School Wellness

Professional Learning

The NYC DOE Wellness Policy strongly encourages all schools to establish a School Wellness Council. A School Wellness Council is an advisory team focused on the health and well-being of students, families, staff, and the wider school community. Led by diverse members in the school community, including students, families, school staff, and community members, wellness councils prioritize physical education and health education as the cornerstones of school wellness. Wellness councils collaborate to assess the wellness of the school environment, create and implement action plans as a part of schoolwide wellness initiatives, and support the implementation of Citywide and school-level wellness policies. The School Wellness Council Program provides various supports for schools, including an annual grant program that provides funds ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 to start and strengthen councils, as well as comprehensive professional learning opportunities for school communities interested in learning more about the benefits and processes to start and sustain a wellness council.

Questions? Email wellnesscouncil@schools.nyc.gov

Partner-led trainings are indicated by this logo:

School Wellness Council Grant Program Information Session

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

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: None

This session will review the process for applying to the 2018-19 School Wellness Council Grant Program. Participants will learn about the components of the grant application, how to navigate the Wellness Portal to start or complete their application and review the grant rubric.

Registration:

Fri. 09.21.18: Brooklyn 1:00 - 3:00 p.m

Tue. 09.25.18: Bronx 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (cancelled)

Tue. 09.25.18: Bronx TBD 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (cancelled)

Fri. 10.04.18: Queens

Think-Move-Achieve Resource Expo

School Wellness Council Grant Program Orientation

Target Audience: By invitation only. 2018-19 School Wellness Council Implementation Grant Schools. At least one School Wellness Council champion is required to attend.

Prerequisite: 2018-19 Implementation Grant recipients

CTLE Hours: TBD

This session will orient participants to the School Wellness Council grant program, including portal navigation, requirements of the grant, and budget management. Following the orientation, participants will learn how wellness councils can work together to assess the wellness environment in their schools, and develop and implement wellness programs and policies. Attending the full day orientation will help Implementation Schools meet the elective training requirement of the grant program.

Registration:

Tue. 11.06.18: TBD

Think-Move-Achieve Conference for Physical and Health Educators

School Wellness Council Basics I: Creating a Council and Implementing Wellness Programs

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

Prerequisite: None

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

This session will review best practices for building an active and diverse council. The session is best for participants who want to establish an effective School Wellness Council or want to take a bigger role in leading their wellness council. Participants will review how to build buy-in for starting or strengthening their council, assess their school’s wellness environment, developing and implementing action plans to achieve wellness goals. Participants will also learn about the NYC DOE Wellness Policy.

Registration:

Wed. November: Queens

Thur. 12.13.18: Manhattan

Wed. January: Brooklyn

Thur. March: Manhattan

Wed. April: Staten Island

Thur. May: Brooklyn

School Wellness Council Basics II: Developing Leadership Skills, Building Partnerships and Resources

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

Prerequisite: School Wellness Council Basics I

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

This session builds on School Wellness Council Basics I and will review strategies for expanding and sustaining an active and diverse council. The session is best for participants who want to build sustainable structures within their wellness council, leveraging their leadership skills and community partnership networks. Participants will learn inspired leadership and communication skills to motivate their wellness council, partnership mapping skills to identify community based resources, and tools and information to develop and implement school-level policies. In addition, participants will learn grant writing skills to secure additional resources to support their wellness council.

Registration:

Thur. December: Bronx

Wed. 01.16.19: Staten Island

Thur. 01.24.19: Brooklyn

Thur. March: Manhattan

Wed. April: Staten Island

Thur. May: Brooklyn

Seed-to-Table Training with Edible Schoolyard

Target Audience: Grades K-8 School Wellness Council members, including teachers, administrators, parent coordinators, families, students, CBO staff, and others.

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

Food Justice Training with Teens for Food Justice

Target Audience: School Wellness Council members, including teachers, administrators, parent coordinators, families, students, CBO staff, and others.

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:

Registration links coming soon

Leadership Pathway Training: Sustaining School Wellness Councils with Cairn Guidance

Target Audience: Grades K-12 School Wellness Council Champions and Members

Prerequisite: At least one other School Wellness Council training, School Wellness Grant recipient for at least two years

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model is a guiding framework that many schools and districts use to work on wellness of students and the school community. A School Wellness Council is a key component of the framework’s implementation and sustaining a school wellness initiative. An engaging full-day training helps build participants’ knowledge and skills around developing, leading, facilitating, and sustaining a School Wellness Council (SWC). Using resources, tools, meeting agenda ideas, and activities that specifically address resistance and how to create buy-in, participants plan next steps for recruiting and gaining school and community support. Finally, participants take part in and practice leading activities they can bring back to their school community.

Registration:

Tue. 10.30.18:

Email wellnesscouncil@schools.nyc.gov for registration information.

Leadership Pathway Training: Leading Teams to Success

Target Audience: Physical and health education teacher leaders and School Wellness Council teacher leaders

Prerequisite: PE Basics I and II; or a PE Facilitator training; or Health Education Basics I and II; or a previous School Wellness Council training

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

In partnership with DARE consulting, this training helps participants learn the key skills of the Kaleidoscope Method of team development. The method enables leaders to identify goals based on the most powerful leverage points for change, generate ownership and enthusiasm among all team members, and use the strengths of each team member to innovate and assess progress towards success. The method has been recognized by the UN and Senior members of the Obama administration as model process for positive change.

Leadership Pathway Training: Advocacy for Positive Change

Target Audience: Physical and health education teacher leaders and School Wellness Council teacher leaders

Prerequisite: PE Basics I and II; or a PE Facilitator training; or Health Education Basics I and II; or a previous School Wellness Council training

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

In partnership with DARE consulting, this training helps participants learn how to advocate effectively in ways that build ownership, excitement and support for their initiatives. Skills will focus on effective communication, empathy-development, marketing mindset, and strategic relationship-building. This session will enable participants to walk away with an action plan, new skills, and specific tools and strategies tailored to their own individual contexts.

Leadership Pathway Training: Leading with Emotional Intelligence

Target Audience: Grades K-12 physical and health education teachers and School Wellness Council champions

Prerequisite: PE Basics I and II, Professional Learning Community (PLC) Facilitator or Health Education Basics I and II, or previous School Wellness Council training and grant recipient

CTLE Hours: 5 hours, 20 minutes

Emerging leaders will learn about the concept of Emotional Intelligence in relation to the CASEL 5 competencies, the SEL framework used in NYC and NY state schools, in an engaging co-constructed professional learning experience. Using the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence’s RULER framework for defining emotional intelligence, participants will explore the following:

• Recognizing emotions in self and others

• Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions

• Labeling emotions with a varied and accurate vocabulary

• Expressing emotions in socially and culturally relevant ways

• Regulating emotions effectively

Practices to build emotional intelligence may include forming group agreements, setting emotionally intelligent goals, and giving and receiving emotionally intelligent feedback as a method for continuous improvement in education and management practices.

Registration:

Thur. 02.14.19: TBC

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 three-hour recess training for school staff, offered by Asphalt Green, in partnership with the NYC Department of Education's Office of School Wellness Programs, provides participants with lots of recess games that are great for any indoor or outdoor space, including large and small playgrounds, the auditorium, hallway, cafeteria, and more. Various conflict resolution strategies, as well as techniques to improve transition time, are covered. Staff also learn the most effective way to map out recess activities according to their school’s play spaces.