Strategies to Create a Healthy and Supportive School Environment

Students can strengthen their emotional well-being by

  • Developing the skills to recognize and manage emotions
  • Learning to set and achieve positive goals
  • Learning to appreciate the perspectives of others
  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships
  • Making responsible decisions.

School policies and practices that support development of skills to improve emotional well-being can help meet students’ psychosocial needs.4,5 Creating healthy and supportive school environments strengthen students’ emotional well-being.

Strategies to Support Emotional Well-Being
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Schools can use this toolkit to create parent awareness about school connectedness and emotional well-being.

Schools can use a variety of strategies to help students improve their emotional well-being and connectedness with others, such as:

  • Carefully selecting or thoroughly developing activities that emphasize social and emotional competencies. Schools can identify and implement programs that are developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant for students.
  • Integrating skill building, modeling, practice, and assessment that improves emotional well-being and school connectedness across all academic areas. Teachers can incorporate opportunities for students to practice skills and develop competencies such as establishing positive relationships and understanding diverse perspectives through group learning activities.
  • Strengthening teacher, staff, and administrator core competencies through professional development. Schools can provide staff training on role modeling and applying interpersonal skills to improve teacher-student relationships.
  • Fostering safe, inclusive learning environments for all young people. Schools can establish a culture that emphasizes the importance of showing empathy in relationships, using effective communication, and demonstrating respect for diversity.
  • Informing families and communities about school-wide initiatives and activities to promote healthy and supportive school environments and student and staff emotional well-being. Districts and schools can include highlights on their websites detailing healthy and supportive school environment policies and practices and describing how these support student development and achievement to keep families and communities informed.