Jay Affeldt - Executive Director - 608-663-1908
The Department of Student & Staff Support works collaboratively with departments across the central office to support the development of healthy, safe, and thriving school communities that create a true sense of belonging for all stakeholders. This includes support in the following areas:
CULTURE & CLIMATE
We believe that students, staff and families of all races, ethnicities, home languages, immigration statuses, disabilities, sexual orientations and gender identities are valuable members of our community. By creating positive supportive relationships, we will cultivate a sense of belonging for all. Four foundation practices feed this work; Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT), Restorative Justice (RJ), Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).
- Social Emotional Learning
- Restorative Justice
- Behavior Education Plan
- Progressive Discipline
- Welcoming Schools
SCHOOL-BASED SUPPORT TEAMS
Our school-based support teams work collaboratively, in partnership with teachers, administrators, families, and community organizations, to design and deliver customized student supports. The primary purpose of this team is to create environments that maximize opportunities for learning and ensure that all students develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to achieve personal success in college, career, and community.
Comprehensive school mental health services help educators prevent and respond to crises while fostering a school climate that supports teaching and learning. We can improve student outcomes through social and emotional supports by building positive relationships and increasing school engagement to help concentrate on learning.
Supports the health and wellness of individual students and school communities through a wide array of direct and indirect health services including screening, communicable disease surveillance, and care coordination.
Our department is committed to the physical, mental, and behavioral well-being of all students and staff in MMSD. We pride ourselves on supporting every school to be thriving school where every child graduates college, career, and community ready.