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WSCC Social and Emotional Climate

Social Emotional Climate

Social and Emotional Climate refers to the psychosocial aspects of students’ educational experience that influence their social and emotional development. The social and emotional climate of a school can impact student engagement in school activities; relationships with other students, staff, family and community; and academic performance.

Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Resources 

CDE Office of Learning Supports  The office of learning supports provides technical support assistance and guidance related to effective implementation of a Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and Bully Prevention Education.

CDE Youth Mental Health First Aid  Mental Health First Aid is a program that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community. CDE offers training to schools, and other youth serving organizations.   For more program information Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

Bully Prevention Education: Bully prevention resources from the office of learning supports

CDE - Overview of Colorado Emotional and Social Wellness Standards (PDF).

Comprehensive Health Education Grants: Resources for Comprehensive Health Education Grants

CDE: Culturally Responsive Practice

Coordination and Practices:

RMC Health Social and Emotional Climate Smart Guide (2016 PDF) RMC Health, Coordination of social emotional climate across WSCC component areas.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - School Connectedness - Strategies for Increasing Protective Factors Among Youth - CDC Resources supporting best practices for increasing school connectedness.  

Safe to Tell - This program is supported by the Colorado Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General. It provides schools, districts, and communities with resources for the free safe to tell program. 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): Provides resources to supports helping kids grow up at a healthy weight, teaching kids social skills, creating schools where education and health are linked.

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL): Their mission is to make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school. CASEL and our broad network of collaborators are working together to turn momentum for SEL into a national movement.

Colorado Crisis Services

Colorado School Safety Resource Center: Their mission is to assist educators, emergency responders, community organizations, school mental health professionals, parents and students to create safe, positive and successful school environments for Colorado students in all pre K-12 and higher education schools.

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA): Mental Health First Aid is a program that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in your community.

Colorado Education Initiative (CEI): Social Emotional & Mental Health Best Practices

Colorado Education Initiative (CEI): Colorado Framework for School Behavioral Health Services

Colorado Education Initiative (CEI): Transforming School Climate Toolkit


Supporting Policies

With the passing of the Concerning Measures to Reduce the Frequency of Bullying in Schools Act (HB 11-1254 PDF) in 2011, a state-funded grant program to prevent bullying in Colorado schools was created. In 2015, with the passing of Proposition BB, the School Bullying Prevention and Education Grant Program (BPEG) was funded through the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund. Each year, the BPEG distributes nearly $2 million to grantee schools to help reduce bullying across the state.