Show Notes

Student mental health is currently a big focus in education. But what do educators need to know about mental health and where can they begin?

Sara Hutchinson and I sit down to discuss these questions and more as we focus today’s conversation on the West Virginia Tiered System of Support with a specific focus on supporting mental health in our schools and classrooms.

What to Listen for:

  • What is the West Virginia Tiered System of Support (WVTSS)?
  • What are the three domains that come together in WVTSS?
  • What is the goal of WVTSS?
  • Which students benefit from tier 2 and tier 3 instruction?
  • What is mental health?
  • What are some factors that can impact mental health?
  • What is the statistical average number of students who could be impacted by negative mental health in our classrooms?
  • What are some signs students may display if they are experiencing negative mental health?
  • What can a tiered system of support for mental health look like in a school?
  • What are examples of mental health supports that classroom teachers can offer all students at tier 1?

My hope is that this episode inspires district and school leaders who oversee professional development opportunities to consider what additional supports and trainings would benefit their staff in become well-versed in identifying the warning signs of mental health issues in students and establishing mental health supports and scaffolds for tier 1 learning environments. I also hope that this episode encourages general educators to begin intentional planning of tier 1 mental health supports and scaffolds for their students, and to collaborate more closely with those professionals in the school system, such as counselors, psychologists, and school nurses, who can support the improvements of mental health practices within the classroom.


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