Involvement, examples of administrator support and student engagement, and sample action… Read More

Smart Guide: Physical Education and Physical Activity

The Smart Guides focus on each of the 10 component areas of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The Physical Education and Physical Activity Smart Guide provides a description of the component, examples of how other components support physical activity, examples of administrator support and student engagement,… Read More

Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit

The Farm to School Evaluation Toolkit is a resource to help farm to school programs of all sizes undertake evaluation. Evaluation can serve many purposes for farm to school programs, including helping demonstrating a program’s success or progress. Evaluation information allows for better communication of a program’s impact to funders,… Read More

Data as a Tool for Change

Data can bring a new perspective to the decision-making process, going beyond what people in the room know intuitively. With the right approaches and practices, data can help inform decisions and amplify impact, thus better enabling us to get to that meaningful change. This toolkit is designed to help you… Read More

Comprehensive School Safety Planning: Suggested Elements for Districts and Schools

This template from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center was modeled after the U.S. Department of Education’s four phase model of emergency planning: Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. This model is also in compliance with the Colorado Safe Schools Act (CRS 22-32-109.1) which requires each school district to adopt and… Read More

CDE Quality Indicator Tool for Serious Emotional Disabilities Programming

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… Read More

Amazon Healthier Generation Store

This online purchasing website was developed in partnership with Amazon and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Healthy snacks that meet the national Smart Snacks in School guidelines are available to purchase for school communities across the nation. Read More

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Food Planner

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation has an online tool for schools and communities to use in order to search for Smart Snacks in Schools compliance. The tool also provides access to nutrition resources such as recipes and menu plans. Read More

Trauma-Informed Approaches in Schools: Keys to Successful Implementation in Colorado

The purpose of this document is to provide an aligned message to schools and districts on trauma, its’ prevalence in youth, and how schools can utilize trauma-informed approaches to change outcomes for students. This document will provide a common language and common understanding to help schools begin the investigation and… Read More

Tobacco-free Schools Policy Checklist

The Tobacco-free Schools Policy Checklist Toolkit provides Colorado schools with tools and strategies for developing and implementing comprehensive policies and guidance as they review, revise, implement, and enforce tobacco-free school policies in their districts. Read More

Strategies for Enforcement: Practical Tips for Enforcing Your Tobacco-free Schools Policy

A written district policy is only effective if it is communicated and enforced. The following document provides a range of options for schools and districts to consider as they decide the best way to enforce tobacco policy in the context of their own schools and communities. Read More

The Lunch Box – Food Services Strategic Planning

The “Strategic Planning” resource from The Lunch Box website includes guidance and a worksheet sample. This resource can help schools develop a strategic plan to put their vision of substantive change in their lunchrooms into action. Read More

Safe Routes to Schools – Community Coalition Building Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help interested groups through the steps to organize a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) coalition in their school(s) community. The 5 Es of SRTS (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation) form the basis of the steps. The toolkit guides you through the eight steps to… Read More

Smart Snacks in School – Fact Sheet for Administrators

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… Read More

Short Lunch Periods Don’t Serve Students’ Needs (The Harvard Gazette)

This article from The Harvard Gazette reviews the length of time students need for a lunch period to have adequate time to eat. The article cites a study completed by Project Bread and Harvard Chan School which found students with fewer than twenty minutes to eat consumed less food, resulting… Read More

The Lunch Box – Salad Bars

The “Salad Bar” tab on The Lunch Box website offers tools for implementing salad bars in schools. This resource has guidance on training, operations, procurement, marketing, and planning. There are case studies, assessment tools, templates, and worksheets included in this resource for those looking to incorporate salad bars into their… Read More

The Lunch Box – Food Services Procurement

The “Procurement” resource from The Lunch Box has all of the information necessary for a school or district to start procuring foods for their scratch cooking mission. The website provides information on fresh food procurement, menu development, USDA foods, vendor relationships, local and regional procurement, responsibly produced meats, and much… Read More

The Lunch Box – Food Services Posters and Signs

The “Posters and Signs” resource on The Lunch Box website has free downloadable, printable posters on everything from “The Five Meal Components” to “Harvest of the Month” stickers. Print out these free resources to better market and raise awareness for your school food program!… Read More

Positive School Climate: Bullying and Harassment Prevention and Education School Resource Guide

This school guide includes resources that may help to address bullying and harassment in schools by providing programs/curricula descriptions, target audiences, costs, and contact information. Content of the guide includes ten best practices in bullying prevention, guiding question to explore with different interventions, as well as resources to support your… Read More

Out-of-School Suspension: Consequences and Alternatives

In recent years, school suspension has become a common disciplinary practice in U.S. schools. Each day that school is in session, 18,000 public school students are suspended from school, and 560 students are expelled. The widespread use of suspensions is creating concerns about the number of students that are excluded from school for discipline… Read More

The Lunch Box – Multimedia Training

This webpage from The Lunch Box features a variety of videos to support your food services and school nutrition efforts. From calibrating thermometers to stir frying vegetables, this multimedia resource offers education on food preparation techniques that can help food service professionals become even more proficient at their craft. Read More

The Lunch Box – Food Service Menu Cycles

The “Menu Cycles” resource at The Lunch Box website offers breakfast and lunch menu cycles depending on the age group. You can download information including: USDA certification worksheets for each cycle week, nutrient analysis by day, and cycle and menu cost information (based on Boulder’s current pricing). Read More

The Lunch Box – Marketing Your Food Services Program

Marketing your school food program is an essential part of keeping it relevant and maintaining your wellness goals. This resource includes tips and tricks on branding your program, district communications, social media platforms, photos, and funding and partnerships. Read More

Local School Wellness Policy Outreach Toolkit (USDA)

Engage the broader school community in the implementation of the local school wellness policy with the USDA’s outreach toolkit. The toolkit includes: an example cover letter, letter to principal, parent flyer in English and Spanish, presentation for parents, presentation for school staff, newsletter article, and social media posts with graphics. All… Read More

Local School Wellness Policy – Summary of the Final Rule

A local school wellness policy is a written document that guides a district’s efforts to establish an environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. The wellness policy requirement was strengthened by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. The final rule was released on July 29, 2016 and expanded… Read More

Kindness in the Classroom K-8 Social Emotional Learning Curriculum

The Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation’s Kindness in the Classroom curriculum is a free, evidenced-based, social emotional learning (SEL) program that supports educators in creating a culture of kindness in their classrooms, schools, and their communities. The Kindness in the Classroom lessons develop social and emotional competencies and increase… Read More

The Lunch Box – Junior Chef Competition

Hosting a junior chef competition in your school district is an innovative way to increase student participation in your school food program. This resource outlines the key benefits of hosting a junior chef competition and provides documents and resources to get the competition off the ground. Read More

Integrating Health and Wellness for Student Success: The Story of Archuleta School District

When Colorado students are living in poverty, come to school hungry, or feel unsafe, this affects their ability to learn. In Archuleta School District’s Pagosa Springs Middle School they believe in the strong connection between student learning and health and wellness. Educators have woven health and wellness into the fabric… Read More

How Long Does It Take Students to Eat Lunch?: A Summary of Three Studies (The Journal of Child Nutrition and Management)

The Institute of Child Nutrition (formerly the National Food Service Management Institute) sponsored three studies to identify the actual length of time students have to consume lunch. The studies found students have on average between 7-10 minutes to consume their lunches. This article can be used to advocate for lunch… Read More

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Healthy Schools Framework

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation works to empower students to develop lifelong healthy habits by ensuring the environments that surround them provide and promote good health. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program helps to create and sustain healthy environments where students, especially those in greatest need, can learn and flourish. Read More

Healthy Food Leads to Healthy Students in Silverton

After 100 years, a school in a mountain community now has a hot meals program. Committed to healthy kids and academic achievement, the Silverton School District developed menus to offer hot breakfasts and lunches to students and staff. Subsequently, Silverton has seen a substantial decline in discipline referrals, stomach-aches, and other… Read More

Health and Wellness: A Leadville School and Community Success Story

In 2016, Lake County Intermediate School in Leadville was recognized with the Healthy School Champions Platinum Governor’s Award for School Health and Wellness. However, it wasn’t long ago that health outcomes for Leadville kids weren’t so great. That’s why educators across the district began focusing on meeting students’ basic health… Read More

Children’s Hospital Colorado – Health and safety information for families and schools

This website from Children’s Hospital Colorado provides content and resources for youth and child health, safety, and well-being on a wide range of topics that you can share with parents, caregivers, and families in your school community. The site features tips and advice for families, as well as the ability… Read More

Greeley’s Farm to School Meal Program

The Farm to School Program is a national movement that connects schools and local farms in order to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias; provide agricultural, health, and nutrition education opportunities, and support local and regional farmers. Watch this video to learn how Greeley incorporates the Farm to School Program… Read More

The Lunch Box – Food Services Fiscal Management

Fiscal accountability in district food service departments is imperative given the challenge of operating in a highly regulated environment, often with limited revenue, inadequate facilities, and the high personnel costs. When districts change from a model of ready-to-serve foods to scratch-cooked meals, fiscal management becomes even more crucial. This “Food… Read More

The Lunch Box – Food Services Facilities Resource

It is essential for the district food service director and key members of their management team to learn enough about facility design and equipment to guide the district. This is the case whether the project involves investment in a few pieces of equipment or the design of many kitchens and… Read More

Exceptional Student Services Technical Assistance Document: Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are among the most common psychiatric issues affecting children and adolescents. Children with internalizing disorders such as depression and anxiety are often overlooked, and symptoms are often not addressed. This technical assistance document from CDE’s Exceptional Student Services Unit provides guidance on research-based interventions for supporting students with… Read More

Every Student Succeeds Action Framework for Health and Wellness

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the vital role that health and wellness play in education. This document from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Healthy Schools Campaign focuses on supporting advocates who are interested in working with state level policymakers to develop state ESSA plans. It provides… Read More

Essentials of School Threat Assessment: Preventing Targeted School Violence

This guide from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center reflects the work of the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education on the essentials of school threat assessment and methods to prevent targeted school violence. The guide provides a strategy for identifying and supporting at-risk students. Read More

Essential Components of Effective Tobacco Prevention for Schools

To be effective in preventing youth tobacco use, school districts and schools need to look beyond classroom instruction and toward developing a more comprehensive approach. This document outlines five essential components for effective school tobacco use prevention, along with examples and suggested staff development for each component. To ensure successful implementation,… Read More

Developing Comprehensive Tobacco-free Schools Policy: Policy Language Examples

This resource includes policy language examples from school districts across Colorado. The examples address the required components of the Colorado Tobacco-free Schools Law and the Teen Tobacco Use Prevention Act. Read More

School Level: Implementing A Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health

The guide defines a step-by-step process for schools utilizing a Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach and features “travel guides” for experienced teams seeking in-depth support in specific areas (high functioning teams, meeting facilitation, developing success stories development, data collection and usage, and community involvement). Read More

Colorado School Safety Resource Center Restorative Practices Guide

Effective teaching and learning cannot take place unless students feel safe at school. Positive discipline policies and restorative practices can help create safer learning environments without relying heavily on suspensions and expulsions. This guide from the Colorado School Safety Resource Center provides a list of resources and community organizations that… Read More

Colorado Healthy Beverages and Competitive Food Policies

According to the Colorado Competitive Food Service Policy (2202-R-201.00), “competitive food service” is any food or beverage sold to students that is separate from the district’s nonprofit, federally reimbursed food service program, and is provided by a school-approved organization or by a school-approved outside vendor. All competitive foods must meet… Read More

Benefits of Farm to School (National Farm to School Network)

Kids win, farmers win, and communities win when schools choose to implement farm to school in the cafeteria. It creates connections within communities, unites students with where their food comes from, and strengthens the local economy. The National Farm to School Network developed a resource stating the benefits of farm… Read More

Rangeview High School: Creating Safe, Caring, Engaging Schools

Rangeview High School in Aurora, CO is empowering students and creating a safe, caring, and engaging environment. Check out this five minute video to learn about innovative approaches in school climate and celebrating diversity at Rangeview High School. Learn more about how this school promoted ways to recognize differences and… Read More

Alliance for a Healthier Generation – Model Wellness Policy

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation developed an excellent wellness policy template that meets the requirements of the local wellness policy final rule. A local wellness policy guides a school district’s efforts to establish a school environment that promotes students’ health, well-being, and ability to learn. This wellness policy is required… Read More

All In: Using Advisory to Transform School Climate

Students who feel a positive connection with peers, teachers, and other adults in school are more likely to achieve academic success. Struggling students, who do not experience positive connections with others, often exhibit behavior that undermines their academic growth. At Pagosa Springs High School, a high-quality advisory structure connects students… Read More

Smart Source Data Tables: Health Statistics Regions

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts to provide schools with meaningful data and reduce the burden of multiple… Read More

Smart Source Data Tables: Free and Reduced Lunch Eligibility

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts to provide schools with meaningful data and reduce the burden of multiple… Read More

Smart Source Data Tables: District Size Data

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts to provide schools with meaningful data and reduce the burden of multiple… Read More

Smart Source Data Tables: Regional Data

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts to provide schools with meaningful data and reduce the burden of multiple… Read More

Smart Source Data Tables: State Data

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts to provide schools with meaningful data and reduce the burden of multiple… Read More

Smart Source Data Snapshots: Select Results by District Size

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts to provide schools with meaningful data and reduce the burden of multiple… Read More

Smart Source Data Snapshots: Indicators of Educational and Health Equity by School Level

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts to provide schools with meaningful data and reduce the burden of multiple… Read More

Smart Source Data Snapshots: Indicators of Supportive Systems and Cultures for Health by School Level

Smart Source is a streamlined tool available in Colorado allows all K-12 public schools to assess their health efforts to help ensure students are healthy and ready to learn. Smart Source replaces various state and national data collection efforts to provide schools with meaningful data and reduce the burden of multiple… Read More

Students Mentoring Students (SMS) Curriculum Video

At Poudre High School in Fort Collins, CO, students teach other students important lessons in diversity, equity, and social-emotional skills that not only create a more inclusive climate but impact academic achievement as well. This video accompanies the full SMS Curriculum and highlights how Poudre High School is transforming school… Read More

Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership, Master of Arts in Teaching

Today, schools everywhere are implementing comprehensive school physical activity programs. The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) offers the Physical Education and Physical Activity Leadership, Master of Arts in Teaching.  This is one of the first master’s programs in the nation to prepare school professionals to fulfill the highly valued role… Read More

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