Advancing and Sustaining Student and Staff Wellbeing Initiatives: A Resource Guide for States
Amber Valdez, Shazia Hashmi, & John Diaz; WestEd
Student and staff wellbeing is essential to a range of outcomes associated with school success, from academic attainment to positive school engagement and motivation. While many state education agencies have been implementing wellbeing initiatives for years, other states are now recognizing the need to amplify these efforts in an era of growing inequities and intensifying needs, exacerbated by the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council of Chief State School Officers’ new resource, developed in partnership with WestEd, provides state leaders an overview of five actions necessary to establish lasting, effective student and staff wellbeing initiatives. For each action, the guide includes relevant context, suggested strategies, additional considerations and resources to help carry out the action.