Wellbeing is at the core of learning
We are proposing an innovative contextual view that places student mental health and wellbeing at the center of all schooling processes. From this perspective, student success across the entire K-16 educational experience can and should be measured by mental health and wellbeing outcomes, not simply academic achievement or graduation and retention rates.

We can expose everyone in our society to mental health and wellbeing best practices. We can teach all school-aged children, adolescents, and young adults how to be healthy, build social-emotional learning and student wellbeing practices into K-16 classrooms, and integrate efforts across the entire K-16 experience.

Research demonstrates that people’s success comes only partially from the intellect, and it is more important to develop optimism levels, social supports, and the ability to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat. The lens through which we see the world creates our realities—from the inside out—and the K-16 educational system has the ability, and responsibility, to help students develop their own unique lens.

Student wellbeing is more important than you think

Transformative models and high impact practices are available. We can create wellness and the better society we envision. Please join us throughout 2019—and read our monthly articles on eSchool News and eCampus News—as we open a conversation with K-16 educators to transform our mindset to produce positive student health and wellbeing outcomes.

About the Author:

Dr. Henry G. Brzycki and Elaine J. Brzycki have more than 30 years of experience providing lead-ership to the fields of education and psychology. They co-founded The Brzycki Group & The Center for the Self in Schools, an innovative think tank that provides thought leadership on emotional, psychological and physical well-being outcomes through education, with a mission to impact the human condition. Their three academic best-selling books represent the future of integrating well-being into K-16 education: Mental Health for All Toolkit (2019); Student Success in Higher Education: Developing the Whole Person through High-Impact Practices (2016); and The Self in Schooling: Theory and Practice: How to Create Happy, Healthy, Flourishing Children in the 21st Century (2013). Your thoughts and ideas are welcome at Henry@Brzyckigroup.com.


Add your opinion to the discussion.