Supporting the Whole Child

Action Team Goals:

Schools should ensure that students and teachers have a voice in issues that matter to them to support better relationships and engagement.

All are welcome to join us for upcoming meetings:

Friday, September 28 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM (location TBA)

Friday, November 9 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM (location TBA)

Meeting 4 Recap

  • The meeting began with a screening of the documentary “Healing Justice” by Dr. Shakti Butler, which details the current state of our criminal justice system, the school-to-prison pipeline, and the need for restorative healing practices

  • The team discussed the results of a survey of teachers conducted by team member Elizabeth Tallman about their experiences with school discipline (Overwhelmingly, the teachers surveyed said they wanted more training and specific strategies to use in the classroom regarding emotional and behavioral health)

  • The team underwent a voting and workshopping process to narrow down project ideas proposed from the group in prior meetings

  • The chosen project will focus on creating curriculum and programming for teachers, students, and the community that encourages conversations around emotional health, trauma, and restorative justice practice

  • The team also plans to use student-created art projects that illustrate students’ experiences with school discipline while explaining restorative justice practices that can also be used as a mediation and reconciliation tool

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Meeting 3 Recap

  • Group members identified project ideas for each of the four categories

    • integrate trauma informed models

    • implement restorative justice practices

    • provide increased mental health professionals in schools

    • create student support groups with trained staff

  • Participants agreed on the focus area “Implement restorative justice practices”

  • Group consensus was that members want to hear from teachers and students directly before making any decisions around project goals and work scope

  • Participants made plans for student and teacher outreach to inform next group meeting

Meeting 2 Recap

  • Participants outlined what services already exist in the community to support student emotional and mental health needs

  • The group dived deeper into what we know and need to learn more about in terms of

    • TennCare support

    • access to care for undocumented students

    • roles of counselors and therapists in schools

    • discipline methods used in schools and classrooms

Meeting 1 Recap

  • Participants explored what we need to think about when supporting the “whole child” and what makes a child “whole”

  • The group determined the opportunities and challenges faced in ensuring mental and emotional health needs are supported

  • Rondell Crier is collecting student experiences through meetings with young people in our community

  • We will be setting up a meeting Karen Glenn, the director of the STARS program, to better understand current restorative justice practice and training provided by HCDE

  • The team will build out a work scope for the chosen project

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