Tagged “Whole Child Partners”

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.

Language Learning Meets Emotional Understanding

Open High School, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
 

Open High School—designated a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute—s a school like no other. Centered in Randwick, Australia, the school specializes in languages via distance learning. Nearly 2,000 students from both public and private schools have the opportunity to choose from 103 courses in 13 languages that are not available to them in their local schools. Aside from language offerings, Open High School is committed to providing an emotionally supportive learning environment for all of its students and staff.

Individualized Learning Shapes Successful Students

Dubbo School of Distance Education, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
 

Dubbo School of Distance Education has been designated a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute. The school, centered in Dubbo, Australia, provides individualized distance education options for students in preschool through 12th grade who are either unable to attend a face-to-face school or are pursuing a course of study that is unavailable at their local school. The flexibility that Dubbo provides allows students to receive a quality education that is tailored to their personal needs and lifestyles. Most notably, Dubbo has worked to improve access to mental health resources for its students and their families, helping them gain necessary support outside of the learning environment.

Empowerment Strategies Show Students How to Lead

Bowden Brompton Community School, Brompton, South Australia, Australia

Principals Australia Institute, a whole child partner, has designated Bowden Brompton Community School as a MindMatters school. Located in Brompton, Australia, Bowden Brompton provides educational and emotional support for students who require a nontraditional learning environment. The school emphasizes leadership and empathy through anti-bullying strategies and empowerment programs, such as MindMatters’ Youth Empowerment Process (YEP). Bowden Brompton has seen considerable improvements in attendance, focus, and literacy since the school began implementing MindMatters techniques.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Come First

Black Mountain School, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Named a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute, Black Mountain School exemplifies excellence in special education. Located in Canberra, Australia, Black Mountain works to provide its students with the skills to actively participate in everyday life. The school has been employing MindMatters techniques and curricula since 2010, building a comfortable, open environment in which students and staff feel free to discuss issues of mental health and wellbeing. Black Mountain also works closely with students’ families and the local community in order to reinforce the web of support that has proven so crucial.

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.

Math Programs Add Up to Success

Albermarle County Public Schools, Charlottesville, Virginia

Whole child partner National School Boards Association has awarded a grand prize grant to Albermarle County Public Schools in the 2013 Magna Awards. The district—located in Charlottesville, Virginia—has implemented an initiative known as “M-Cubed: Math, Men, and Mission,” a two week summer math academy for male African-American students. The summer program is supplemented by mentoring and academic support during the remainder of the year. M-Cubed is intended to increase levels of academic achievement and also promote connections with local community organizations.

District Makes Global Citizenship a Core Value

Derry Township School District, Hershey, Penn.

Derry Township School District has been awarded a grand prize grant in the 2013 Magna Awards by the National School Boards Association, a whole child partner. The district—located in Hershey, Pennsylvania—has developed and implemented the COCOA Principles program, which teaches students to be respectful and responsible global citizens. The COCOA Principles are community, opportunity, citizenship, ownership, and academics. Derry Township students who exemplify these principles are nominated for awards and high school students must select one as a central theme of their graduation projects.

Student Engagement and Moral Leadership Set the Bar High

Elizabeth Forward Middle School, Elizabeth, Penn.

Elizabeth Forward Middle School has been named a Pennsylvania School to Watch by whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Located in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, the school is one of only 33 in the state to receive this title. Pennsylvania Schools to Watch Director Bruce Vosburgh cited the students’ ambition and strong sense of community as factors in the school’s selection. Elizabeth Forward is notable for its engaging and effective anti-bullying campaign, which works to create a safe and supportive environment for all learners.

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