Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships | Training and Access Project (TAP)

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Phone: +1-617-919-3226

BCHNP@childrens.harvard.edu


Project Description

The Training and Access Project (TAP) offers high quality professional development and consultation services to Boston schools to help build capacity to address students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health needs. The project is based on a two-year partnership and commitment between BCHNP-TAP and each school. Each year, five new schools will partner with TAP eventually reaching 25 schools over the next five years.

TAP offers two main components:

1) A learning collaborative providing professional development and training

Each partnering school identifies a team of 4-5 key members of the school community (teachers, administrators, school behavioral health professionals, nurses, support staff)  to attend the Learning Collaborative. Over the course of two years, they receive a total of 27.5 hours of professional development specifically designed to address the unique needs of schools around social, emotional, and behavioral health. The trainings combine information with group discussion, activities, specific strategies to use in their schools, and learning best practices across schools. Topics for both years can be found at the bottom of this page. 

2) Individualized consultation services for each school provided by a TAP consultant.

Each school receives up to 120 hours of consultation from a TAP Consultant over the course of the partnership. Consultation is delivered on site at the school.  The  TAP Consultant meets regularly with the identified team and together they develop goals, create action plans, in order to work towards sustainable systems within the school to address social, emotional, and behavioral health.  

Partnering Schools for 2015-2017:

  1. James J. Chittick School (K-5), Mattapan, MA 
  2. John Winthrop School (K-5), Dorchester, MA
  3. Mary E. Curley School (K-8), Jamaica Plain, MA
  4. Maurice J. Tobin School (K-8), Roxbury, MA
  5. Up Academy Charter School (K-8), Dorchester, MA

Partnering Schools for 2016-2018:

  1. Willam E. Channing Elementary (K-5) Hyde Park 
  2. Henry Grew Elementary (K-5) Hyde Park
  3. John F. Kennedy Elementary (K-5) Jamaica Plain
  4. Thomas J. Kenny Elementary (K-5) Dorchester
  5. Michael J. Perkins Elementary (K-5) South Boston

Training Topics for BCHNP-TAP Learning Collaborative:

Year 1:

  • An Overview of Social Emotional Development: What Can We Expect in the Classroom?
  • Strategies for Supporting Students in the Classroom
  • What is Behavioral Health? Symptoms and Systems
  • Tips and Tools for Crisis Intervention and Management
  • Stress Management and Self Care for the Educator
  • Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning
  • Developing Dissemination Strategies for Addressing Social Emotional Health the Upcoming School Year

Year 2:


  • Implementing School Wide Initiatives: Planning for Success
  • Building Effective Teams to Address Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health
  • Working Together to Make a Sustainable Plan for Your School
  • Agents of Change: Keeping the Work Going

We would like to thank the Clough Foundation, Manton Foundation, and C.F. Adams Charitable Trust for making this project possible.

 September
An Overview Social Emotional Development:  What Can We Expect in the Classroom?
 October 2015
 Strategies for a Supporting Students in the Classroom
 December 2015
 What is Behavioral Health?  Symptoms and Systems
 January 2016
 Tips and Tools for Crisis Intervention & Management
 February 2016
 Stress Management & Self Care for the Educator
 March 2016
 Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning
 May 2016
 Developing Dissemination Strategies for Addressing Social Emotional Health for 2016-2017
 September
An Overview Social Emotional Development:  What Can We Expect in the Classroom?
 October 2015
 Strategies for a Supporting Students in the Classroom
 December 2015
 What is Behavioral Health?  Symptoms and Systems
 January 2016
 Tips and Tools for Crisis Intervention & Management
 February 2016
 Stress Management & Self Care for the Educator
 March 2016
 Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning
 May 2016
 Developing Dissemination Strategies for Addressing Social Emotional Health for 2016-2017
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