The centers help implement new remedial strategies in the district, such as B. Positive behavior intervention and support methods that provide multi-level counseling for students struggling with recurrent behavior problems.
“You used to see the same boy over and over again,” said Tom Adams, director of Battle Ground’s student union. “With these spaces where we have opportunities to reflect and have nurturing conversations, you get to know the child a little better through the guidance of an adult who is trained to work with these children.”
The program’s multiple levels aim to get students started with simple reminders and restorative exercises, and then have more individualized discussions about mental health practices and counseling if problems persist, Adams said.
In 2014, Battle Ground received $2.5 million in grants as part of a five-year program called “Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education” involving the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction and two other Washington school districts U.S. dollar.
Although the scholarship money ended in 2019, Battle Ground has attempted to keep these programs in its schools, primarily through levy funding. Shortly before the November 2021 replacement levy was passed, Superintendent Denny Waters listed the maintenance and expansion of the district’s social-emotional learning centers as one of the top needs included in the levy funding.