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: a $799 one-time fee includes middle AND high school lessons at one price. 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.