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Inaugural CA Student Mental Wellness Conference

California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
March 9, 2017

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals:

INAUGURAL CALIFORNIA STUDENT MENTAL WELLNESS CONFERENCE

I am writing today to invite you to participate in the inaugural California Student Mental Wellness Conference: Promoting Student Mental Wellness and Improving School Climate on April 17, 2017, in Rocklin, California. This conference is co-sponsored by the California Department of Education and Wellness Together.

The principal focus of this one-day conference is to identify ways to successfully support students who may have mental health needs and examine new ways to keep our students in school and engaged in learning when they have had behavioral difficulties.

The purpose of the conference is to inspire and assist school districts to identify strategies that support students’ mental health. All staff members play pivotal roles and have influence over students’ lives. The conference will address how to use this influence to reap positive outcomes. Workshops are designed for all staff members, including classified staff, who too often do not receive professional development in this area.

Attendees of this conference will learn how to: (1) use practical skills from the state’s leading voices in student mental health; (2) promote student mental wellness; (3) create a positive school climate; and (4) reduce social-emotional barriers to increase student learning.

We know that a school climate that includes caring relationships between staff and students, physical and emotional safety, and academic and emotional support truly makes a positive difference. We also know that our collaborative efforts to support our students’ academic success are futile when students’ mental health needs are not met.

For more information on the California Student Mental Wellness Conference, please visit the Wellness Together Web page at http://www.wellnesstogether.org/conference/.

If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact Monica Nepomuceno, Education Programs Consultant in the Educational Options, Student Support, and American Indian Education Office, by phone at 916-323-2212 or by e-mail at mnepomuceno@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

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2017-01408

Last Reviewed: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

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