This successful grant application to the US Department of Education combined structured play during recess with school-based counseling and school social work services to strengthen social, emotional, and behavioral health wellness. Inclusion and school climate skyrocketed, attendance increased, and rates of discipline declined.
James Wogan, LCSW was the lead author and project coordinator for this successful SEL program.
Based on data, PBIS was applied through an equity lens to serve historically underserved communities. The district hired 3.0 FTE” “Social Work Specialists” and expanded support for MTSS Tier 2 and Tier 3 students. Parents from diverse backgrounds strengthen their connection with school.
Staff members straddled the school day and worked in the after school program as well, therefore were present when parents picked up their children.
Example for others to build upon.
We met or exceeded target goals and outcome measures.
James Wogan, LCSW
Ichi-go Ichi-ē. Ichi-go ichi ē. “One meeting, one chance.” This moment is precious. Even if we read this exact same post tomorrow, at the same time, in the same place, on the same phone, we can’t recreate an identical encounter with each other that is happening right now.
“We shall arrive at the place we started, and know the place for the first time.”
– T.S. Elliot, The Four Quartets
It takes artists years to draw a perfect circle. The process teaches us that there’s no such thing as “perfect.” The “flaws” make each of our circles unique. Life goes in circles.