The programs for supportive learning environments are part of the Ohio Department of Education's Office of Family and Community Support. The office provides services, programs and products that focus on addressing student, family and community factors that improve learning climates in schools and, consequently, improve learning. It also helps establish policies on school climate as well as substance abuse and violence prevention that serve as models for school districts.
Family and Community Support Programs
21st Century Community Learning Centers: The centers provide funding to local education and community agencies, faith-based organizations, universities and other organizations working with schools to provide academic intervention services in mathematics and reading. All activities are performed outside school hours.
For more information on 21st CCLC, contact:
Shannon Teague, Associate Director
Nina Pace, Grants Manager
Joseph Kujkowski, 21st CCLC Consultant
Debra Shirley, 21st CCLC Consultant
Connie Sims, 21st CCLC Data Coordinator
Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP): ODE and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) are collaborating on this initiative with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The major focus of CSHP is to help schools and communities integrate best practice wellness strategies into current initiatives in eight related areas: health education, physical education, health services, nutrition services, counseling and psychological services, healthy school environment, health promotion for staff, and family/community involvement.
For more information on Coordinated School Health, contact:
Dawn Ayres, Coordinated School Health Program Manager
Jacqueline Sharpe, HIV Program Coordinator
Family and Community Engagement: ODE offers policies, guidance and resources to help districts and schools create school, family and community partnerships and to comply with related state and federal requirements.
For more information on Family and Community Engagement, contact:
Tamara Dye, Administrative Assistant
Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program: This program is the federal government's primary vehicle for reducing violence and drug, alcohol and tobacco use through education and prevention activities in the nation's schools.
For more information on the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program, contact:
Jill Jackson, Safe and Drug-Free Schools Consultant
Supportive Learning Policies Adopted by the State Board of Education
Ohio School Climate Guidelines: These guidelines describe how schools can create environments where every student feels welcomed, respected and motivated to learn. While these guidelines target building and district administrators, they also can be useful as springboards for policy discussions with staff, students, parents, school boards and other community members.
Learning Supports Guidelines: Using the Comprehensive System of Learning Supports Guidelines, local district and school building leadership teams can create plans and policies to ensure that every Ohio student enjoys access to academic and nonacademic programs and support services that are critical for success.
The Model Anti-Harassment, Anti-Intimidation and Anti-Bullying Policy: This policy is designed to assist districts in meeting their requirement to have such a policy in place. The Ohio Department of Education, which drafted the policy in consultation with other state agencies, provides companion resources for school districts to help implement local policies. Click here for related information.
Guidance for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Policy: This policy is dedicated to eliminating: drug and alcohol around school grounds, on school buses or at school-sponsored functions; verbal and physical violence including bullying and gang participation; and student involvement in self-destructive acts including self-mutilation and suicide.
Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention Policy: This policy directs the Ohio Department of Education to help school districts create safe, caring learning environments where students have access to practices and programs that prevent them from engaging in alcohol and other drug use, violence and other self-destructive behaviors, including suicide.
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