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Back to School Toolkit

Hand-picked resources from our school health experts to help families start the school year feeling confident and connected. Read More

Engaging Father Figures in School Health Initiatives

Strategies from schools and experts identify how to include father figures in family engagement efforts. Read More

Tips for Engaging Families in Health

Use these evidence-based strategies for engaging families in healthy behaviors, both at home and at school. Read More

Student Vision Board

Encourage students to creatively fill out and share their vision boards at home and school to help the adults in their lives learn more about them. Read More

5 Ways to Foster Social-Emotional Skills

Try these simple ways to develop social-emotional skills in your children and teens. Read More

Delta County School District: Caring, Challenging, Learning…Every Student, Every Day!

Delta County School District is located in the Gunnison River Valley in west central Colorado and serves 5,000 students across five diverse communities. Delta County School District believes it is their role to model and actively promote healthy choices, physical activity, and balanced nutrition. Read this success story to learn… Read More

Weld RE-1 School District: Row as One to a Healthy Horizon

Weld RE-1 is a rural school district in Northern Colorado and serves nearly 2,000 students across the towns of Gilcrest, LaSalle, and Platteville. Although students and staff are separated by many miles, the district has successfully implemented a comprehensive program to support the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of… 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

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

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

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

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

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

Helping Teens Assess Their Sleep Needs

The Alliance for a Healthier Generation offers this tool to help individuals of all ages assess their sleep. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 High Performing Teams

There is a big difference between a “group” of people working together and a “team” working together. But even tight-knit teams have their struggle. There are always conflicting demands on time in a school building. Members get pulled in all directions, the team meeting may be rushed, and the team… 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Destination: Healthy Schools Successful Students – A Roadmap & Guidebook to Implementing a Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health at the School Level

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

Adult Crossing Guard Training Resources

These resources were created by CDOT and other organizations to train volunteers or paid staff on becoming adult crossing guards. The Adult Crossing Guard Training Guidelines use national standards, best practices, and also incorporate state traffic laws and legislation. Included are training materials, including PowerPoints, guidelines and regulations, videos, evaluation… 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

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