SEBW Monthly from IDOE

November Edition

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Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness


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Jason's Bio:

Jason Murrey is a father and husband. Prior to coming to the Department of Education, Jason was the first full-time state employee dedicated to suicide prevention with the Division of Mental Health and Addictions. Jason completed a Master’s in Education and Mental Health Counseling (IU-2014) and a Bachelor’s of Management (National University, La Jolla, Ca – 2007). He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2003-2010, where Jason specialized in paralegal work and suicide prevention. Jason deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009.

Jason is dedicated to working to improve the status of all Hoosier children and to further along veteran support causes and initiatives. When Jason isn’t working on prevention programming within our schools, he can be found outdoors with his family. Jason appreciates great writing like that of the late and great Stan Lee.

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Meet IDOE's New School Counseling Specialist, Michelle Clarke!

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From Michelle:

This is my 17th year as an educator, I started my career in education as a PE/Health teacher in Lawrence Township. I have been a school counselor at both Craig MS and Belzer MS in Lawrence, Hamilton Heights MS in Arcadia/Cicero, and Director of School Counseling at Noblesville HS. I am excited to continue my career at the Indiana Department of Education as their School Counseling Specialist, with hopes to reach even more students, families and educators.

I live in Noblesville with my husband, Brian, who is an athletic performance coach for D1 Training (former educator as well), along with my 11 year old son, Jack, 8 yr. old daughter, Allie, 5 yr. old son Kellan and 1 year old baby Dottie. My family keeps me super busy but are my absolute pride and joy and my “why” for my profession!

I am very passionate about Social Emotional Learning, Mental Wellness and School Counselor Advocacy. When in the field, I worked hard to help educators and students to see their full potential, and find their way through this crazy thing we call “life”!

I am very excited to be a part of this rock star Social Emotional Behavioral Wellness team at IDOE. I hope my vast experiences as a school counselor will be an asset to this important work we do!

My favorite quote is, "Don't you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can't be exactly who you are!" -Lady Gaga

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MTSS Template

Use the MTSS template to help identify what tier 1, 2, and 3 supports are already in place in your building/ district. This can also be a useful communication tool with all staff members to identify and assigned tiered supports in your building/ district.
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Project Advancing Wellness and Resilience Education (AWARE)

From Jess Yoder
Avon Community School Corporation is a Project AWARE grantee starting their second year of increasing awareness, capacity, early identification/ intervention, and student/ family access to mental health supports through school and community-based initiatives. The school corporation has two full-time employees who are certified instructors in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Building infrastructure will provide direct access to this evidence-based professional development which has shown to improve knowledge, reduce stigmatizing attitudes, and increase first-aid actions toward youth and mental health problems and challenges. For more information, please contact Krista Fay, Mental Wellness Coordinator.
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School Social Workers

Guidance on Universal Screener for Social-Emotional Learning and Mental Health Assessment

This frequently asked questions document addresses issues surrounding universal screeners for social-emotional learning and a mental health assessment. Please contact Christy Berger with any questions.
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Check out the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation (SHAPE) System website. Each tab contains free interactive tools designed to improve accountability, excellence, and sustainability in schools, districts, and states.
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Chronic Absenteeism

Holiday Messaging

All families want what is best for their children, but they don’t always realize how absences can add up to academic problems. Sometimes they allow children to miss school when it’s not absolutely necessary. This often happens before and after the fall and winter holidays, as families try to squeeze a few more days out of the vacation season. At the same time, results of a parent survey suggest that families would be willing to shorten vacations if they believe the absences are affecting academic success. Principals and teachers have an opportunity to reduce holiday absences by ensuring that parents and students understand the toll that absenteeism takes on achievement.

  • Send a letter out before Thanksgiving and again in the weeks before the longer winter break urging students and families to avoid absences.

  • Stress that teachers will be teaching every day and that children will miss out on instruction if they do not show up. Remind them that a homework packet does not take the place of classroom learning and interaction.

  • Encourage teachers to talk to students about the importance of showing up in the days before and after the holiday break.
  • Plan a special event for the first day after the holiday break. If possible, create a contest or find ways to recognize good attendance. If the school or teachers are equipped to text parents, send a text right before school starts again to remind them of special plans.

Upcoming Events

Announcing a free two-part webinar series on vaping!

Presented by:

The Great Lakes ATTC, the Great Lakes MHTTC, and the Great Lakes PTTC are funded by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to provide training and technical assistance to the addiction treatment and recovery services workforce in Health and Human Services Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.

Part 1
Vaping: Health Effects and Program Spotlight—CATCH My Breath

December 5, 2019

Part One Register Here

Join us for a discussion of the health effects of vaping and strategies to combat it. In Part 1, our presenters:

  • Outline exactly what E-cigarettes are
  • Explore the youth vaping epidemic
Introduce CATCH My Breath as one solution

Part 2

Vaping: CATCH My Breath Program in Action

December 11, 2019

Part Two Register Here

Learn how one Wisconsin school district partners with the county restorative justice program to utilize the evidence-based CATCH my Breath Program to engage with youth caught vaping on school grounds.


Lisa Truitt

Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness Specialist

State Attendance Officer