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The Science of Happiness

A free eight-week online course that offers practical, research-backed tips on living a happy and meaningful life. Created by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, the course will zero in on a fundamental finding from positive psychology: that happiness is inextricably linked to having strong social connections and contributing to… Read More

Sources of Strength-Resources for Practicing Strength at Home

Sources of Strength is a public health program that focuses on promoting mental health and building protective factors that increase connection, coping, resiliency, and wellness. This in turn prevents suicide, violence, bullying, substance abuse, and so much more. Neuroscience and Positive Psychology show that we can change our brains, becoming… Read More

December Meeting Presentations – Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative (CHSC)

This PDF includes presentation slides from the December 9, 2020 Colorado Healthy Schools Collaborative Meeting, including CDE’s COVID-19 Updates. Read More

Dolores, Colorado Resource List

This directory of Dolores, Colorado resources provides information related to: Interpersonal violence programs Food assistance programs Housing and utility assistance programs Transportation programs If you don’t see a resource that is right for you or would like to talk about additional needs that you may have, please contact Western Colorado… Read More

Uniting for Young People’s Success

School-based health care is a powerful investment in the health and academic potential of children and adolescents. This model delivers convenient, accessible, and wide-ranging primary and mental health care services to students where they already spend most of their time: in school. At the heart of the model is the… Read More

Assessing Readiness & Building Resilience in the Clinical Workforce: A Foundation for ACE Screening Integration

This webinar provides strategies, promising practices, and resources to support health care providers and clinical leadership as they assess their own organizational readiness and build workforce resilience to successfully integrate Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) screening into clinical practice. 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

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

Video Stress Reducing Tips By Student Leaders

The Asset Education website provide a short video series about created by student leaders about stress reduction: ANXIETY IS AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. People across the world need to be equipped with tools to help them cope now. There is an urgent need to add student voices to the… 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

Signs of Abuse and Neglect Resources for Teachers

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

Mandatory Reporter Training – Child Welfare Training System

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

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

SEL Activities from Everyday Speech

Everyday Speech is providing users the ability to share interactive social skills games and materials with parents, 100% free, through July 1. Parents will have access to the same videos, worksheets, and games that are normally used in school. Teachers can create lists for parents to use and send… Read More

SEL Activities from Centervention.com

Free Social Emotional Learning Activities from Centervention.com include lessons, activities, and printables in the following skill areas: Communication, Cooperation, Emotion Regulation, Empathy, Impulse Control, and Social Initiation. These resources are age-appropriate for elementary and middle school students and are typically used in a classroom or a small group setting. And… Read More

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

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

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

Behavioral threat assessment and management (BTAM) is a fact-based, systematic process designed to identify, assess, and manage potentially dangerous or violent situations. School safety experts, law enforcement officials, and the United States Departments of Education, Justice, Secret Service, and Federal Bureau of Education (2017, 2018) have cited research indicating that… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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 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

Trauma Informed Care Clinical Consultation

The Trauma Informed Care Clinical Group is a subcommittee of the COACT Colorado System of Care, an initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The initiative is housed within the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of… Read More

Mental Health First Aid Training

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

Social Emotional Climate: WSCC Menu of Evidence-based Practices

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

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

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

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

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

Mental Health First Aid Colorado Description

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an evidence-based training program to help identify mental health and substance abuse problems, connect individuals to care, and safely de-escalate crisis situations. Visit our website to find a class that can help build knowledge and skills about mental and behavioral health needs. 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


YouthCHAT is a free 2-hour youth-facilitated interactive workshop. The youth leaders of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Action Team (CHAT) created this innovative workshop to support health care professionals in optimizing youth wellness visits. This unique training explores youth solutions for establishing an emotionally safe environment where young people feel empowered… 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

School Level: Implementing A Collaborative Approach to Learning and Health

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

All In: Using Advisory to Transform School Climate

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

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