About the Award
Equitable schools create a learning environment where students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged! These schools help students achieve their full academic potential as well as supporting them in developing lifelong healthy behaviors. They recognize that what happens in the classroom, gymnasium, cafeteria, at school events, at home, and in the community are interrelated and can reinforce healthy behaviors. In an effort to improve schools and school systems, the Wisconsin School Health/WSCC Award aims to support collaborative engagement to minimize achievement gaps. In addition, the Wisconsin School Health/WSCC Award is a way to recognize and celebrate schools with policies, programs, and the infrastructure to promote and sustain a healthy learning environment.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is committed to assisting schools in addressing the barriers which impede students ability to meet their maximum potential. Systematically supporting all areas/levels within education (students, educators in schools, school building level, LEA, regional agency, state education agency) is the best chance at accomplishing big goals.
As DPI continues to develop initiatives to help schools support the mission and vision of ensuring every student graduates college and career ready, alignment between those initiatives and the Wisconsin School Health/WSCC Award will be imperative going forward. We want the awards program to be in concert with meeting the overarching goals of reducing achievement gaps. This will result in incremental changes to the award process that will be executed in phases over time.
One notable change is the additional assessment. DPI recognizes that creating an equitable and healthy learning environment goes beyond nutrition, health education, physical education/physical activity. Therefore, DPI has selected a number of supplemental questions to be completed and factored into the total score. These questions emphasize other areas (mental health, social emotional learning, equity, staff involvement, and family and community engagement) within the WSCC approach.
How to Apply: 2019-2020 WI School Health/WSCC Award
The WI School WSCC Award requires a school to complete the AFHK abbreviated School Health Index Assessment. AFHK will provide resources to the module areas needing support in order to assist schools with creating and sustaining a learning environment that ensures each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Next, schools must complete the supplemental question selected by DPI. A report will be generated with the scores. Combine the supplemental question scores with the AFHK assessment scores. Lastly, complete the application form by March 31st. Within the application form, schools will provide a link to the district and/or school wellness policy and answer 2 prompts related to strengths and improvements. Please follow the steps outlined in the 4-Step application process.
4 STEP APPLICATION PROCESS (to be completed in this order)
- Coordinate and Review