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Progress Report to the Jane* Foundation, October 2017 Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships Training and Access Project (TAP) “I want to be a good educator, and I want my students to advance academically—but if I’m not meeting social-emotional needs, I’m not helping them as a person; I’m not giving them the best shot at achieving academically.” Frank Wilburn, Boston teacher

At Boston Children’s Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships (BCHNP), we understand the longterm effects on children and adolescents with unmet social, emotional and behavioral needs. So does the Jane* Foundation. And it’s made all the difference. A child’s social, emotional and behavioral health echoes in every aspect of their development and wellbeing. Children raised in urban communities with high rates of poverty are at greater risk for poor academic achievement, family stress, financial insecurity, exposure to violence, and behavioral, social/emotional and physical health concerns. There are daunting barriers for urban families to access the behavioral health services and supports they may need. Ushered by your generosity and our joint vision, we set out to reduce those barriers. Our Training and Access Project (TAP) reaches students in underserved schools and communities by engaging and enlisting those adults who could have a great impact: their teachers. TAP trains educators to recognize and respond to students’ holistic needs, while helping build sustainable, systemic change through its district, state and national reach. With your support, we are beginning to disseminate TAP’s innovative and engaging training worldwide through a free, online site for all teachers, educators and school communities. In our first two years alone, TAP has touched more than 420 school-based staff and 4,200 students in 10 schools. This is a triumph—though the need is endless. Luckily, so is TAP’s online potential. With our online expansion, we will exponentially reach teachers and students in-need; we will give more children a greater chance at social, emotional, and academic wellbeing —regardless of their economic or family circumstances. We are honored to share our progress to date. Highlights: 

Launched our first TAP Online workshop

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Completed our first two-year TAP program

Began our third consecutive school year of TAP

Celebrated th BCHNP’s 15 anniversary


Training and Access Project (TAP) In June 2017, we completed our first two-year partnership with our five inaugural Cohort I schools. We are excited by participant feedback, which indicates strength in our training, and specifically, our trainings’ ability to enhance participants’ aptitude in identifying and addressing the social, emotional and behavioral health needs of students. 

98% indicated plans to make changes in their practice as a result of the workshops

92% expressed confidence that the work started through TAP will be sustained over time

100% agreed that TAP facilitators created culturally sensitive discussions, where asking questions was comfortable and encouraged

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Why TAP? A participant says: “What worked best is the proactivity of the consultant in supporting initiatives that we have started, and moving those forward by contributing to and refining them.”


How it works: TAP partners with schools for two years to support the development of sustainable systems that build educators’ capacities to address students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health needs. We focus on skills that will positively impact teaching, classrooms, and the school community long after the TAP partnership concludes. TAP is structured in two components: 1) A series of professional development workshops using a learning collaborative model and facilitated by TAP consultants (licensed independent BCHNP clinical social workers); 2) Individualized goal-setting and on-site consultation services for each school, provided by a TAP consultant assigned to that school. Boston Public Schools’ leadership carefully selects and recruits the district’s highestneed elementary and K-8 schools to join TAP. Our plan adds five additional schools annually to the program. To date, we have reached 15 schools. We will continue to integrate schools every year until we’ve reached 25 schools in total—a goal we plan to achieve in 2021.

TAP workshop participants

Cohort I 2015-16; 2016-17

Cohort II 2016-17; 2017-18

Cohort III 2017-18; 2018-19

James J. Chittick School (K1-5), Mattapan, MA

Henry Grew School (K2-5), Hyde Park, MA

Boston Teachers Union School (K-8), Jamaica Plain, MA

John Winthrop School (K1-5), Dorchester, MA

J.F. Kennedy School (K1-5), Dorchester, MA

Conservatory Lab Charter School (K-8), Dorchester, MA

Mary E. Curley School (K1-8), Jamaica Plain, MA

Michael J. Perkins School (K2-5), South Boston, MA

Everett Elementary (K-5), Dorchester, MA

Maurice J. Tobin School (K2-8), Roxbury, MA

Thomas J. Kenny School (K1-5), Dorchester, MA

Higginson-Lewis School (K-8), Roxbury, MA

Up Academy Charter School (K1-7), Dorchester, MA

William Ellery Channing School (K1-5), Hyde Park, MA

Mission Hill School (K-8), Jamaica Plain, MA

Why TAP? Almost all (95%) TAP consultations were provided on-site at the school, with the remainder provided via email and phone calls.


Reach: In the 2016-17 school year, TAP facilitated 11 workshops for participating schools and an additional 15 workshops with Boston-area schools. TAP consultants assigned to each team provided a total of 610 hours of behavioral health consultations over 685 visits with school staff, school-based teams and principals.

TAP Professional Development Workshop Topics Year one

Year two

An Overview of Social Emotional Development

Implementing School-Wide Initiatives: Planning for Success

Strategies for Supporting Students in the Classroom

Building Effective Teams to Address Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health

What is Behavioral Health? Symptoms and Systems

Strategies for Sustainable Change in Schools

Agents of Change: Keeping the Work Going

Tips and Tools for Crisis Intervention and Management

Stress Management and Self Care for the Educator

Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning

Developing Strategies for Addressing Social Emotional Health

“The TAP consultant is knowledgeable and always makes herself available. She has really invested into our school and the needs of our students.” “The TAP consultant is very flexible and understands the work that happens regularly. She is very thoughtful of things and tries to help every time.” “We have been able to roll out initiatives that are extremely needed.”

Live TAP workshop

Why TAP? Of the students you enable us to help, their most significant behavioral health needs stem from family stressor at home (62%), followed by disruptive behavior (56%) & trauma (47%)


TAP Online Our work on the ground in Boston with TAP Cohort I-III schools directly translates to the adaptation of workshop materials for TAP Online: a free, web-based training available for educators nationwide. TAP Online is based on our in-person TAP trainings. After each live session, we update and enhance all presentation materials and integrate participant feedback to enrich the online training. Over the past year, we’ve collaborated with OpenPediatrics, Boston Children’s online teaching platform, and production vendors to create videos for TAP Online. Just like our live TAP training, the videos focus on social, emotional and behavioral health, and sustainable strategies for educators and school communities. Our first video launch: In September 2017, we launched the very first TAP Online video on OPENPediatrics; view the website below. The free training is open to any school, anywhere. We paired the launch with a recruitment email to 3,000 educators and school districts across the nation, alerting them of the program and how to participate. We identified this list through our Break Free from Depression project (click here to view) that reached 30,000 youth in 40 states, and also shared with our TAP and BCHNP schools, the Boston SchoolBased Behavioral Health Collaborative, and the Massachusetts Association for School Superintendents. So far, we’ve had resounding success. Less than two weeks after the first TAP Online training launch, more than 100 educators nationwide enrolled. >> Please click here to access the first TAP Online training! An Overview of Social-Emotional Development: What Can We Expect in the Classroom This two-hour training focuses on social, emotional, and behavioral health in schools including activities and resources for the classroom. The training features interviews with educators about their experiences incorporating social-emotional learning in their practice. These videos are targeted for educators, administrators, support staff, nurses, school-based behavioral health professionals, and other school professionals.

Why TAP? Of the students we reach: >66% identify as economically disadvantaged; >94% are racially diverse; >25% are English language learners; >1 of 6 have special education needs


Looking forward: By continuously adding workshops through OpenPediatrics, we plan to create a stream of resources for countless educators and school communities. Once we have three completed videos, we’ll roll out a larger marketing approach aimed to create the biggest initial impact—with a

“I think it (TAP Online) was very

broad launch planned in the year ahead.

informative in dealing with the children of different age

Completed filming: •

Workshop 1: An Overview Social Emotional Development: What Can We Expect in the Classroom? (June 2016)

Workshop 2: An Introduction to Behavioral Health in Schools: Supports for Students (November 2016)

Workshop 3: Tips and Tools for Managing a Behavioral Health Crisis in School (May 2017)

ranges- and it also gave me a great resource to distribute to teachers who do not have as much training on social/emotional matters.” “(TAP Online) will help greatly as it gave examples of 'what to do'

Upcoming filming timeline: •

in a classroom setting.”

Workshops 4, 5, 6 (three-part series): Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning (January 2018 & April 2018)

Workshop 7: Effective Teams in Schools for Supporting Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health (September 2018)

Workshop 8: Self Care for the Educator (January 2019)

Workshop 9: Partnering with Families/Caregivers around Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health (TBD)

Workshop 10: Providing Culturally Responsive Behavioral Health Services in Schools (TBD)

Preview of TAP Online, Video Two We are excited to share a trailer for our second video, featuring three educators who share TAP’s impact on their schools. >> Please click here to view!

Why TAP? 98% of participants would recommend TAP to a colleague; 66% plan to continue collaboration with the professionals from other schools they met during TAP trainings


Meet a TAP Participant Frank Wilburn is a 3rd grade teacher at the Henry Grew Elementary School in Hyde Park, MA. This is his first year as a teacher and his school’s first year of partnership with TAP.

What has been valuable for you about

What has been the benefit of

participating in TAP?

participating in the learning collaborative professional development workshops?

Being exposed to different strategies and professional development from TAP helps

I think that the learning collaborative has

me prioritize and put into perspective

helped me reflect on my practice and

some of the methods and strategies I’m

think about what things I may want to

using in the classroom. Yes, I want to be a

change or modify. I’m excited when I leave

good educator, and I want my students to

the TAP trainings because I want to share

advance academically, but if I’m not

with my colleagues some of my takeaways

meeting those social-emotional needs, I’m

and things that they may want to apply or

not helping them as a person, and I’m also

implement. It’s also very useful to hear

not giving them the best shot at being able

from the other participants in the TAP

to achieve academically.

trainings about what their experiences have been and what strategies they have used. It helps me understand that I’m not alone in this teaching profession. That’s useful as a first year teacher when you are trying to do it all. You have to remember that it does take time, and everyone is working on their own thing. Everyone has struggles, even teachers in year 20 have struggles, so it’s helpful to hear about the successes and challenges from other teachers as well.


What has been helpful about having a

What has changed about your practice

consultant? What impact have you seen

because of your participation in TAP?

on your school? I think that one thing that has changed has This year we adopted a new social

been me being more intentional about

emotional learning curriculum and the TAP

addressing how students are feeling, and

consultant helped us think about how we

how they are doing personally before

can make sure that teachers are able to

getting to the academics. Sometimes in

implement this with fidelity. What support

the morning there might be a rush to get

do teachers need? What challenges are

right to starting what we are doing for

teachers having? Working and

math, or what we are doing for reading,

collaborating with the TAP consultant has

but having an opportunity to really just

helped us think about how we can really

check in or connect with students as a

improve in implementing this curriculum,

whole or even just individually can make a

and how as teachers we can continue to

difference for them being ready for what is

think about what supports we need in

coming up academically. TAP has helped

order to help all of our students.

me think about and remember that it’s important to have those check-ins.

Live TAP workshop


TAP Recognition: We’re thrilled and honored by the growing attention, both locally and nationally, received by

For 15 years,

TAP. The Special Commission on Behavioral Health

Boston Children’s Hospital

Promotion and Upstream Prevention in Massachusetts

Neighborhood Partnerships

views BCHNP as a leader in capacity-building and systemic

(BCHNP) program has

change for schools. Our work was presented to the

partnered with our community

Commission as a case of exemplary care and innovation.

to promote the social,

This level of recognition expands our impact beyond

emotional and behavioral

Boston, towards becoming a statewide leader in

health of diverse youth and

Massachusetts.

families. Through high-quality care, education and advocacy,

In an ongoing effort to nationally share our learnings and

we support children and

promote our services, the BCHNP team will present two

adolescents where we can have

workshops about TAP at the Advancing School Mental

the biggest impact: directly

Health Conference in Washington DC this October as well

where they live and learn.

as a presentation in Chicago at National Association for School Psychologists (NASP) in February. Locally, we’re

Today, we’re proud partners to

pleased to have been invited to present at the

17 Boston schools and 3

Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents for

community health centers.

the third consecutive year. Because of the Manton Foundation, our reach will only grow; our impact will The pressing need for behavioral health resources and training is as strong as ever—as is our opportunity. With the Manton Foundation, our approach is as strong as ever, too. We look forward to sharing more success together.

Thank you.

strengthen; more and more youth and schools will succeed.

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