Indiana Institute on Disability and Community's Indiana School Mental Health Initiative to host the stateâ€™s first Educating the Whole Child Summit
School districts across Indiana have recognized the need to build the capacity and address the development of the whole child as it relates to his/her social, emotional, physical, and cognitive wellbeing. Simply stated, stressed brains do not learn the same as brains that can emotionally regulate and connect to a sense of purpose. When these indicators go unrecognized or there is a lack of knowledge about their effects on learning and behavior, children and youth experiencing adversity and high levels of stress are often identified or mislabeled as having behavior, discipline, and/or learning issues within the school setting.
â€śSocial and emotional health supports are key to better understanding and meeting our students' needs,â€ť said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. â€śWe are excited to partner with the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative and work to develop effective practices and professional development opportunities which will enhance our schools' mental health efforts.â€ť
There is a growing crisis within childrenâ€™s mental health:
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 19.8% of Indiana high school students seriously considered suicide in 2015, which was the third highest rate in the nation.
- By 2030, the World Health Organization states that depression will be the number 1 global health risk.
- Indianaâ€™s Educating the Whole Child Summit aims to share best and promising practices from across Indiana and nationally on how school districts and their community partners are adopting practices and policies to support students and school personnel within existing school frameworks and initiatives.
Featured presenters include:
- Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indianaâ€™s Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Tyrone Martinez-Black, Policy and Practice Specialist for the Collaborative for Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
- Dr. Elizabeth Connors, Director of Quality Improvements at the National Center for School Mental Health (CSMH), University of Maryland