It was great to be in a room full of people who have prioritized mental health and social emotional learning. Thanks for the opportunity to learn from others in this way.

2020 Whole Child Summit Attendee

Save the Date! Whole Child Summit 2021

 Date: February 24 and 25, 2021

Location: Indianapolis Marriott East or Virtual

Each year the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative hosts a 2-day Summit designed to bring together educators, mental health professionals, and community partners to engage in two days of learning and collaboration.

The purpose of Indiana’s Educating the Whole Child Summit is to share learnings and progress from across Indiana on how school districts and their community partners are building the capacity to address the development of the whole child within school frameworks and improvement plans. As important as the “how” is, the Summit also clearly address the “why,” and the importance of doing so to change belief systems about behavior and learning. During the Summit district teams develop a plan for continued collaboration and learning with other districts from across the state and receive technical assistance to support their goals and plans from national, state, and district expertise. District teams are given time to reflect and plan next steps. Unlike a conference, the ultimate goal of the Summit is to build a Community of Practice. To this end, attendees hear from plenary speakers and at the same time, have opportunities to attend smaller breakout sessions specific to their level of development and need, are encouraged to network with one another, and leave with actionable steps as a district team.

Goals for Summit Attendees:

1. Leave with an understanding of the importance of successfully implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), as well as how to develop a comprehensive framework that allows for integration of work across systems, departments, and initiatives - a framework that accomplishes the goal of maximizing students’ social, emotional, mental health, and academic outcomes by truly educating the whole child.
2. Collective Learning: Diverse district teams will come together to hear new information and identify next actionable steps at the same time they develop a vision for larger system change.
3. Networking: Opportunities for school district personnel and their community partners to connect with one another and utilize resources and technical assistance.

View videos from the Whole Child Summit 2020