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February 2020 Healthy Schools Resources

Thursday, January 23, 2020  
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 Online Book Studies. Join Wellness Training Specialists for two online book studies: Design Thinking for School Leaders: Five Roles and Mindsets That Ignite Positive Change and Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning. Participants get a certificate for 30 hours of continuing ed. Click here for details.

March 2020: CO Charter Schools Annual Conference: Presented by the CO League of Charter Schools, this event brings together school leaders, board members, operations staff, teachers, technology & support staff and advocates to learn, inspire and engage. Click here for details and to register!



CO Department of Education: The School Counselor Corps grant for districts, BOCES and charter schools is to increase availability and implementation of effective school-based counseling. The anticipated level of funding available for 2020-21 school year is $500,000 (approx 15 grant awards; funding contingent upon pending legislative appropriations). Priority consideration will be given to schools not previously funded. Click here for details. Applications due March 13, 2020.

CO Health Foundation: The Responsive Grants Program, including Children Move More, Healthy Schools, and Youth and Young Adult Resiliency, will be released February 15, 2020. This provides a possible funding channel for school health and wellness work. For more information, check out the webpage or reach out to Dara Hessee directly with questions or to discuss ideas.



Chemical Storage, Hazardous Waste, and Other Concerns. Available for a limited time, Mark Pokorny at, can answer questions about chemical storage concerns, hazardous waste determinations and disposal, laboratory safety, and other environmental issues.

Healthy Schools Hub: Become a hero for healthy kids this year by adding one or these to your list: 1) commit to being an "action hero"; be part of a growing movement to build a happier, healthier future for kids; 2) take the School Health Survey to find out if your school addresses the whole child; use results to advocate for change with school administration; and 3) enter the new year with a mind for mindfulness.

My Quit: “My Life, My Quit” shares the truth about nicotine, vaping and other tobacco products. For those who’ve decided to quit, they can text "Start My Quit" to 855.891.9989 or call and talk with a coach. My Life, My Quit is always free and confidential. Start My Quit.

Resilience in School Environments (RISE) Initiative: This new initiative empowers schools to: 1) increase staff job satisfaction, including reducing staff stress; 2) improve safety, connectedness, and relationships among students and staff; 3) boost student and staff social-emotional learning; and 4) increase efficiency and effectiveness of mental health support systems. The RISE Index is a customizable tool to help you assess, prioritize, and plan key activities that promote social-emotional health. Click here for info and access to the RISE Index.