Health, Prevention, and Social Emotional Learning

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Partnering for a foundation of connection, belonging, and skills to create
lifelong physical and social-emotional wellness for the DCSD community

Why Health, Prevention and Social-Emotional Learning is Important
Research shows that happy and healthy children do better in school. And, that happy and healthy educators are more effective in the classroom and stay in the profession longer. The Health, Prevention and Social-Emotional Learning (HPSEL) team partners with schools to support the physical, mental and social-emotional well-being of students and staff. Our work is guided by the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC) model and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) framework to create lifelong physical and social and emotional wellness for the DCSD community.

Who is the HPSEL Team?

Simply put, we are a team of dedicated educators on a mission to support teachers, administrators, students and parents to create safer and healthier schools. We are a devoted team made up of former classroom teachers, school administrators, school counselors and social workers, education assistants, advocates, and community health organizers. We are content experts in comprehensive social-emotional learning that includes:  

  • Student and staff health and wellness
  • Suicide prevention 
  • SEL curriculum selection and implementation
  • Anti-domestic/dating violence and anti-bullying
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Advocacy for equitable education
  • Mindfulness instruction

What do we do? We work directly with school teams to help them define, streamline and implement  the DCSD Strategic Plan with a specific focus on Theme 1, Objective 2, “Increase physical, social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health competency through prevention and intervention efforts.” 

The HPSEL team serves schools by: 

  • Working within the school setting to help guide and train staff in the areas of health, prevention and social-emotional learning
  • Collaborating with teams to identify needs and targeted improvements through data collection and analysis
  • Supporting schools in their implementation of evidence-based programs and curriculum

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.