Amidst the many challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, creating safe and supportive learning environments for teaching and learning continues to be a top priority for school leaders and for Kaiser Permanente. While there are many efforts focused on student resilience, Kaiser Permanente recognizes the importance of addressing staff resilience as a key strategy in building safe and supportive school communities. To that end, we are excited to introduce Ready, Set RISE! — a new series of free, digital resources offered as part of our Resilience in School Environments (RISE) initiative.
Youth vaping and tobacco use continues to be on the rise and is estimated to be at its highest levels in nearly 20 years. According the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest study, nearly 20 percent of high school…
It goes without saying that this year’s back-to-school experience has been fraught with stress and uncertainty for students, staff, and teachers in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Those who lead Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre program recognized the current high level of stress and set out to offer educators a way to connect and discuss solutions for the unique challenges they are experiencing in 2020.
The past several months of the COVID-19 pandemic and the systemic inequities it has amplified alongside the recent murder of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality truly underscore the ways racism has affected African Americans and other communities of color. We must confront this racism head-on in our community institutions. This includes schools, which are centers of learning and touchpoints for social support services.
We’re curating this resource page as an online space that you can trust for the latest information and ideas to support learning, health, and overall well-being during these challenging times. We recognize that school communities are having to adapt to tremendous changes in a short period of time and that more support will be needed as students and teachers eventually return to in-person school life.
A Message from Annie Reed, National Director of Thriving Schools: It is with great excitement that we, at Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools, are announcing today some exciting developments that will deepen our ability to serve the social and emotional health of school communities.
McFadden Intermediate School in Santa Ana, California, has been part of a 2-year program focused on building a resilient school environment for students and staff at its campus. RISE — short for Resilience In Schools Environments — implements policies, practices and trainings to help the school students and staff adapt to and deal with challenges, trauma and emotionally charged experiences.
To support that idea of creating a culture of wellness, Kaiser Permanente partner School-Based Health Alliance fashioned an innovative resource to guide health advocates as they create, implement and sustain schoolwide wellness efforts.
“I think that when young people are involved in current, real-world situations, it enables us to passionately interact with the world and create a better future,” said Vanessa, a high school senior and Student Youth Advisory Council member.
Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre in Colorado presents Invisible Feelings, a 25-minute workshop based off the popular children’s book, “The Invisible Boy” by Trudy Ludwig. Invisible Feelings is designed to help build some of the, if not the most essential, building blocks for a long healthy future.