During my time at the Oregon Department of Education during the years of 2003-2006, I was funded by and became very acquainted with the amazing support and funding opportunities that both the Division of Adolescent and School Health and the Healthy Schools Branch at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer and provide partnership to the school health community. I know as a potential grantee, thoughts of writing a 5-year application can feel enormous and overwhelming, Read ▸ about CDC Healthy Schools Funding Opportunity
Pivoting in a Virtual World, What We are Offering!
As we assess how to pivot and what to offer educators during a changing world, we wanted to share what consulting services we are currently busy with and offering!Systems SimulationsNow more than ever, understanding how to lead a state, district or school through the bumps and opportunities of change is essential. Some of our education leaders will do this with grace and some might find it challenging. We have adapted the in-person simulations to a virtual format where we facilitate the Read ▸ about Pivoting in a Virtual World, What We are Offering!
Black Lives Matter
The deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and many others demonstrate that we still have work to do to dismantle the structural racism in the United States.As a systems-thinker, I believe that the systems can be changed, just as they were built. The team at Cairn Guidance works to create healthy schools & communities, including work around equity through the lens of all school and community policies, programs and practices. All students and community Read ▸ about Black Lives Matter
31 Days of Self-Esteem & Body Confidence Prompts for Young People
Written by Cairn Guidance, a Dove Self-Esteem Project Partner Great things happen in the educational learning environment. Had this statement been written in the early days of March, instead of May, the previous sentence would have read, “Great things happen in the Read ▸ about 31 Days of Self-Esteem & Body Confidence Prompts for Young People
Re-opening Schools & Opportunities for the Whole Child
By Jess Lawrence, Director of Cairn GuidanceWe have no idea when re-opening will happen, however, let us consider these points…For almost thirty years, the school health/whole child community has advocated for schools to focus on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs over Bloom’s Taxonomy. This means that we take our students’ needs (basic survival & safety needs, as well as health needs) over academic achievement and test scores. I think most educators agree, even most education leaders. However, Read ▸ about Re-opening Schools & Opportunities for the Whole Child
Skills Based Health Ed- Webinar Series Documents, Recordings and more!
For those of you looking to access information, documents and the recordings from this week’s Skills-Based Health Education Webinar Series, please see links below. Stay tuned for upcoming webinar series by joining our newsletter here or following us on Twitter @cairnguidance!All of the recordings are here.Monday: Foundations of Health Education MaterialsTuesday: HECAT and Unit Planning MaterialsWednesday: Assessment in Health Education MaterialsThursday: No Cost Resources and Materials for Read ▸ about Skills Based Health Ed- Webinar Series Documents, Recordings and more!
Daniel Boone Rails to Trails- Building Connections to my New Home
It’s not often I have the opportunity to facilitate one of my favorite strategic planning activities in my own town of Morehead, Kentucky. I moved to Morehead from Portland Oregon (with a buffer year in Louisville) after falling in love with my life partner. Leaving a bicycling friendly, physically active town with a true culture of health to a small (7000 residents) Appalachian town was the biggest culture shock of my life. And, I’ve lived abroad in Curicó, Chile and Auckland, New Zealand! I Read ▸ about Daniel Boone Rails to Trails- Building Connections to my New Home
Team Highlight & Cairn Project Updates
Team HighlightSamantha has been a member of the Cairn Guidance team since 2016 and is excited to continue!Samantha Lowe McCleese is a graduate of Morehead State University’s Experimental Psychology master’s program. Originally from Maysville, Kentucky she has been a resident of Eastern Kentucky her entire life. Growing up in Appalachian culture sparked Samantha’s interest in sex education, and she later went on to further research the topic in her Master’s research project; A Vagina is an Ugly Read ▸ about Team Highlight & Cairn Project Updates