Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants are meant to support school districts and groups of First Nations and/or independent schools, in identifying, addressing and assessing priorities in the area of mental well-being through strengthening partnerships within the health and education sectors, and with community partners.
Based on a shared vision from DASH, Healthy Schools BC, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, the grants support education and health-sector professionals to collaborate and build relationships, create a plan for identifying and addressing priorities and taking collaborative action regarding mental well-being to create healthy schools.
The Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants focus on four themes:
- clarifying and understanding the contributions all adults in a school environment can make to support the mental well-being of all students;
- supporting the mental well-being of teachers, administrators and school staff – so that they can in turn support the mental well-being of all students;
- providing professional learning to education and health sector professionals on what they can do to support and enhance the mental well-being of all students; and
- supporting the integration of mental well-being as part of the new curriculum.
Learn more about the themes here.
Healthy Schools BC Regional Grants aim to build regional capacity amongst health, education and community partners to collaboratively work through new approaches and designs for learning (such as the Healthy Schools BC Learning Framework, Spiral of Inquiry and innovative prototyping) for district/group-level initiatives that are directly related to mental well-being.
While the actions of each Regional Grant recipient will vary according to local priorities and context, there is great value in linking collective efforts within and across regions. These linkages can facilitate improved sharing of best practices and problem-solving strategies, as well as mutual support as we work towards our common vision of creating healthier school communities and overall mental well-being. Each grantee will be encouraged to consider how their planning and actions connect to the broader efforts of creating healthier school communities.
Healthy Schools BC is currently exploring the addition of a coaching element to these grants for 2017-2018. This would involve connecting grantees with one or more experts that would act as a thought partner for the grantee, providing advice as needed in developing strategies, and supporting the grantee in achieving their vision.