MARSHFIELD – Today's children and youth must navigate a complex, academically competitive, and ever changing world. Overwhelming evidence demands that we complement the emphasis on academics with the expansion of social and emotional skills and competencies that are equally important for students to succeed in school and in life.
To address these demands, Marshfield Clinic Health System Center for Community Health Advancement is supporting the implementation of its Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Life Tools program curriculum in 31 school and afterschool programs across Wisconsin.
“We are pleased to be supporting the SEL-Life Tools program in these school and afterschool programs and look forward to building a partnership in addressing social emotional learning of students," said Jay Shrader, vice president, Community Health & Wellness, Center for Community Health Advancement.
Marshfield Clinic Health System child psychologists Dr. Michael Schulein and Dr. Kelsie-Marie Offenwanger developed the SEL curriculum, which is built from the foundation of therapeutic techniques and focuses on developing social emotional tools that youth can use to thrive in their day-to-day lives.
The curriculum includes the Life Tools program, which is an eight-week course consisting of weekly one-hour group sessions conducted during afterschool hours facilitated by a school counselor, school social worker or an credentialed professional counselor for identified youth ages 7-14 experiencing social emotional and/or mental health difficulties.
The Life Tools program starts with an intentional time for standalone social and emotional learning. Facilitators can then start to look for ways to authentically weave the tools into their day-to-day interactions at school, while students look for ways to integrate the tools across settings. Children and youth notice when teachers, school leaders, and family members have positive relationships with one another. This implicitly models the Life Tools for them and positively reinforces the tools being used.
“We recognize from human history and innovative research that success comes from academic knowledge, the ability to work with others, and a sense of belonging and safety," said Dr. Kelsie-Marie Offenwanger, child and adolescent psychologist, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health. “The Life Tools curriculum provides safe, collaborative and fun learning experiences to help children and youth develop their social and emotional skills."
Center for Community Health Advancement is supporting the implementation of the SEL-Life Tools program in the following schools and afterschool programs:
|Almond Bancroft School District|
|Cornell School District |
|Ladysmith Area School District |
|Rothschild Elementary School, DC Everest School District |
|Superior High School, Superior School District |
|Spooner Area School District |
|Lake Holcombe School District |
|Riverview Elementary (A+ After School Program), Wautoma |
|Fall Creek Elementary School, Fall Creek School District |
|Waupun Area School District |
|Pittsville School District |
|Alexander Middle School, Nekoosa School District |
|Chequamegon School District-North Campus|
|Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua |
|Shell Lake School District |
|Weston Elementary School, DC Everest School District |
|Mountain Bay Elementary, DC Everest School District |
|Minocqua J1 School District |
|Columbus Catholic Schools, Marshfield |
|Phillips Elementary School, Phillips School District |
|Boys & Girls Club of Portage County |
|North Elementary School, Antigo School District |
|Stratford Elementary School, Stratford School District |
|Port Edwards Elementary School, Port Edwards School District |
|OWL Program - CLC Madison Elementary, Marshfield |
|West Elementary, Antigo School District |
|Antigo Middle School, Antigo School District |
|Assumption Middle School, Wisconsin Rapids |
|Lac du Flambeau School District |
|Riverside Elementary School, DC Everest School District |
|North Lakeland School District |
|Wisconsin Rapids School District |