SEBW Monthly August 2019

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness News from IDOE

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Looking for how to integrate SEL into daily practice?

Click here to view the Neuroscience Toolkit located on the Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness IDOE website. The toolkit includes a scope and sequence of one hundred days of neuroscience lesson plans. Each 5-10 minute activity is intended for educators and students to learn about their brain together. The lessons can be applied at any grade level.

Social-Emotional Learning Book List

SEL 101

Social Emotional Learning 101

SEL 201

Social Emotional Learning 201



IDOE was chosen as one of the National Center on School Mental Health’s (NCSMH) National Quality Initiative Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CoIIN) members. NCSMH is the organization that created the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation System (SHAPE system). We are excited for this opportunity to learn from and with school districts from Indiana and other states. The new and improved SHAPE 2.0 (which will now be one assessment instead of two) will go live in August! You can check out a demo here to get oriented. Feel free to sign up as ‘myself’ to be updated on the new release and any upcoming SHAPE news. If you have any questions about this system please contact Kristan Sievers-Coffer, or Jeff Wittman,

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Avon Community School Corporation Spotlight

From Jessica Yoder

Avon Community School Corporations is a Project AWARE grantee, finishing up their first year of increasing awareness, capacity, early identification/intervention, and student/family access to mental health supports through school and community-based initiatives. After hiring a mental health coordinator and four additional social workers, Avon’s Mental Wellness team began clearly defining the role of professionals (school counselors, social workers, behavior consultants, and community partner Cummins’ mental health workers). Intentional conversations about referral procedures and pathways are beginning to provide more clarity for school leaders and families seeking to meet the mental health needs of their students. For more information, please contact Krista Fay, Mental Wellness Coordinator,

The SEL and School Safety Connection

From Steve Balko

The Indiana School Safety Specialist Academy began in 1999, and has continued to evolve and grow over the past 20 years. We are continuing to focus on an all-hazards approach to school safety, and working to ensure that schools have training on the hazards they may face in their buildings. This includes training on social-emotional learning, trauma informed care, and other training on the well-being of school communities across the state. If you wish to become a certified school safety specialist please visit Training will be held on November 11 and 12 with a final day of training occurring on February 17, 2020. Attendance for this training must be approved by your Superintendent, and is limited to five individuals per corporation. Training is provided at no cost to the participant. Additional training opportunities are offered across the state and can be found on the school safety website: If you have any questions regarding school safety, please reach out to Steve Balko, Director of School Building Security at

School Social Workers

From Jeff Wittman

October is bullying prevention month and it serves as a reminder that youth mental health and bullying prevention must be addressed. One way to accomplish effective prevention is through educating ourselves, our communities, and especially the youth that we serve.

November 13 - World Kindness Day

January 28 - February 1 - The Great Kindness Challenge

February 17 - Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 17-23 - Random Acts of Kindness Week

School Nurses

From Jolene Bracale

As students return to school, school nurses are busy ensuring that students have their health care needs met by obtaining medical treatment orders from providers, creating individual health plans for students, training staff, monitoring communicable diseases, and checking the immunization status of students. Below are several important resources to assist school nurses with caring for the needs of the whole child:

· Immunization Questions – Contact Nancy Fetsch at or 317.233.2320

· Communicable Disease Questions – Contact Deanna Paddack, BSN, RN at or 317.234.2379

· Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Health Web page -

· IDOE Moodle Education Platform -

A. Online Courses for School Nurses

B. School Nurse Community of Resources

· IDOE School Nurse Newsletter -

National Association of School Nurses Back-to-School Toolkit

Click here to check out this interactive toolkit!

Chronic Absenteeism

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Attendance Playbook: Smart Solutions for Reducing Chronic Absenteeism

A new report by FutureEd and Attendance Works

The Playbook includes intervention descriptions, research ratings as measured against the four levels of research evidence described in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), links to each study, and schools and districts that are achieving reductions in chronic absence. The list of strategies to reduce chronic absenteeism in the Attendance Playbook is not exhaustive, but it represents a solid sample of the leading work and latest thinking on improving attendance. Click here to look at this new tool.

Educator Wellness

TSC INtegrate 2019 Mindfulness

Upcoming Events

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MTSS Implementation Regional Trainings

Join IDOE for a day of training on how Multi-Tiered Systems of Support can be implemented in your school and/or district. Districts are encouraged to come in teams of two-to-four educators (administrators, general education teachers, student services, and/or special education teachers). Please register at this link for the date and location that works for your team. If you have any questions, please contact Christy Berger.

Expulsion Examiner Training

The Indiana Department of School Improvement will host three training opportunities for expulsion officers. This training will include important information for those who are already serving in this capacity and for those who may be new to the role. An opportunity for questions, scenarios and information on new and long standing laws and protocols will be covered in this four hour training facilitated by a state expert.

Aug. 27, 2019, 11:30-3:30

South Bend Community School Corporation

215 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. BLVD

South Bend, IN 46601

Click here to register

Sept. 3, 2019, 11:30-3:30

South Indiana Education Center

1102 Tree Lane Drive

Jasper, IN 47546

Click here to register

Midwest Region PK12 Title IX Conference

Indianapolis Public Schools was successful in a bid to host a Midwest region PK12 school district led by the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA). A nationally recognized attorney with ATIXA will provide three days of specific content including athletic equity, compliance with law, and protection for students. Participants will receive certification in PK12 Title IX Administration if they attend all three days.

The conference will be September 11-13. Indianapolis Public Schools is hosting this conference in an effort to provide effective training for PK-12 colleagues, especially right here in Indiana.

For More Information Contact:

Kim Kennedy |Paralegal & Title IX Coordinator

Indianapolis Public Schools |120 E. Walnut St., Indianapolis, IN 46204