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Using Data to Drive Decisions

Data-driven decisions are a necessity in this era of accountability and high-stakes testing. It simply isn’t good enough to implement health and wellness efforts because “we just know we’re making a difference” without having data to support our claims. For school health efforts to take their rightful place alongside… 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

School Climate Issue Brief

School Climate is a comprehensive term that refers to the quality of school life for everyone in the school community. School climate encompasses the social, physical, and academic aspects of a school. In this Issue Brief, an overview of what school climate is as well as the benefits of a… Read More

Video and Tip Sheet-Talking to Youth About Vaping

This video identifies steps to engage in conversation with youth about the dangers related to vaping. There are also many additional great resources on tobaccofreeco.org that can assist schools and families while negotiating conversations around tobacco and vaping. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Quality Professional Development Levels of Support

This resource provides a description of tiered levels of support, offered by the University of Northern Colorado Active Schools Lab, for organizations that want to ensure their new or existing professional development (PD) services (e.g., workshops) are effective based on evidence-based characteristics of quality PD. 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

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

Bicycle Safety Lesson Plans (Grades 3-6)

This resource includes lesson plans for implementing a bicycle safety program in school curriculum, particularly in physical education classes, for students from third through 6th (or even 8th) grade. These lesson plans introduce a variety of skills that can help children stay safe while they ride their bicycles and have been… 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

School Food Institute – School Food Procurement

With over 30 million school lunches served every day, school food is big business. This course discusses the importance of aligning your procurement practices with the mission and vision of your school food program.  We’ll look at how to use your menus to project procurement needs and how to write an effective… Read More

School Food Institute – School Food Operation Models

This course walks participants through the complicated web of school food and how each operational model affects the food served to the students. Cost of training is $99. To enroll, click the link below. Read More

School Food Institute – School Food Finance

This course provides information on managing the fiscal resources in a school food program. Managing the financial resources in school food programs is a complex process, and it can be even more complicated in a scratch-cook operation. Fiscal accountability is essential for school food programs to be successful in transitioning to… 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

School Food Institute – Salad Bars in Schools

This course can help schools use a salad bar effectively to get kids eating more fresh produce. Salad bars are a great way to get kids eating more fresh produce, but having a successful salad bar program requires a plan. We’ll go in-depth into the planning and assessment needed for salad… Read More

School Food Institute – Recipes and Menu Development

This training discusses the importance of recipes for sustainable, scratch-cooked meals, and how to transition your popular menu items to scratch cooking. Recipes and menus are is the heartbeat of a scratch-cook school food operation. In Recipes and Menu Development, we’ll discuss why recipes are important for a sustainable scratch-cook… Read More

School Food Institute – Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning

This course guides participants through the process of planning for sustainable change in their school food program. In this course, you will learn the essentials of strategic planning – from baseline program assessment to defining your program’s mission, vision, values, and goals, and develop a multi-year strategic plan to meet your… Read More

School Food Institute – Marketing and Lunchroom Education

This course teaches participants ways to raise the ADP (average daily participation) in their school lunch program in order to sustain their new, higher quality school food program. Cost of training is $99.  To enroll, click the link below. 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

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

Trauma Informed Education Resource List

Every year, approximately 1 in 4 children under age 18 experiences a potentially traumatic event. Trauma, particularly in a child, can have a lasting emotional effect. This document from the Cross Systems Training Institute provides a list of resources and recommended reading on trauma informed education. Read More

Taste Testing Guide for Parents and Families

Turn regular taste tests into an exciting school-wide event! Taste testing is a great way to build-up the relationship between food service personnel, families, and the rest of the school community. Additionally, as students become familiar with taste tests, they’ll be more open to trying new foods, supporting the healthy changes… 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

Taste Testing for Nutrition Services Staff

This resource from the LiveWell@School Food Initiative presents a how-to guide for Nutrition Services staff to conduct taste tests in the cafeteria. 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

Healthy Fundraisers in Elementary Schools Guide

This guide outlines why healthy fundraisers in schools are important, and includes communication messages for school and family buy-in, as well as suggestions for healthy alternatives for fundraisers. Read More

Recess Before Lunch Guide

When students go to recess before lunch they do not rush through eating. They tend to eat a more well-balanced meal, including more foods containing vitamins such as milk, vegetables, and fruits. This guide outlines the benefits of Recess Before Lunch and steps and considerations for implementing this change. 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

Healthy Celebrations in Elementary Schools Guide

This guide outlines why healthy celebrations are important, and includes communication messages for school and family buy-in, as well as suggestions for healthy alternatives for classroom celebrations. Read More

Recess Before Lunch Educational Presentation

When students go to recess before lunch they do not rush through eating. They tend to eat a more well-balanced meal, including more foods containing vitamins such as milk, vegetables, and fruits. This presentation describes the benefits of scheduling recess before lunch and explores the anticipated challenges and solutions to… 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

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

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

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

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

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative –
Student Survey

Use this survey to help identify what is currently popular on your school menus. This survey also provides a section where the students can vote on new menu items, with those items ideally being from-scratch options. The overall goal is for the least favorite items to come off the menu,… Read More

LiveWell’s School Food Initiative – Student Survey

Use this survey to help identify what is currently popular on your school menus. This survey also provides a section where the students can vote on new menu items, with those items ideally being from-scratch options. The overall goal is for the least favorite items to come off the menu,… Read More

Guide for Using Data to Drive Decisions

Data-driven decisions are a necessity in this era of accountability and high-stakes testing. It simply isn’t good enough to implement health and wellness efforts because “we just know we’re making a difference” without having data to support our claims. For school health efforts to take their rightful place alongside reading,… Read More

Guide for Getting Other to Notice and Support Your Efforts

In order to accomplish the desired outcomes and long-term goals of your healthy school efforts, you need others to understand the benefits of what you are doing or plan to do. Strategically thinking about those you need to “get on board” is an important part of any change effort, and marketing… Read More

Guide for Making Meetings Matter

Regardless of how we feel about it, meetings are here to stay. Well-organized meetings can have real value for participants and their organizations. The question is: are your meetings productive, well-planned, conducted with full participation, and results-oriented? Or are they a bit more haphazard, with recycled topics, inconsistent attendance, and unclear… Read More

Guide for 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 struggles. There are always conflicting demands on time and in a school building. Members get pulled in all directions; team meetings may be rushed; and the team… 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

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

Alternative Breakfast Programs

Alternative breakfast programs are a highly effective way to increase breakfast participation for all students and increase the multi-level benefits of breakfast, especially when they are implemented in addition to traditional cafeteria breakfast. Alternative breakfast can provide important student, classroom, and school level benefits. This guide provides an overview of… 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

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

Pedestrian Safety Lesson Plans (Grades K-2)

This resource provides lesson plans for implementing a pedestrian safety program in your school curriculum, particularly in physical education classes. The curriculum is a combination of indoor and outdoor lessons that can be used together or separately, depending on time and space available. Each lesson builds on the concepts and skills… 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 – 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

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

Health Education Skill Model

Access a variety of downloadable resources related to providing health education in schools. The “Health Skills” models are aligned with the National Health Education Standards and Indicators. Models for grade spans PK-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 focusing on the skills of analyzing influences (INF), accessing information (AI), interpersonal communication (IC),… 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

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

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

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

Core Subject Bicycle and Pedestrian Lesson Plans (K-8)

This resource provides lesson plans for bicycle and pedestrian topics in core subject matter areas such as math, social studies, reading, writing, science, and more. Includes resources for Kindergarten through 8th grade. The lesson plans integrate walking, bicycling, active transportation, and healthy living into core subject areas and are arranged… Read More

Bicycle Rodeo – Train the Trainer

These resources will help schools or districts with organizing a bicycle rodeo- a clinic to teach children the skills and precautions to ride a bicycle safely. All materials are available for download and use. Included are a sample PowerPoint presentation that you can modify when developing a training for bike rodeo facilitators… 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

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 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

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