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
Percent of Participants Who Agree
80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Contributed to my understanding of the topic
Contributed to Contributed to Helped me I feel confident I am going to do my knowledge my knowledge better in my ability to at least one of strategies to of resources understand my implement thing different implement in related to the school's ideas and/or in my work as a my work with topic strengths/ strategies result of this students areas of presented workshop related to the improvement during this topic with regard to workshop the topic
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
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 itâ€™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
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
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.
strengthen; more and more youth and schools will succeed.