We are leading a national conversation about the importance of “prevention” versus “treatment” of health and well-being of our youth, families, and society. It is critical, in our view, that all 50 state governors and chief state school officers relay to students, parents, health care professionals, and teachers the interconnectedness among mental health and well-being to their success in school and in life.

Overview of authorized topics under Section 4108 of the ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, 2015) is helping to make headway in prevention with provisions for whole student development and well-being as a part of the definition of “achievement or student success” and alternative measures.

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We are proud to have influenced the new ESSA requirements and provisions through our research, publishing, consulting to the United States Department of Education, and advocacy work.

About the Author:

Dr. Henry G. Brzycki and Elaine J. Brzycki have more than 30 years of experience providing leadership to the fields of education and psychology. They founded The Brzycki Group and The Center for the Self in Schools, where their work shaped our understanding of how schooling can produce SEL and student wellness outcomes. They are co-founders of an innovative think tank providing thought leadership on emotional, psychological and physical well-being through education with the unique mission of “providing thought leadership in education and psychology to impact the human condition.” Henry and Elaine are authors of three best-selling books that represent the future of higher education and K-12 schooling and have received the highest reviews, praise and awards: Mental Health for All Toolkit; Student Success in Higher Education: Developing the Whole Person through High-Impact Practices; The Self in Schooling: Theory and Practice – How to Create Happy, Healthy, Flourishing Children in the 21st Century. They can be contacted at: Henry@Brzyckigroup.com.