Last month, Transform Consulting Group had the opportunity to work with the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township (MSDWT) in the development of their federal grant application for the School Climate Transformation Grant – Local Education Agency to improve school climate and behavioral outcomes for all students.
In 2013, the President proposed a comprehensive plan, “Now is the Time,” to protect our children and communities by reducing gun violence, making schools safer, and increasing access to mental health services. The School Climate Transformation Grant Program is one of several Federal programs designed to work together to help make schools safer and improve mental health services for students and young adults.
Although schools have long attempted to address issues of discipline, disruptive and problem behavior, violence, and bullying, the vast majority of schools have not implemented comprehensive, effective supports that address the full range of students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs (Horner, R., Sugai, G., and Vincent, C. 2005). Research demonstrates that the implementation of an evidence-based, multi-tiered behavioral framework, such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), can help improve overall school climate and safety (Bradshaw, C., Koth, C. W., Thornton, L. A., & Leaf, P. J., 2009).
The School Climate Transformation grant will provide MSDWT the opportunity to enhance and expand systems of support for, and provide technical assistance to, schools within the district implementing a multi-tiered behavioral framework. The Beyond School Walls: Transforming an Entire Community through PBIS project is built on the existing PBIS work already underway and to layer more support through community partners for targeted high needs students and their families in the communities.
Transform Consulting Group applauds MSDWT’s leadership in supporting the teachers, students and their families in facilitating a positive school climate that extends beyond the school walls and into the community!
Need help with completing a federal grant application or developing a new program? Contact Transform Consulting Group today for a free consultation!