Commonwealth Collaborations

Beyond impact on campus and in local schools, the McDowell Institute has continued to influence practice broadly across school systems in the Commonwealth through collaborative endeavors with state level partners through the Community of Practice on School-based Behavioral Health. These endeavors, in an aligned manner with outreach activities on campus and in local schools, support implementation of empirically supported practices to support social, emotional and behavioral wellness of PK-12 students. One example of an important outcome from these state level partnerships is the emergence of an area of endorsement to be offered through the Pennsylvania Department of Education referred to as Social, Emotional and Behavioral Wellness of PK-12 Students. The establishment of this endorsement is projected to have a positive impact on educator preparatory programs prospectively across all ninety institutions of higher education that offer educator preparatory programs in Pennsylvania…thus potentially impacting practices in all schools across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. An additional, equally powerful state wide initiative operated through the McDowell Institute in 2017-18 is known as the YMHFA IHE Project through which formal partnerships have been formed with 14 other institutions of higher education that operate educator preparatory programs to embed YMHFA training along with additional forms of evidence-based practices that support social, emotional and behavioral wellness within their educator preparatory programs. One immediate result of this initiative has been each of these institutions initiating YMHFA training within their educator preparatory programs during this academic year (e.g., 279 aspiring teachers from these other institutions have completed YMHFA training as of April 2018).

YMHFA IHE Project Partners 2018-19

Arcadia University
Clarion University
Drexel University
Elizabethtown College
Gannon University
Grove City College
Kutztown University
Misericordia University
Penn State Harrisburg
Temple University
University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University
Westminster College

YMHFA IHE Project Partners 2017-18

Institution of Higher Education
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
Cabrini College
California University of Pennsylvania
Eastern University
East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Holy Family University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Neumann University
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
St. Joe’s University
Susquehanna University
Temple University
York College