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We provide guides for advocating for effective policy changes as well as practical tools for incorporating health and wellness into schools. Browse through our resources or select an audience to see curated resources.

ESSA Explained: Inside the New Federal K-12 Law

The new Every Student Succeeds Act rolls back much of the federal government’s big footprint in education policy, on everything from testing and teacher quality to low-performing schools. And it…

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Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary…

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State Education Policy that Supports Student Health and Wellness

This document describes key sections of the law with the highest potential to impact student health, outlines current state efforts, highlights best practices and provides recommendations for advancing this work at the state and local level.

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Leveraging Chronic Absence Data to Inform Decision Making by the Healthcare and Public Health Sectors

Chronic absenteeism data can be a powerful tool for healthcare and public health decision making, helping ensure that students are in school, healthy and ready to learn. This brief will explore how healthcare and public health stakeholders can work, independently and in partnership with schools and school districts, to identify and address the health-related causes of chronic absenteeism.

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School Health and Chronic Absence Diagnostic Tool

This tool is intended to help school districts identify and address the health-related causes of chronic absenteeism. This version was developed for use in California but includes information that can be used by districts in other states and can serve as a template for states to create a similar tool for districts in their state.

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Addressing Chronic Absenteeism Webinar

This webinar was directed at Chicago educators and highlights the causes of and strategies for mitigating chronic absenteeism. All schools can learn from the ideas presented.

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Connecting Health and Learning through ESSA: Opportunities for School Nurses

This webinar highlights the opportunities ESSA provides school nurses as they collaborate with school staff, students, families and community partners to take action to reduce chronic absenteeism.

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Education Data for Health Systems: Challenges and Opportunities

This brief highlights existing efforts to integrate education data, such as chronic absenteeism, into health and public health accountability systems, describes common barriers and best practices, and suggests key opportunities for further exploration to advance this work.

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Supporting Student Health through ESSA Needs Assessments

This webinar highlights the ESSA needs assessment requirements and how you can work with states and school districts to include health and wellness in this work. This webinar will also look at how Tennessee is integrating health into their ESSA needs assessments to support student success.

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Using Needs Assessments to Connect Learning + Health: Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

This guide provides child advocates, community leaders, school personnel and other key stakeholder groups with the information that they need to convince their state and local education leaders to make health and wellness a significant component of the needs assessment and school improvement process.

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Chicago Public Schools’ Pathways to Excellence in School Nutrition

This plan documents and make publicly accessible the district’s high school meal nutrition standards and health promoting initiatives and outline an action plan to provide healthy school food to all CPS students. This strategic plan was created in collaboration with the CPS School Food Advisory group co-convened by Healthy Schools Campaign.

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Integrating Health and Wellness into a School Improvement Plan

This webinar provides tips for engaging in an authentic school improvement planning process that involves a variety of stakeholders and practical ways you can integrate student health and wellness in your school improvement plan. The webinar is geared toward a Chicago audience but has relevant information for all schools.

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