Wellness

As a school leader you  advance an environment in which the well-being and safety of everyone in the learning community is intentionally fostered and nurtured.

Explore the many sessions you can attend led by your peers. Walk away with ways to lead members of your school to focus on wellness in all its aspects – social, emotional, physical, and safety.

NPC21 will inspire each of us—to cultivate wellness, innovate, and fight for equity in education and our practice. Click here to see the complete conference schedule.

Concurrent Sessions

Let Us Give You a Piece of Our Mind…

Level: K–12

Join NASSP 2021 Principal of the Year Richard Gordon and the 2021 Principal of the Year finalists, Michelle Kefford and Adam Clemons, as they share on the very important topic of wellness in schools. These leaders will share testimonials on how they have addressed relationships, collaboration, management, and student-centeredness—all while leading their schools during COVID-19. Gordon will focus on the importance of establishing a strong culture of acceptance and support when discussing mental health. Clemons will focus on the importance of collaboration and leaning on one another from a staff perspective. Kefford will focus on social-emotional learning initiatives that have proven to be successful.

Presenters

  • Richard Gordon
    NASSP 2021 Principal of the Year and Principal, Paul Robeson High School for Human Services, Philadelphia, PA
  • Michelle Kefford
    NASSP 2021 Principal of the Year Finalist and Principal, Hutchison Career Center Fairbanks, AK
  • Adam Clemons
    NASSP 2021 Principal of the Year Finalist and Principal, Piedmont High School Piedmont, AL

Supporting an Entire School Community Through a Comprehensive Social-Emotional Learning Plan

Level: K–12

Stress, anxiety, poor body image, and depression are some issues impacting mental and emotional health in schools. Understanding and helping to manage emotions for positive outcomes is a priority at Ridge View High School in Richland School District Two in South Carolina. The school uses a comprehensive social-emotional learning (SEL) plan to provide needed support for mental and emotional fitness and wellness. Working together, the Ridge View SEL Committee, composed of the school psychologist, social worker, school counselors, teachers, support staff, administrators, and parents developed the plan.

Presenters

  • Brenda Mack-Foxworth
    Principal, Ridge View High School, Columbia, SC
  • Brandon Ross
    Assistant Principal, Ridge View High School, Columbia, SC
  • Melissa Myers
    Assistant Principal, Ridge View High School, Columbia, SC
  • Mike Young
    Assistant Principal, Ridge View High School, Columbia, SC

Mental Health First Aid: Is It for My School Community?

Level: K–12

Participants will review the outcomes of Mental Health First Aid National Certification (Youth and Teen) as well as several other Mental Health Education programs. With the effects of the global pandemic wreaking havoc on the overall well-being of our entire school communities, having the right mental health education/engagement program is critical in ensuring support and confidence.

Presenter

  • Kristina MacBury
    Principal, Sarah Pyle Academy, Wilmington, DE

Achieve, Behave, Belong: A Schoolwide Approach to Fostering All Students’ Academic, Behavioral, and Social-Emotional Development

Level: K–12

Creating an environment in which all students achieve academic success, meet behavioral expectations, and feel a sense of belonging is a matter of providing integrated and responsive instruction. By integrating the teaching of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional skills within all aspects of the educational program and remaining responsive to the varied needs of the entire student population, schools create learning environments in which all students achieve, behave, and belong. Whether you are new to RtI/MTSS or an experienced practitioner, the insights and resources offered will provide the guidance needed to increase the effectiveness of your processes and practices.

Presenters

  • Lisa Young
    School Psychologist, St. Louis Special School District, Town and Country, MO
  • Chris Colgren
    Assistant Principal, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Wildwood, MO

Youth Vaping and Tobacco Use: What Principals Need to Know for a Return to In-Person Schooling

Level: K–12

With a hopeful return to in-person learning in the fall, principals will need to turn their attention to another public health emergency—the use of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, by youth. Youth e-cigarette use continues to be an epidemic, with 3.6 million U.S. kids using e-cigarettes, including 1 in 5 high school students (19.6%). There is also concern among leading public health organizations and experts that smokers and e-cigarette users may be at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. To protect our students’ health, youth smokers and e-cigarette users need to make every effort to quit. In this session, you will hear from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids about current youth tobacco use, the efforts underway to address it, and how principals can get involved. You will also hear from a principal on the efforts they have undertaken in their school to address youth tobacco use.

Presenters

  • Caroline Goncalves Jones
    Director of Advocacy and Outreach for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Washington, D.C.
  • Mark Mischke
    Principal, Buffalo High School, Buffalo, MN

Learn. Lead. Serve: Leverage Rounding, Team Problem-Solving, and Workforce Engagement to Improve Learning Systems

Level: Middle Level

The emphasis is on connection, collaboration, celebration, and cohesive systems of continual improvement. This presentation will provide participants with meaningful, theory-based, and manageable student/staff engagement methods focused on utilizing the voice of the teacher to improve organizational outcomes. Takeaways from this presentation will benefit assistant principals and lead principals alike. They will gain meaningful, manageable, and replicable ways to engage your teachers to solve problems before they happen, recognize and reward expected behaviors, and meet the basic needs of teachers by asking the right questions in a systemic and systematic manner.

Presenter

  • Jeremy Braden
    Principal, Urbandale Middle School, Urbandale, IA

Creating a Relationship-Based Culture for Student Success

Level: High School

The presentation will give tangible tools and strategies for school leaders to utilize in their own school to help create a safe and positive environment for students and staff with a focus on sense of belonging. Luke Rasmussen, the 2019 Utah Principal of the Year and president-elect of the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and his team will present how they implemented schoolwide systems that intentionally created relationships with students through research-based strategies and led to success at Ogden High School, specifically student’s social-emotional learning and overall positive school culture.

Presenters

  • Luke D. Rasmussen
    Executive Director, Secondary Schools, Ogden School District, Ogden, UT
  • Shauna Haney
    Principal, Ogden High School, Ogden, UT
  • Heather Gerrard
    Assistant Principal, Ogden High School, Ogden, UT

Emphasizing a Culture of Wellness As We Reclaim the Urban American High School

Level: High School

This presentation will focus on an urban high school’s journey from “corrective action” to “good standing” status. Disciplinary incidents were reduced by 70% as a result of a whole school redesign where students are teamed by career academies they select. Successful student engagement strategies will be detailed including the introduction of innovations such as “one lunch” for all students and the “texting principal.” Developing an accountability system that is data driven, using a formalized continuous improvement process, and demanding growth that leads to a positive educational focus will also be discussed.

Presenters

  • Susan S. Kessler
    Principal, Hunters Lane High School, Nashville, TN
  • April Snodgrass
    Assistant Principal, Hunters Lane High School, Nashville, TN