NTTAC School-Based Policy
Learning Recordings & Learning Captures
Creating sustainable school mental health systems is a cornerstone of school mental health initiatives. Movements led by local and state leaders across the country ensure coordinated and comprehensive school-based services thrive and meet the needs of school communities. This requires learning how to translate the creative, innovative, and solution-focused work of school-based services for mental health initiatives (e.g., Project AWARE, Safe and Supportive Schools) from the local to the state level. One way to do that? Policy.
Synthesizing themes and wisdom shared from school-based policy peers across the country, this learning capture provides local and state school professionals an introduction to leadership approaches that are essential to school-based mental health policy, with excerpts from voices of experience nationwide.
What are these learning captures?
In April 2021, NTTAC hosted state and local school systems leaders from across the country. These leaders shared their experiences about what issues are most urgent when it comes to school mental health; what policies have been the most helpful for leaders and those they serve; and what youth need most right now (see the archived materials here).
Collaboration, mutuality, and peer support are cornerstone principles of trauma-informed approaches to systems change and successful systems of care. We gathered school leaders from across the country in a two-part discussion and dialogue (August 2021), captured in two learning captures to accompany the recorded discussions.
The four conversations (two panels each) have each been condensed into two learning captures (see below), now downloadable for your learning!
PART 1: The What & Why: Foundations of School-Based Policy
This learning capture is composed of excerpts from the two panels’ discussions that took place on August 24, 2021
In Part 1 (the What & the Why: Foundations), we explored three areas of school-based policy leadership:
- Define: We highlight the rich experiences of local education agencies and district, county, and state leadership to define the needs that policies are intended to address.
- Design: Provide a space for leaders to share the celebrations and challenges of designing policies with students, families, and educators.
- Dismantle: Explore a key and often under-discussed element of school-based policy leadership by examining policies that may be out of date, harmful, or not aligned with the school community’s values.
Recording Links for Both Sessions on August 24th 2021
- Part 1 – Round A: School-Based Services Policy Learning Forum: The What & Why: Foundations
- Part 1 – Round B: School-Based Services Policy Learning Forum: The What & Why: Foundations
PART 2: The Who & How: Implementation
In Part 2 (the Who & The How: Implementing School Based Mental Health Policy), we explored three areas of school-based policy leadership:
- Policy to Practice: Local and state leaders shared the challenges and celebrations in translating a mandate, piece of legislation, resolution or written policy into impactful practice.
- Partnerships and Parity: Leaders shared their relational organizing strategies and approaches to ensuring equal implementation of policies.
- Progress and Possibilities: Leaders shared where and how school-based policy could and should go beyond equal implementation to achieve equitable impact.
Recording Links for Both Sessions of August 26th 2021: