Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning Summit

General SessionsBreakout sessionsResource FairResource Fair tablesSupporting organizationsMusical guests 

OSBA and nearly 20 education groups and mental health associations held Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning Summit on Feb. 25, 2020, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The event featured multiple breakout sessions and Resource Fair in which agencies shared information on their resources that are available to district staff. 

Continuing the conversation

The summit was just the beginning. It's vital that we continue these conversations to help Ohio's student. Share the In their voices with your school board and district staff. Use the mental health resources took kit compiled by OSBA. You can share ongoing resources, strategies and ideas with your peers by sending information to


General Sessions

Opening General Session: In their voices — Dr. Kathy McFarland
Often, adults tell students what they need. Today, students will use their voices to describe how we can support them in the areas of mental health and social-emotional learning. Join Dr. Kathy McFarland, a former educator and principal and current deputy chief executive of OSBA, to hear what students are asking of you to promote better student success and health in your school district and community.

Closing General Session: The power of vision — Dr. Thomas G. Maridada II
A former educator and superintendent, Maridada previously served as president of BRIGHT New Leaders for Ohio Schools, a nonprofit, statewide public-private partnership funded by the Ohio General Assembly. He is a world-class educator who, over the course of a 25-year career, has raised academic achievement and created a brighter future for thousands of young people. Prior to joining BRIGHT, Maridada served as national director of education policy, practice and strategic initiatives for the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Currently, he is the Jim and Susan Swartz Fellow in Christian Studies at the Harvard Divinity School at Harvard University.

Breakout sessions

10:45 a.m. Mental health track

Bridges Learning Center and wraparound services: Servicing the whole child - C 150
Discover how Bridges Learning Center, a public K-12 Akron City school, meets student needs by providing wraparound services focusing on mental health and the whole child. This teacher-led panel will highlight some key features of the center and provide intervention ideas that can be used in programs throughout Ohio.
Akron City
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How one person can support over 400 educators - C 161A
How do we sustain great mental health initiatives? Discover how to build a tiered system of in-house support to keep evidence-based programs alive in multiple schools with minimal staff. Learn why in-house support is critical to keeping evidence-based practices alive and achieving the promised results.
Northwest Ohio ESC
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One in 10 children has an eating disorder - C 160A
This presentation dispels common myths about eating disorders; presents basic biological components of the disorder based on current brain research, including signs, symptoms and risks; and offers referral information geared toward the school-aged population.
The Center for Balanced Living
Handouts not provided

Stress management and resiliency training - C 162A
Emotional regulation impacts a student’s behavior, attendance and academics. When students are dysregulated, they cause disruption in the learning environment for themselves, classmates and teachers. Learn how the Stress Management And Resiliency Training (SMART) Lab integrates technology and social-emotional learning in a space designed for students to gain skills and return to the classroom ready to learn.
Pickerington Local (Fairfield)
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Suicide screening and symptoms - C 171
Miami University shares an overview of programming that specifically targets mental health interventions at the K-12 level. Learn about universal screening, addressing mental health triage in schools and suicide prevention strategies.
Miami University
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10:45 a.m. Social-emotional learning track

A team approach to social-emotional learning skill building - C 162B
The Specialized On-Site Support (SOS) Team shares its multidisciplinary approach for building professional capacity to address social-emotional learning. An administrative coach, board-certified behavior analyst, mental health specialist, instructional coach and an English learner specialist describe restorative practices, positive behavioral interventions and supports, trauma, cultural competency and more.
ESC of Central Ohio
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How mentoring can impact student success - C 151
Learn how to create, facilitate and grow a districtwide mentoring program for girls in middle and high schools. Review five years of proven results and growth from a program that began in three middle schools and continues to support those students through high school. The program connects students with their peers and female mentors from the local community while focusing its monthly meetings on self-esteem, goals, positive choices and thinking about the future. 
Westerville City
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Connections classroom - C 160B
Learn about the intensive Tier 3 behavioral support program taking place in the Northwest Local (Hamilton) School District to help elementary students who have behavioral and emotional needs that require intensive supports focusing on emotional regulation and coping, problem-solving and social skills while meeting each student’s educational needs.
Hamilton County ESC and Northwest Local
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Social-emotional learning: Classroom, building and district perspectives - C 170
Discover tools and strategies for social-emotional learning. Learn how educational leaders can implement social-emotional learning programs.
Claymont City, Hilliard City and Strongsville City
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Social-emotional learning in a cultural context - C 161B
Review the impact of culture in students’ academic achievement.
Ohio State University
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Transform the lives of wounded students - C 172
Emotional poverty has become a deterrent to academic success. Understanding the social-emotional needs of children of trauma in order to avoid using ineffective strategies and consequences is imperative to creating a thriving culture. This session will provide information on leadership, brain integration, empathy and nine personal and professional strategies for keeping wounded children engaged.
Hope 4 The Wounded LLC
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10:45 a.m. Student wellness success fund panel: A panel of experts answers your questions - Short North Ballroom
The recently passed biennial budget includes $675 million in new funding for student wellness and success programs that will be distributed to districts across the state. Experts from the Ohio School Boards Association and the Ohio Department of Education will provide insight into this new funding and answer your questions.
Ohio School Boards Association and Ohio Department of Education
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1:30 p.m. Mental health track

Building connections to catch every kid - C 160A
Learn how to catch every child in your school using strategies that build safe and secure attachments. These attachments help students improve self-regulation, increase their resiliency, sharpen their focus and improve academic performance. Study the signs of at-risk students and how to teach behavior skills that have a lasting impact.
University of Dayton
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Community and school resources for suicide prevention - C 171
Review community and school resources for suicide prevention, integrated mental health care and the role of Nationwide Children’s Hospital in meeting the behavioral health needs of students in Ohio schools. Learn about the SOS Signs of Suicide program, PAX Good Behavior Game, intervention options and family resources available through the On Our Sleeves program.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Suicide warnings fact sheetSuicide prevention crisis tips fact sheet • SOS for Parents brochure

Easy student campaigns for mental health - C 150
This session will provide all the information needed to easily implement two student campaigns to decrease mental health stigma and improve connectedness and culture. Hear how #ThereForMe day and Everyone Has a Story outreach required little to no cost and generated significant positive feedback.
Worthington City
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Our school has gone to the dogs! - C 162A
Learn how a partnership with Canine Companions for Independence transformed student services and dynamically impacted lives. Meet Darius, the district’s canine companion, and hear how a canine companion can support students’ mental health needs and enhance the work of school counselors and educators.
New Albany-Plain Local (Franklin)
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Resiliency: School nurses and the whole child - C 161A
School nurses are key health care providers in schools. Hear how the school nursing practice involves caring for the whole child, including both physical and mental health needs, and supports students, staff, families and the school community in building resiliency.
Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Association of School Nurses
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1:30 p.m. Social-emotional learning track

Engaging social-emotional learning classroom activities - C 162B
Discover engaging social-emotional learning (SEL) lessons for K-four students that implement the Ohio Social-Emotional Learning Standards. Walk away with ideas for hands-on activities, games, visuals, mindfulness practices and children’s literature examples for each SEL competency.
Minford Local (Scioto)
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Partnering for student wellness and success - C 151
Discover strategies to help districts partner with educational entities to provide wraparound supports for students.
ESC of Central Ohio and Montgomery County ESC
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Social-emotional learning district leadership team - C 172
Hear how Marion City’s social-emotional learning (SEL) district leadership team was created to lay the foundation for sustainable change in a district where students are economically disadvantaged and the majority are impacted by trauma. Learn how the team implemented an effective, trauma-informed approach in conjunction with SEL standards to allow for instruction to improve students’ self-regulation skills and reduce noninstructional barriers.
Marion City
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The other trauma no one talks about - C 161B
Engage in reflective discussion about racial and historical trauma and compassion fatigue. Discover how to consider schools as spaces of trauma, for both students and the adults who serve them, and learn strategies for self-care to create safe school spaces.
Plant-A-Seed Educational Consulting LLC
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Turning plans to action - C 160B
Maumee City administrators and teachers engaged in a collaborative process to build a guaranteed and viable social-emotional learning course of study using gap analysis, survey instruments, user-friendly templates and high staff involvement. Discover how it was customized for each grade band — K-five, six-eight and nine-12 — to meet learners’ unique needs at each level.
Maumee City
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Using social-emotional learning for organizational integration - C 170
This session includes a panel discussion about using social-emotional learning (SEL) to infuse the work of multiple departments and roles within one school district. District personnel whose roles focus on equity and inclusion, SEL curriculum, mental health services, student well-being, multitiered system of supports and professional development will share strategies for SEL implementation.
Olentangy Local (Delaware)
Handouts not provided

1:30 p.m. Student wellness success fund panel: A panel of experts answers your questions - Short North Ballroom
The recently passed biennial budget includes $675 million in new funding for student wellness and success programs that will be distributed to districts across the state. Experts from the Ohio School Boards Association and the Ohio Department of Education will provide insight into this new funding and answer your questions.
Ohio School Boards Association and Ohio Department of Education
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Resource Fair

Forty-five organizations and agencies will be on-site at the Mental Health and Social-Emotional Learning Summit to share information on their resources available to district staff. 

Supporting organizations

  • Buckeye Association of School Administrators
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness of Ohio
  • National School Boards Association
  • Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators
  • Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators
  • Ohio County Commissioners Association
  • Ohio Department of Education
  • Ohio Education Association
  • Ohio Educational Service Center Association
  • Ohio Federation of Teachers
  • Ohio High School Athletic Association
  • Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • Ohio School Boards Association
  • Ohio School Counselors Association
  • Ohio School Psychologists Association
  • Ohio State University
  • State of Ohio

Musical guests

The William Brady Project Band
These performers are a fundraising band that focuses on mental health awareness. All proceeds are used for funding the various programs and needs of The William Brady Organization Inc. To learn more, contact Karen Carlisle at (614) 516-7434 or email