Tagged “Community Engagement”

This Institute for Learning Knows What it Means to Engage the Community

Segue Institute for Learning, Central Falls, Rhode Island

Segue Institute for Learning received the 2014 Rhode Island ASCD Whole Child Award for its work to engage the community in all aspects of its programs. The school has exemplified what it means to engage the community by embracing the involvement of its community partners and families to help support their students. Furthermore, they support their students through student driven advisories that revolve around culturally competent and engaging activities. Curriculum is geared toward success in high school and includes service learning, performance based assessment and portfolios. In addition, the health education curriculum includes social/emotional dimensions. Congratulations Segue Institute for Learning for this great honor!

This Award Winning School is Dedicated to School Health

Dagang Elemantary School, Tainan, Taiwan

Tainan Municipal Dagang Elementary School, which was founded in 1988, currently has 44 classes and 1201 students. The school has been dedicated to school health promotion and has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Health Promoting School International Accreditation Gold medal from the Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The school's key to success lies within 11 major aspects:

  1. Establishment of a school health committee (interdisciplinary teams, regular meetings, formulate plans into school calendar, and implementation)
  2. Integrating health issues into school curriculum so that teaching and activities can complement one another
  3. Comprehensive implementation in the 6 dimensions (school policy, physical environment, social environment, community relationships, and personal health skills)
  4. Collaborate with local hospital/community resources to form partnerships and broaden participation
  5. Perform a statistical analysis to examine program performance and encourage staff to participate in research
  6. Hold an award ceremony to reward excellences: “white teeth and bright eyes awards”, “healthy fitness awards”, and “reaching BIM standards award”
  7. Raise awareness and participation with parents and communities through the publication of school newsletters and media
  8. Quality control and seek excellence: execute plans in accordance to principles.
  9. Learning through observation and experience sharing: encourage staff to take training courses and to share knowledge by making and sharing reports in meetings
  10. Establish a dental health center: Treatment station, dental chair, complete hardware. Resident dentist Dr. Wang has been a volunteer dentist for over 20 years.
  11. Establish Health promotion website: allocate a specialist in the maintenance of the data on this website.
     

Resource Center Unites School and Families in the Pursuit of a Successful Future

McLoughlin Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
 

McLoughlin Middle School joins other top Washington schools in receiving the Supported Students Award from Washington State ASCD. Located in Vancouver, Washington, McLoughlin strives to connect with its students and their families on multiple levels. The school’s family community resource center serves as a central access point for the numerous support services offered in the area, from free school supplies to dental care. During the school day, students who have been identified as needing additional academic assistance are paired with mentoring advocates or attend support classes to help them boost their grades and succeed.

Outreach Programs Bring a Community Together

Madison Elementary School, Olympia, Wash.
 

Washington State ASCD has awarded Madison Elementary School the Safe School Award for 2012. As Title I School in Olympia, Washington, Madison has many programs in place to ensure the success and safety of its at-risk populations. The school is considered a “safe harbor,” thanks in large part to the implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), which uses decision-making techniques to address behavior concerns. Madison also maintains a multitude of outreach programs, strengthening bonds with parents and the community through family learning nights, a community garden, and partnerships with other schools and nonprofit organizations.

Community Partners Serve as Guides to Healthy Lives

Opportunity Elementary School, Spokane, Wash.
 

Opportunity Elementary School—winner of the Healthy School Award from Washington State ASCD—is no stranger to overcoming health challenges. Located in Spokane, Washington, the school has implemented a variety of programs to teach healthy choices to its students, the majority of whom are disadvantaged. Opportunity staff members take a holistic view on health for their students, pairing mentorship and tutoring programs with healthy eating seminars. By partnering with faith-based organizations, college groups, and the local food bank, the school provides its students and their families with the skills and resources necessary to lead healthy lives.

When Well-Being Comes First, Developmental Success is Sure to Follow

Wanniassa School, Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
 

Wanniassa School has been named a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute in light of its commitment to mental health. The dual campus school, located in Wanniassa, Australia, is notable for its diverse student body and in-house support centers for disengaged students. Fresh off of a 3-year school climate study, Wanniassa prioritizes student health and wellbeing through both in-school programming and external wellness training for student ambassadors. The effect of these initiatives can be seen in a dramatic drop in suspensions in just two years, as well as in academic benchmarks.

Open-Minded Community Shares Ideas for Collective Growth

St. Stephen’s School, Duncraig, Western Australia, Australia
 

Principals Australia Institute, a whole child partner, has added St. Stephen’s School to its list of MindMatters schools. Located in Duncraig, a suburb of Perth, Australia, the school prides itself on respect for diversity, strong bonds with the community, and pursuit of excellence by its students. Staff members meet every two weeks to discuss the mental health and wellbeing of the student body, and health education modules pertaining to mental health issues have been incorporated into the curriculum. The sense of common understanding and support makes St. Stephen’s a comfortable and accessible environment in which both students and staff can speak freely about these issues.

Harnessing Leadership Potential to Keep Teens in School

Fontana Unified School District, Fontana, Calif.

Fontana Unified School District, located in Fontana, California, has been awarded a grand prize grant in whole child partner National School Board Association’s 2013 Magna Awards. The district has developed and implemented the Fontana Leadership Intervention Program (FLIP). FLIP, which is directed at middle and high school students, offers students a variety of classes ranging from ethics to drug and alcohol resistance. The program also requires participation in community projects and seminars for parents as well. This multifaceted outreach has already made a visible difference in behavior issues at both the middle and high school levels.

Finding the Time to Meet Key Needs

Dutchman Creek Middle School, Rock Hill, South Carolina

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has chosen Dutchman Creek Middle School as one of its South Carolina Schools to Watch. Located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, the school has been commended for its collaborative planning initiatives and flexible student support programs. Staff members work to meet the needs of their students by offering support before, after, and during school hours. Dutchman Creek is also driven by its extensive district and community support, factors which aid in its pursuit of excellence.

Central Kentucky School Proves the Importance of Community

Royal Spring Middle School, Georgetown, Kentucky

Whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform has named Royal Spring Middle School as one of its Kentucky Schools to Watch. Located in Georgetown, Kentucky, Royal Spring is the first central Kentucky school to be awarded this title. The school’s success can be largely attributed to the close bonds between the school and the local community, as well as the dedication of students, staff, and parents to the school’s daily proceedings. Royal Spring joins a select group of Kentucky schools in receiving this honor.

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