School Climate Transformation Project
About the Project
To help keep students safe and improve their learning environments, the U.S. Department of Education has developed a program called “Now is the Time.” As part of this program, the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District has been awarded a School Climate Transformation Grant. Over the next five years the grant project will produce many positive outcomes in the WAWM School District. These outcomes include improved academic achievement, reduced student behavior referrals, and improved school learning environments.
WAWM Mindful Living and Learning Initiative
The WAWM School District and the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (CIHM) will be studying the impact of Mindful Living and Learning teacher training and mindfulness-based classroom instruction on improving achievement and behavioral outcomes of students in grades six through eight. WAWM will expand its counseling curriculum and CIHM project staff who are highly trained in teaching well-being and developing mindful schools will enhance students social and emotional skills through lessons.
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds was founded by renowned neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson. Dr. Davidson along with associated faculty and staff have pioneered research on non-cognitive factors and have demonstrated their impact on well-being and major life outcomes. Scientists and collaborators at CIHM have developed a mindfulness-based "Kindness Curriculum" with demonstrated success in the classroom.