Schools should not have to worry about finding resources that would be acceptable to their team members to read or use, particularly those that require translation to secondary school language. My co-authors and I understand the dilemma. We spent years trying to find examples and approaches that would be useful for secondary settings. That led us to write this book, Implementing Systematic Interventions A Guide for Secondary School Teams.
“While there is undoubtedly more to developing support for a school-based initiative, my point here is that administrative support is a critical system component. The strategies recommended here may be one way to build support for your efforts.”
We had a spirited chat this past Monday as we all start to grapple with the questions around what it will take to re-open our schools in the U.S. safely? And importantly, what are the key components of trauma-informed care, SEL, and MTSS that can be brought into the conversation to make sure that our students, parents, and staff are ready for the many complicating issues that will come with re-opening?
“That’s helpful information, but next time, could you please talk about high schools?” This comment was feedback from a school where I had given a presentation. All of the content was from high schools, but I just forgot to be explicit that all of it was from and for secondary schools. That is where I learned a valuable lesson that if an example did not happen in a high school, it did not happen.
Have you ever worked with a salesperson you really liked? Perhaps the person helped you purchase a car, computer, or home. What we like about good salespeople is that they seem to know our needs. Great salespeople “qualify” their customers. In sales terms, qualifying means taking the time to see if your product matches the needs and resources of your customer. If you are concerned with buy-in, that usually means you are selling or “offering” a resource to someone. I think the same ideas of understanding the needs and resources of your end-users will help you be more effective at establishing buy-in. The following post is from a live chat related to buy-in. I hope this discussion and resources are useful to your buy-in efforts
This was the first of our special LunchTime LiveChats During the COVID-19 Crisis, with SMHAPP student and SSW Liaison for Clark County (NV) Tonya Hernandez stepping in as my co-host. We discussed her recent webinar on SSWNetwork, “Providing School Mental Health Supports Online: Loyola SMHAPP Students Taking The Lead,” which as of this writing has been viewed on our SSWN YouTube channel over 4,300 times. We will be having our LunchTime LiveChats over on our SSWNetwork from 11-Noon Monday, Wed., & Friday until the crisis is over. Hope to see you on a future chat!
As we move into our first week of 2020, it’s week #4 of our SMHAPP SSWNetwork Takeover! This week I’m thrilled to welcome Kara Kroculick and Jennifer Ferguson, members of the 4th Loyola SMHAPP cohort, who will be leading discussion and sharing resources about the topic of SEL and MTSS, and how school social workers are designing and implementing SEL interventions across the 3 tiers of MTSS .