3) Expanding on mental and emotional health sounds like a huge budget undertaking? How can my school afford this?
The curriculum is priced to be affordable to every school. However, if your district cannot afford this, consider these options for payment:
• Ask your school’s Parent Club or your community's Rotary Club to fund this or consider local grants or sponsorships by community organizations/businesses. (see specific examples toward end of this list) *
• Look into state grants (Wisconsin has a “School based Mental Health Grant” program).
• Look into federal funding for COVID-19 (Consider the US Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 related community grants: https://www.samhsa.gov/coronavirus).
• Search Grants.gov using the keywords “Suicide Prevention” or SEL to find educational grants to help with your budget for the curriculum.
• Ask an administrator for grant ideas. Most districts have an employee delegated to the task of finding creative ways to support a school’s budget with special search privileges on government, non-profit, or NGO websites.
• RHIhub has many grants available, including one to invite a speaker (like me!) with funding allocated for follow-up, like the PATH Curriculum.
• Budgets often delegate a dollar amount to departments, or for categories like “School Improvement.” For example: Counseling department/school counselors who do drop-in lessons within regular education classrooms– you may have budget dollars for this.
• Advisory classes (do you have a budget?) Regular education teachers often have groups of students delegated to their classrooms for one period of enrichment coursework, like The PATH Curriculum.
• Health education and physical education instructors who deliver broad-field content regarding student health…again, ask your colleagues about their budgets for SEL and mental/emotional health content.
• Budget dollars may be delegated for Homeroom periods where teachers often supervise study support (study halls) and build rapport with a close-knit group of students.
• Alternative Education budgets - paraprofessional and alt-ed instructors often have resources delegated for skills improvement using unique or alternative education strategies.
• Schools insured by *TRICOR Insurance / EMC Insurance in Wisconsin are eligible for a $250 scholarship to apply towards the curriculum. For more information, please contact your school district’s agent and they will get you the code you need for this scholarship.
• The PATH Curriculum also fulfills requirements for *Title IV funding (see also #4 below) since PATH is…
• a comprehensive school mental and behavioral health curriculum
• a comprehensive approach to social and emotional learning
• includes methods and tools to address bullying and harassment prevention
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) website states the details which can be found here: ESSA Title IV Funding Opportunities
School safety and school climate are inclusive in the goals for a PATH Curriculum school.
Our best advice: Please ask! “Team it” with building and district financial planners, or other administrators who work under the umbrella of school budgets, to inquire about funding options. Some departments / subdivisions may have funding available that you are not aware of.