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The "Whole Child" Approach to Education

As part of Michigan’s Top 10 in 10 initiative, schools are beginning to rethink what it means to address the “whole child” in education. Rather than focusing solely on a student’s academic needs, this approach suggests, we have an obligation to tend to a student’s cognitive, physical, behavioral, social and emotional needs as well. Research shows that this approach leads students to improved academic performance by meeting their basic needs and providing greater motivation for success.

What is Suite360?

Suite360 is a multiplatform online character development and behavior intervention program designed by Evolution Labs. After 20 years of working with students in higher education, Evolution Labs realized that students often come to college underprepared in the realm of social and emotional learning.

To address to this need, they curated a library of thousands of educational videos, articles, activities, surveys, heuristics reflections and lessons on 600 topics critical to students’ social, emotional and behavioral needs developed by school psychologists, guidance counselors, nutritionists, therapists, classroom teachers and administrators.

“Districts across the state of Michigan are looking for ways to implement restorative practices. Legislators created a law that requires schools to engage in restorative practices, but how to do so is a different story. When Stephen Hawley our principal and I came across Suite360 at a conference last summer, we said Suite360 pretty much exactly fits Restorative Practices that the state is talking about in terms of education for students. Suite360 meets students where they’re at and gives them the opportunity to learn a little bit about why they’re in ISS in the first place and how they can improve their decision-making. If districts are looking for ways to comply with restorative practices, Suite360 is a good fit.”

— Kyle Meteyer, Associate Principal, Lake Orion High School
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Program Benefits

  • Multi-platform content can be used across devices (browser-based, mobile-friendly, includes free app for students to download)
  • Content is highly customizable to meet your students’ needs
  • Content differentiated into grade-appropriate content (K-12)
  • Content aligned to CASEL outcomes
  • Administrator dashboard provides robust options for student data reporting
  • Can be integrated into PE or Health curriculum, or used as a stand-alone character development program
  • Pre- and post-assessments available
  • Language translation options available
  • Personalized with your school logo and links to your resources
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Aligned to CASEL's core SEL competencies

Suite360 is research and evidence-backed, with much of the content aligned with the standards developed by the National Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and mapped to the grade-specific learning objectives published by various federal and state education boards.

CASEL’s Core SEL Competencies

The four programs we offer include:

These programs can be purchased individually or bundled together for a discounted price.

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Suite360 (For Students)

Students’ social-emotional competencies affects school climate and learning in the classroom. Many teachers are compelled — through mandates or circumstances — to provide students with social-emotional learning. The Suite360 program contains a content library and curriculum that responds to the growing list of challenges that students face. Content includes videos, interactive games, articles and other engaging multimedia. All content is tagged by topic and grade, so you can find what you need when you need it. Suite360 Students provides a consistent delivery of social-emotional learning as both classroom-based and student-driven experiences.

Over 600 Topics!

  • Bullying/hazing
  • Mental health issues
  • Anger management
  • Social media use (pressures and responsible use)
  • Drugs & Alcohol (vaping)
  • Bystander intervention
  • Nutrition and wellness
  • Social awareness
  • Academic success
  • Stress management
  • Goal-setting
  • Respect
  • Time management
  • Community service
  • And hundreds more!

Articles & Infographics

As part of our blog series on Restorative Justice in Michigan Schools, we’ve created downloadable infographics that will inform you about some of the basics of Michigan’s new restorative justice law, as well as MDE’s recommendations for implementing restorative justice in your school.

7 infractions best addressed by restorative practices: 1) interpersonal conflict 2) bullying 3) verbal and physical conflicts, 4) theft, 5) property damage, 6) class disruption, 7) harassment and cyberbullying
7 factors to consider before resorting to suspension or expulsion under Michigan's new restorative justice law: 1) student's age, 2) disciplinary history, 3) disability, 4) seriousness of behavior, 5) safety risk, 6) use of restorative practices, and 7) level of intervention necessary
steps to implementing a restorative justice program: 1) assess whether or not a restorative justice philosophy will work for your community and whether your leadership will be able to shift paradigms from punishment to healing the harm caused by offenses 2) consider whether or not you want to implement ALL or SOME components of restorative justice, 3) obtain staff buy-in, 4) identify a core staff/team to ensure fidelity in the implementation of your program, 5) train staff in RJ principles and practices, 6) establish a method for data collection
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Your In-School Suspension (ISS) Solution

The philosophy behind Restorative Justice is that student misconduct is best mitigated by a response that focuses on healing rather than punishment. Rather than relying on out-of-school suspensions, more and more schools are turning to educational in-school suspension practices that educate students about why their actions were harmful to themselves, their peers and their community. Suite360 Intervention (ISS360) offers a restorative justice solution for in-school suspension by turning discipline into a learning opportunity and providing students with lessons based on their infraction.

ISS students can explore topics including:

  • Skipping class
  • Cutting school
  • Drug use
  • Profanity
  • Respect
  • Sexting
  • Gender discrimination
  • Racial intolerance
  • Cyberbullying
  • And many more!
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P360 (For Parents)

When it comes to social and emotional learning, schools can only do so much. When students leave school property, it’s also important for lessons learned to be positively reinforced at home.  Suite360 Parents (P360) provides families with information on critical student issues in a convenient and private format, equipping families to have smart conversations with their children.

Parents can explore topics including:

  • Helicopter parents
  • “Peer”-ents
  • Talking about drugs and alcohol
  • Guidance and respect
  • Learning about money
  • Respecting others
  • Body image
  • Goals and challenges
  • Bullying
  • Conflict resolution
  • Academic integrity
  • Tell me anything
  • Grades
  • Let them grow up
  • Social media
  • Don’t be (too) critical
  • Family time
  • Letting them grow up
  • Sexuality
  • Depression
  • Emotional management
  • And many more!
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A360 (For Administrators & Staff)

Our students aren’t the only ones who can benefit from learning more about social and emotional issues! This great professional development opportunity helps administrators, teachers and other staff members who interact with students better understand how they can promote social and emotional wellness in their school.  Suite360 Staff (A360) empowers school staff with sensitivity training and state-specific compliance delivered to their devices throughout the year.

 

Administrators and staff can explore topics including:

  • Harassment, intimidation & bullying
  • Equity in the classroom
  • Inappropriate relationships
  • Cyberbullying
  • De-escalating conflict
  • And many more!

Title IV Funding

As part of a massive new spending bill, lawmakers are prepared to provide $1.1 billion in aid to help boost school safety and mental-health resources in districts around the country. You can take advantage of this federal funding in your school or district, and use a portion to deploy Suite360.

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Did you know we also offer free professional learning on SEL for educators?

In partnership with the Michigan Department of Education, we’ve created a series of free online courses that inform educators on best practices in social-emotional learning. If you’re interested in partnering with us to offer your entire staff in this training, explore our District-Provided Professional Development options.

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