Tuscola ISD Caring for Students

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School Mental Health Support Specialist

What is Caring for Students program?

The Caring for Students (C4S) program is a Michigan reimbursement program for providing mental and behavioral health services to general education students within the school system. Tuscola ISD believes that taking care of students' mental health increases their ability to engage in both the social and academic aspects of school. In order for students to achieve at their greatest potential, they must be educated in a safe and emotionally healthy environment. This is why the state of Michigan supports Tuscola ISD's initiative through the 31n grant and Caring for Students program to address students individual needs.

This page offers resources, links, materials, and websites that are related to mental health and its importance in the school setting. We hope to build collaboration with other service providers and local agencies to share resources available in the Tuscola area to meet the needs of students, families, and those educating our youth. You can also check us out on Facebook!

To learn more about the Michigan's Caring for Students program:

Michigan Department of Education School Mental Health Resources.

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Social Emotional Learning Competencies

Michigan's Content State Standards which has focused on academics primarily, has now included the Social Emotional Learning competencies to help support a well-rounded education that teaches to the whole child. When caregivers and schools focus on the development of the whole child, utilizing SEL competencies to guide instruction and interactions with children and students, academic achievement improves, as well as the skills needed for college and career readiness. Furthermore, a focus on SEL helps create an environment that enables teachers to teach and students to learn which research shows is necessary for school and life success.

  • Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.

  • Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.

  • Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

  • Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting unwanted or inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.

  • Responsible decision making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.

Contact Us:

Jill Ball, Ed.S.

Instructional Services Coordinator

Main Office


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