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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

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

Messaging for Multilingual Families-Health Education

When it came to notifying our parents and guardians that schools were about to begin Comprehensive Health units, we ran into logistical issues with distribution of letters and connections with home. We were finding that our translated letters did not always make it into the hands of parents, and in… Read More

Family Activity Planning Guide

When families are physically active together, they can have fun while encouraging healthy choices. Hang this chart on a wall or refrigerator and track your family activity goals each month!… Read More

All Weather Family Activities

Kids need 60 minutes of physical activity every day! Both youth and adults can spread out their physical activity by engaging in short bouts of movement throughout the day. To help you get started, here are some simple, inexpensive, all-weather activities that the whole family can enjoy together!… Read More

Nature-Based BINGO

Celebrate the natural world around us using this handy BINGO card filled with nature-friendly activities. Read More

Active At-Home Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are fun activities that can support curiosity, learning, and physical activity. Whether indoors or outside, there are plenty of things around us to explore. For a fun, simple activity that can get the whole family moving while at home, hunt for the following items and add your own… Read More

10 Tips for Taking Screen Breaks

These tips from experts and parents can help balance screen time, physical activity, and family connection. Read More

Choose Your Own Family Adventure

Answer 3 simple questions to choose your family’s own custom adventure – a fun activity that will get everyone up and moving this summer, together!… Read More

Time-Saving Physical Activities for Busy Families

Time-saving strategies for getting the whole family active while accomplishing routine tasks. 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

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… Read More

Teaching Science Through Cooking With Kids

With patience and creativity, children can learn more about the science behind food and nutrition by experimenting in the kitchen. Explore answers to questions such as, “what is baking soda and why is it important?” “how do our taste buds work?” and “how can we make simple recipes even healthier… 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 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

Website: Coping Skills for Kids & Teens

Coping Skills for Kids provides products and resources to help kids learn to cope with the daily challenges of life. These  resources for educators and parents help young people develop coping skills related to COVID19, anger, anxiety, and more. 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

16 Social-Emotional Learning Games from Proud to be Primary

These social-emotional learning games from Proud to be Primary are great for the classroom or home use. Teach positive social interactions, encourage relationship skills, and practice effective communication. 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

Calm for Bedtime

Put your kids to bed with the Calm app. Calm is helping kids around the world fall asleep so that their parents can also get a little peace and relaxation. So, why is everyone downloading the Calm app? Sleep Stories are bedtime tales that include a soothing mix of words,… 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

APS Covid-19 & Remote Learning

This link provides a summary of the current targets that APS is focused on, along with a list of places to receive support (meals, technology, utilities etc.). Students, parents, staff and community stakeholders are encouraged to visit often for updates. Information is also provided in Spanish for our families. Read More

Learning at Home-Getting Connected Online

Browse ways to get students and homes connected for online learning. This resource is provided by the CDE and covers online resources, best practices for educators and families, getting connected, guidance on e-learning technology and looks at online security–and more!… 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

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

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative –
Parent and Family Tools

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of resources for parents and families, including action planning tools, talking points for addressing school food, as well as assessment tools and recruitment tools. Read More

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative – Parent and Family Tools

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative is happy to provide a variety of resources for parents and families, including action planning tools, talking points for addressing school food, as well as assessment tools and recruitment tools. 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

Helping Kids Learn Better with Healthy School Meals

Kids who eat healthy school meals have fewer absences and higher academic achievement. Making school meals healthy, nutritious, and successful is both a challenge and an incredible opportunity. In this recorded webinar, you’ll learn how national school meal programs work and how parents and community members can deepen support, trust,… 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

Game On Progam

Action for Healthy Kids’ “Game On Program” is a flexible and adaptable multi-year framework that supports America’s schools in creating healthier school environments for students, staff, and the communities they serve. This no-cost, online, step-by-step guide provides all the information and resources a K-12 school needs to host a successful… 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

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

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

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

Making the Case for a Healthy School

Before telling your school community what to change, you have to give them the “why.” This presentation covers how to build awareness, support, and momentum for creating healthier school environments by talking about the obesity crisis and the connection between health and learning, by reviewing current school customs, and by… Read More

Good Eats: Healthy School Meals

Kids who eat healthy school meals have fewer absences and higher academic achievement. Making school meals healthy, delicious, and successful is both a challenge and an incredible opportunity. This workshop gives an overview of how national school meal programs work and how parents and community members can deepen support, trust,… Read More

Creating Healthy Schools: What Parents Need to Know

Learn how to work collaboratively to improve school policy and practices related to healthy eating and physical activity. This half-day introductory workshop covers 1) making the case for healthy schools, 2) the school health landscape in Colorado, 3) best practices in nutrition and physical activity, and 4) engaging your school… Read More

Creating a Healthier School Food Culture

The school food culture goes way beyond the cafeteria. This presentation covers policies and regulations related to the school food environment and offers project ideas and resources for healthy fundraisers, celebrations and family events, healthy snack programs, and non-food rewards. This training lasts 60-120 minutes and invites parent/family groups, school… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walk to School Colorado! Toolkit

This toolkit was created to make organizing a Walk to School Colorado event easy to implement. The kit includes all the necessary steps in the planning process, including assessing your community’s interest in the program. Check out the resource for many tips on preparing for your event, including resources for… 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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program Fact Sheet

This resource provides an overview of House Bill 13-1006 which created the Breakfast After the Bell Nutrition Program (BABNP). The purpose of this program is to offer a breakfast, at no charge, to each student enrolled in a public school that has 70 percent or more students who are eligible… Read More

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