Program Services & Resources

  • System of Supports

     At Kingsway, we use a multi-tiered system of supports to meet the needs of all learners. 

     

    TIER 1: Proactive interventions and supports fall under Tier 1 and are generally effective for 80-90% of the total student population. Quality curriculum and programs such as mindfulness (Educate 2B), that the entire student body has access to, are examples of Tier 1 supports. Prevention also falls within Tier 1. Universal Screening for social, emotional, and behavioral wellness is one preventative measure that the district can utilize to both effectively capture the needs of the entire student body and plan accordingly for interventions and supports. 

     

    TIER 2: Some students, typically 5-10% of the student population who are found “at-risk,” benefit from targeted or small group interventions. 

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    TIER 3: Still others, roughly 1-5% of the student population, will require more individualized and intensive interventions at Tier 3. At Kingsway, students in Tier 3 are case managed by the Intervention & Referral Services Team. This team creates and monitors an individualized student intervention plan. Others at Tier 3 might be supported by the Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC). This individual can facilitate school-based counseling services and, if fitting, provide referrals to community agencies. Post intervention activities, such as the development of re-entry plans and student assistance plans, helps to ensure that students remain supported for an extended period.

Community Resources

Publications & Research

  • Marijuana and the developing brain

    Most states are legalizing marijuana, but concerns remain about its long-term effects on the adolescent brain.

    By: Kirsten Weir, Nov. 2015 for American Psychological Association

     

    Effects of Cannabis on the Adolescent Brain

    Marijuana use in adolescents and teens show effects on neurocognitive performance, macrostructural and microstructural brain development, and alterations in brain functioning.

    By: Joanaa Jacobus and Susan F. Tapert, US National Library of Medicine, NIH

      

    Alcohol's Effects on the Adolescent Brain

    By: Susanne Hiller-Sturmhofel, Ph.D and H. Scott Swartzwelder, Ph.D. for Alcohol Research & Health

     

    Alcohol and the Developing Brain

    A central nervous system depressant, alcohol has been found to change brain structure in adolescents and teens. Specifically, the brain's frontal lobes, hippocampus, cerebral cortex, cerebellum, hypothalamus and medulla have been negatively affected.

    By: tooSMARTtoSTART

     

    Research & Articles on Mindfulness

    From: Allison Morgan, Zensational Kids

     

    Mindfulness Exercise (Example)

    A brief exercise that helps to relax the body and calm the mind. A small "taste" of the Zensational Kids' Educate 2B program. 

     By: Allison Morgan, Zensational Kids