Whole Child & Equity Support

What do we do?

The Michigan Department of Education has adopted a continuous improvement process known as MICIP. This process centers around the WSCC Model, a collaboration with ASCD and CDC, which places the individual student at the center of the model. Grounded in the five tenets of the WSCC Model, we provide services to assist our educators in helping students feel healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.

Berrien RESA’s Whole Child Consultant offers consultation support and professional learning opportunities for educators in Berrien County. Areas of focus include: Equity, Trauma and Resilience in Education, Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Restorative Practices through using best practices and science implementation within the MTSS framework. In addition, the Whole Child Consultant provides MICIP support, as well as an understanding of the WSCC model and its implementation in the School Improvement Process.

Our Offerings

We provide professional learning, consultation, training and support to local districts in the following areas:

  • Equity
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Understanding Trauma
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Building Positive Relationships with Students
  •   Employee Wellness (Self-care)
  •   Cultural Proficiency
  • Culturally-Responsive Practices
  •   LGBTQ+: Designing Inclusive Environments
  •   Implicit Bias
  • Restorative Practices & Restorative Justice
  • Social and Emotional Climate

We are here for YOU!

Our Tiered Delivery System Includes:

  • Tier I-Open training and support for all educators across the area.
  • Tier II-Customized training and support with district or building teams.
  • Tier III- Job-embedded coaching and continued support for building leaders.

Whole Child School Improvement Consultation Services

  • CNA Supports
  • Root Cause Analysis Data-driven decision-making
  •  School Improvement Goals (writing, monitoring, evaluating)
  •  School Improvement Team
  •  Planning Professional Development to align with DIP/SIP

Customizable Professional Development Topics List

  • Building Positive Relationships & Best Practices
  • Promoting Physical Health & Wellness in the Classroom
  • Promoting Mental Health & Wellness in the Classroom
  • Self-Care for Educators
  • Cultural Identity & Awareness
  • Culturally Responsive Practices
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ Students & Families
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • Legal & Ethical Updates for Educators

Trauma and Resilience in Education

  • Healing Trauma & Restoring Resilience in Schools
  • Mind Body Skills for Emotional Regulation 
  • Practicing Resilience: Essential Self-Care Strategies for Helping Professionals
  • Resetting for Resilience
  • Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools

Contact Information

Abbie Benfield
Whole Child Consultant
269-471-7725 ext 3282
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