SEBW Monthly January 2020 Edition


Model Examples Needed!

IDOE’s Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness team needs your help! We would like to gather example SEL teaching calendars and SEL implementation action plans to share with all Indiana schools.

Upload examples of SEL calendars here

Upload examples of SEL strategic implementation plans here

Video: SEL for Parents

As students spend time with their families during the holidays, ’tis the season to help parents and caregivers better understand what SEL is… and what they can do at home to help their children practice their SEL skills. Short videos in English and Spanish. (

Making SEL More Relevant to Teens

Three social and emotional learning activities that are designed to address high school students’ need for status and respect.

By Amy Eva

SEL Teaching Tips

The Path to a Healthy Mind

Center Founder and Director Richard Davidson presented at TEDxSanFrancisco, where he spoke about the path to a healthy mind.

A growing body of research – both at the Center and across the scientific community – suggests a few minutes of mental training per day can change the brain and improve well-being. Our brain’s wiring is not fixed — it is adaptable. This is known as neuroplasticity.

Click here to view this video.


Indiana Center on Teacher Quality

An Introduction to Restorative Practices is a presentation that includes a rationale that provides an overview for application and implementation in schools. Click here to start the presentation.

International Institute for Restorative Practices

All humans are hardwired to connect. Just as we need food, shelter and clothing, human beings also need strong and meaningful relationships to thrive. Restorative practices is an emerging social science that studies how to strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within communities. Click here to watch IIRP answer the question, What Is Restorative Practice?

Title Con 2018 - MTSS, RTI, PBIS and Inclusion: Similarities and Differences
From Jess Yoder

Suicide Prevention Webinar

A newly-released webinar focusing on suicide prevention and what local Indiana schools are doing for prevention can be found here. This webinar is the product of a partnership between the Indiana Youth Institute and IDOE through use of Project AWARE grant funding by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Please note, this webinar does not meet the requirement for suicide prevention training required for initial Indiana licensure or ongoing training.

School Social Workers

School Counselor's

January Newsletter

Click here to connect to your newsletter from Michelle Clarke, School Counseling Specialist

SHAPE System

School and Districts can use SHAPE to:

*Document service array and multi-tiered services and supports

*Advance a data-driven mental health process including strategic team planning and custom reports

*Access target resources to help advance school mental health quality and sustainability *Increase opportunities for federal, state and local grants.

*Clink on the link below to read more.

School Nurses

From Jolene Bracale

Immunization Report Card

On December 20, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) distributed a Vaccination Coverage Report Card to all Indiana school corporations regarding the data each school has submitted into the Children and Hoosier Immunization Registry Program (CHIRP) for students in grades K, 6, and 12. For a variety of reasons, there may be instances where the school immunization data does not match the data sent to schools in the Vaccination Coverage Report Card. To learn more about this report and why a discrepancy might exist, please click here. For question regarding your report, please contact ISDH at or at 1.800.701.0704.

20 Percent Absenteeism Rule

· *Mandatory report due once a school reaches the 20 percent absentee rate

· *Report is due each day an individual school reaches this threshold

· *Link to submit a report can be found here

· *20 percent absentee rate must be reported, but a mandatory school closure is not required

· *School closure is determined by the local health department

Conference for 504 coordinators, school nurses, and food service personnel

· “Navigating Special Dietary Needs”

· Tuesday, March 3, 2020 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
· No charge
· Location – Lebanon, Indiana
· Topics for discussion – laws regarding accommodations for special dietary needs, 504 Plans, Individual Health Plans, role of school personnel
· Joint session for all three job categories (504 coordinators, school nurses, and food service personnel), plus breakout times for each group
· Flyer and link to register can be found here

New Hepatitis A Requirement

· Two Hepatitis A immunizations will be required for all students in grades K-12 for the 2020-2021 school year

· Closes the gap for student in grades 9-11

· Letters for parents and providers can be found in the DOE Moodle, in the School Nurse Community of Resources, in the Immunization folder

New Document Regarding Varicella

· New document – “Varicella FAQ’s for Schools”

· Document can be found in the DOE Moodle, in the School Nurse Community of Resources, under the Communicable Disease Section, in the Outbreaks folder

Free Lead Testing in School and Child Care Drinking Water

· Program covers the cost of sampling bottles, postage, and sample analysis

· Schools and child care facilities are responsible for collecting samples and costs associated with any remediation actions identified by sampling

· Applications are due by January 17 and can be found here

The SEL and School Safety Connection

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Federal Funding Streams and Strategies to Improve Conditions for Learning: A Resource Guide for States

This guide outlines the federal funding sources that can be accessed (and often coordinated or combined) to support state efforts to improve the conditions for learning, and identifies strategies that state leaders might pursue as they begin to enter into partnerships to improve conditions for learning. Click here to view this resource.

Chronic Absenteeism

Every Day Matters!

Below is an excellent parent flyer that gives practical and useful tips to start the new year off right and establish good patterns that support positive attendance behaviors.

Promoting Good Attendance All Winter Long - Sample Winter Weather Parent Letter

Every winter, bad weather — snow, slush, freezing temperatures or even heavy rains in warmer climates — can present challenges to getting children to school. So do the colds, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months. Click here to look at a sample letter from Attendance Works.


Multiple school transfers contribute to high absenteeism among foster students. Transportation snags pose barriers for some foster students. Read more in the link below.

Upcoming Events

Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is searching for volunteers to interview prospective recipients of the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship. This scholarship provides 200 applicants a $7,500 scholarship (renewable up to 4 times for up to $30,000) toward their education to become a Hoosier teacher. The interview day details are as follows:

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Ivy Tech Community College – Illinois Fall Creek Center

2535 North Capitol Ave

Indianapolis, IN 46204

From: 8:30 AM-3:30 PM ET

**Breakfast and lunch will be provided**

**7 PGP points will be awarded to all volunteers**


Courtney Hott
Director of Legislation and Program Implementation
Indiana Commission for Higher Education
101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204

W: 317-232-1069

Youth Action Day!

Monday, January 27, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Indiana State House, Third Floor Atrium

Guest Speakers: Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and Moses Jones

Who: Indiana youth interested in amplifying their voices in support of tobacco-free and vape-free lifestyles

What: Learn what's being done to reduce youth vaping and educate and collaborate with Indiana's state leaders; Get equipped to dispel the myths related to vaping/ juuling in Indiana; Recognize what you can do in your local communities to educate peers and advocate for a change

Lunch will be provided for those registered, and T-shirts are available for youth who attend. Space is limited.

Register here

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Fostering Resilient Learners

3/5/20 - Trauma Invested Institute for Fostering Resilient Learners; 3/6/20 - Understanding Ourselves; Understanding Others

2020 SEL Exchange

Mark your calendars: The 2020 SEL Exchange will be October 14-16, 2020. Keep an eye out for the call for sessions on January 31, join us monthly for an SEL Exchange webinar series, and subscribe to stay up to date on the latest.


A link to all IDOE newsletters can be found here.


Lisa Truitt

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Specialist

State Attendance Officer