PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Education received a $2.5 million federal School Climate Transformation grant to expand programs that address social, emotional and behavioral needs of students, RIDE announced Tuesday.
The grant will provide RIDE $500,000 annually over five years. Participating schools will conduct needs assessments and develop plans for their student populations.
RIDE will work with the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity and the Northern Rhode Island Collaborative to support youth with or at risk for behavioral health issues.
“In order to educate our kids, we need to support our kids, not just academically but socially and emotionally as well,” said Ken Wagner, R.I. commissioner of elementary and secondary education, in a statement. “When a school has a positive culture where students feel safe, included and valued, they are more likely to perform at their best. School climate has a definite impact on student outcomes, and this funding will help us to foster the kinds of engaging school communities that can make all the difference in the life of a child.”
The SCT grant specifically is intended to fund an evidence-based multitiered behavioral framework for students that display at-risk behavior in order to improve a school’s climate for all students.
The grant is overseen by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education.