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
ISMHI Whole Child Summit
Each year the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative hosts a summit designed to bring together educators, mental health professionals, and community partners to engage in a day of learning and collaboration. At the summit, we'll 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.