School Wellness

Professional Learning

A School Wellness Council, led by champions in the school, is an advisory group concerned with the health and well-being of students, staff, and the school community. Members come from the entire school community, including students, school staff, community members, and parents and guardians. School Wellness Councils prioritize physical education and health education as essential cornerstones of school wellness. The DOE’s wellness policies encourage all schools to have a School Wellness Council, and grants to start or strengthen councils, ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, are available at the beginning of the school year. These courses support both existing wellness councils and school communities interested in learning more about the benefits and processes to start and sustain a council.

Questions? Email wellnesscouncil@schools.nyc.gov

School Wellness: Best Practices for School Wellness Councils

Target Audience: Grades K-12 school staff and school community (e.g., parents, CBOs)

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 2 hours

Participants learn about best practices for building and sustaining an effective School Wellness Council. The training reviews facilitating successful meetings, creating project timelines, tracking progress, garnering project support, and keeping council members engaged, as well as ensuring and celebrating their council’s successes.

Registration:

Wed. 01.10.18: Queens

Thur. 02.08.18: Bronx

Wed. 02.28.18: Brooklyn

Tue. 05.17.18: Manhattan

School Wellness: Creating and Implementing Wellness Policies with Your School Wellness Council

Target Audience: Grades K-12 school staff and school community (e.g., parents, CBOs)

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 2 hours

In this session, participants learn to create and successfully implement a school wellness policy. Participants explore federal and local wellness policy to provide a background for their efforts, review examples of policies, and learn how to draft a policy that can help create long-term change in their school. Participants also gather ideas for garnering support from the administration, school staff, students, parents, and the entire school community.

Registration:

Wed. 02.07.18: Queens (session cancelled)

Thur. 02.08.18: Bronx

Mon. 02.12.18: Staten Island

Wed. 02.28.18: Brooklyn (session cancelled)

Thu. 04.26.18: Queens

Tue. 05.17.18: Manhattan

School Wellness: Cultivating Leadership within Your School Wellness Council

Target Audience: Grades K-12 school staff and school community (e.g., parents, CBOs)

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 2 hours

In this session, participants learn strategies to lead their school community in improving and sustaining wellness in their school. Participants learn inspired leadership skills and best practices to establish school and community partnerships and engage stakeholders in their efforts to achieve greater wellness and positive change.

Registration:

Thur. 12.07.17: Staten Island

Tue. 01.23.18: Brooklyn

Wed. 03.14.18: Bronx (session cancelled)

Thu. 04.26.18: Queens

School Wellness: Family and Community Engagement

Target Audience: Grades K-12 school staff and school community (e.g., parents, CBOs)

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 2 hours

In this session, participants learn how to increase parent and community involvement to support and sustain council activities. Participants learn about outreach and engagement strategies to increase public awareness about wellness goals and/or policies, tools to assess interest, and methods to build partnerships.

Registration:

Mon. 5.07.18: Manhattan

Wed. 5.09.18: Brooklyn

School Wellness: A Multi-Pronged Approach to a Healthy School Environment

Target Audience: Grades K-12 school staff and school community (e.g., parents, CBOs)

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

In this training, brought to you by the NYC Department of Education and Food Bank, School Wellness Council members will examine multiple strategies for creating a healthy food environment, including getting buy-in from teachers, parents, and students; challenging stigma; seeking partnerships, changing school policies, and more.

Registration:

Tue. 05.22.18: Manhattan

School Wellness: Grant Writing

Target Audience: Grades K-12 school staff and school community (e.g., parents, CBOs)

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 2 hours

In this session, participants learn to navigate the world of grant writing as a key skill to ensure sustainability of council activities. Participants learn key sections of successful proposals and gain knowledge about the scope and diversity of the funding community and how to respond to various guidelines.

Registration:

Tue. 01.23.18: Brooklyn

Wed. 02.07.18: Queens (session cancelled)

Thur. 03.22.18: Staten Island (session cancelled)

Wed. 04.11.18: Brooklyn

Thur. 04.19.18: Bronx

Tue. 05.01.18: Manhattan

School Wellness Portal

Target Audience: Grades K-12 school staff and school community (e.g., parents, CBOs)

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 2 hours

In this session, School Wellness Council members, school staff, and community members learn the basic components of building and sustaining a School Wellness Council as well as strategies for successfully meeting and managing grant requirements throughout the year. Learn how to utilize the Wellness Scorecard to identify wellness challenges, create an action plan and budget that addresses school needs, and connect with resources to support the health and wellness of the school community in a comprehensive and sustainable way.

Registration:

Thur. 01.18.18: Staten Island (session cancelled)

Thur. 04.19.18: Bronx

Tue. 05.01.18: Manhattan (session cancelled)

Recess Enhancement Training with Asphalt Green

Target Audience: Any K-5 school staff supporting recess in their school, including school aides, teachers, administrators

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 3 hours

This 3-hour training for school staff, offered in partnership with Asphalt Green, focuses on enhancing and supporting recess periods in schools. Participants will learn recess games that are great for any indoor or outdoor space, including large and small playgrounds, the auditorium, hallway, and cafeteria, as well as various conflict resolution strategies, techniques to improve transition time, and the most effective way to map out recess activities according to their school’s play spaces.

Registration:

Tues. 05.22.18: Bronx

Seed-to-Table Training with Edible Schoolyard

Target Audience: School Wellness Council members, including teachers, administrators, parent coordinators, parents, students, CBO staff, and more

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

This training, brought to you by the NYC Department of Education and Edible Schoolyard, will help School Wellness Council members gain the confidence and skills needed to begin or deepen seed-to-table programming and its accompanying community outreach at their school. The training will include modules on the following:

1. Starting and Maintaining a Growing Space

2. Growing and Gardening with Students

3. Cooking with Students

4. Family and Community Engagement

5. Cafeteria Initiatives

Registration:

Wed. 05.16.18: Brooklyn

Food Justice Training with Teens for Food Justice

Target Audience: School Wellness Council members, including teachers, administrators, parent coordinators, parents, students, CBO staff, and more

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

In this training, brought to you by the NYC Department of Education and Teens for Food Justice, School Wellness Council members will learn ways to empower youth through food justice advocacy. Participants will engage in hands-on activities on growing food using hydroponics and other urban agricultural techniques, and will also examine ways to engage families, school administrators, and community members in their work.

Registration:

Tue. 06.19.18: Bronx

Creating Healthy Food Environments Training with Coalition for Healthy School Food

Target Audience: School Wellness Council members, including teachers, administrators, parent coordinators, parents, students, CBO staff, and more

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

In this training, brought to you by the NYC Department of Education and Coalition for Healthy School Food, School Wellness Council members will explore healthy food environments and ways to use their Council to build a stronger connection between school food, health, advocacy, and academic performance. Through this training, participants will gain knowledge about available gardening and nutrition education resources, learn new food marketing and promotion strategies, and receive tips on creating policy-level changes at their school.

Registration:

Thurs. 05.24.18: Brooklyn

Food Marketing and Family & Community Engagement Training with Wellness in the Schools (WITS)

Target Audience: School Wellness Council members, including teachers, administrators, parent coordinators, parents, students, CBO staff, and more

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

This training, brought to you by the NYC Department of Education and Wellness in the Schools (WITS), will help School Wellness Council members strengthen their food marketing and family and community engagement work. At this training, participants will examine creative ways to attract students to the lunch line, review the steps to hosting their very own Family and Fun Fitness Night, and will learn how to navigate the NYC SchoolFood system in order to bring changes to their cafeteria.

Registration:

Wed. 05.30.18: Manhattan