The School Health and Wellness Symposium is an opportunity for participants to obtain critical professional development and updates around health education including teaching strategies, content knowledge, community-based resources, parent engagement strategies, teaching materials and networking to share best practices. The Symposium will cover a range of health topics and include a variety of dynamic speakers working on wellness in the District. The Symposium will build upon the success of the inaugural Health Professional Development Day, integrate the Teacher Wellness Symposium, and include partnerships with other division teams, government agencies and community based organizations.
Day 1 Morning Concurrent Sessions
Track 1 - PE & Nutrition
Engaging Students in Farm to School and School Gardens presented by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. This session will include an overview of farm to school and school gardens. Attendees will learn how easy it is to engage students in farm to school and school garden programs from OSSE’s program specialists as well as schools that have created model programs large and small. If you’re looking for a way to bolster your classroom lessons with hands-on learning, this session is for you!
Track 2 - Health Education
Putting Standards into Practice: Implementing the 2016 DC Health Education Standards presented by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. This interactive session will allow participants to become familiar with implementing the 2016 DC Health Education Standards. Participants will learn best practices and utilize tools such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool to aid in aligning, adapting, and selecting appropriate health curricula. The activities within this session will provide practical skills that will assist in improving the quality of health instruction and programming within educational settings.
Track 3 - Policy & Program Planning
Self-Care Wellness: How to Prevent Burn Out in Your Field presented by the Department of Behavioral Health. This session will discuss steps to establishing and maintaining wellness for oneself while serving your target population.
Track 4 - Health Services (multiple presentations)
See Something, Say Something, Do Something: What’s in your toolbox? Access and Referral Services for SUD presented by the Department of Behavioral Health: This session will focus on providing an in-depth overview of DBH’s Substance Use Disorders Division’s efforts in addressing substance use from the point of prevention to treatment and to recovery.
Healthy Youth Resource Guide and Online Referral System Tracking presented by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. This presentation will educate school staff and community partners on connecting their students to adolescent health and support services by utilizing the Healthy Youth Resource Guide and Online Referral Tracking System. Upon completion of this presentation, each attendee will receive a copy of the Healthy Youth Resource Guide and receive skills in utilizing the Online Referral Tracking System.
Track 5 - Early Childhood Center
Brain Development and the Impact of Trauma: This presentation will include partners from Turnaround for Children and Children’s National Health System and will focus on early childhood brain development and the impact of trauma. Presenters will discuss ways to mitigate the impact of trauma on the early childhood population.
Day 1 Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
Track 1 - PE & Nutrition
Increasing Physical Activity in Schools presented by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. This session will explore the physical education and physical activity components of the Healthy Schools Act (2010). This interactive workshop will provide participants with a number of resources and tools for increasing physical activity before, during, and after school. Participants will move, brainstorm, and share ideas with others.
Track 2 - Health Education
Trauma Informed Classrooms presented by the Department of Behavioral Health. This presentation is ideal for teachers and all staff in educational settings. It defines trauma, differentiates between trauma and grief, describes Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), describes how trauma may be exhibited in the classroom, examines the phases of the acting out cycle, and identifies prevention and early intervention strategies.
Track 3 - Policy & Program Planning
Transgender Policy Guidance presented by DC Public Schools. Participants of this session will explore the resources in the DCPS Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Policy Guidance, and delve into underlying content areas, including understanding gender identity/expression, exploring risk factors facing transgender and gender-nonconforming students, and examining laws and policies governing DC schools. Participants also will gain an understanding of the spirit behind the laws, allowing them to make informed decisions and employ best practices while working in schools.
Track 4 - Health Services
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model presented by the Department of Health and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. This session will include an overview of the WSCC model and participants will learn about what DOH and OSSE are doing to support schools within this framework. Additionally, school and child care center staff will learn more about their role in supporting student health and wellness.
Track 5 - Early Childhood Centers
Let’s Take Action! Wellness Policy Development and Implementation for Child Care Facilities presented by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In this session, participants will gain a better understanding of health and wellness policies and learn how to develop and implement them in their early care and education (ECE) facility.
Day 2 Certification Sessions
1. Mental Health First Aid Certification (8 hours)
The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents, including anxiety, depression, psychosis, eating disorders, disruptive behavior disorders (including ADHD), and substance use disorder.
2. Safety Skills and First Aid Topics
- Epi-Pen: Anaphylaxis Management Education – 1.5 hours
This certification will teach what educators should know about food allergy safety in schools and other youth serving institutions, including how to recognize the symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction and how to administer emergency epinephrine.
- CPR /AED Training – 1 hour – tentative
This training will discuss the CPR in Schools Training Kit™ which enables students to learn the lifesaving skills of CPR in just one class period. Plus, the kit teaches AED use and choking relief. The easy-to-use kit is designed specifically for the needs of schools.
3. Sexual and Reproductive Health Topics
- Stewards of Children- Sexual Abuse training- 2 hours
Stewards of Children® is a prevention training program that teaches adults how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Stewards of Children® incorporates survivor stories, expert advice, and practical guidance with group discussion. Topics covered include how to talk about safety with children, minimize the opportunity for abuse, ask about signs, and have open conversations about abuse. Every participant receives a workbook to create their personal prevention plan.
- DOH-HAHSTA Reproductive Services/Wrap MC Certification – 1.5 hours
The Wrap Master of Condoms (MC) Program is an initiative of The Department of Health-HAHSTA, DC Public Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education that aims to help District youth make responsible, healthy choices about sex. The Program ensures that all persons distributing condoms to young people, either in the schools or the community, have been provided with accurate and up-to-date information on condoms and their use. This certification session will also provide participants with information on other Sexual and Reproductive Health Services offered by HAHSTA.
4. Early Care Education Center Topics
- Best Practices in Healthy Meal Preparation (3 hours)
In this session, the presenter will share best practices in delivering healthy food demonstrations that are appropriate for adults serving children aged 2-5 years old and share tips on parent engagement, cognitive and physical development, and children story telling.
- Social/Emotional Learning and Health Education Workshop (3 hours)
In this workshop the presenter will share five (5) essential competencies of social/emotional learning and explore how these competences shall be taught and modeled in the ECE and pre-school settings and be based off of the Great Body Shop curriculum.
- Health and physical education teacher(s)
- School nurse or health care provider(s)
- School counselor, psychologist, or social worker
- School resource officer(s)
- Community-based service provider(s)
Coffee and tea will be served during breakfast; lunch will be provided.
For more information or questions, please contact the Healthy Schools and Wellness Programs Team at [email protected].