What Do I Need to Know?
Thanks to the generous support of the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, CATCH Global Foundation is bringing the Whole Child Guided Journey—a unique training, implementation and support model— to schools in Michigan in school year 2022-23.
CATCH Global Foundation is very clear and intentional about the role of the CATCH Program as a foundation and facilitator for other health and wellness programs and resources that are widely used in the state. The CATCH Program is not meant to replace any other programs. It is unique in its model and execution and is not redundant with other resources or programs. To the contrary, the CATCH Program can be an accelerator for schools that are using other health and wellness resources.
What is CATCH?
CATCH is an acronym that stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health. More than 15,000 schools and child care sites use CATCH’s evidence-based Whole Child wellness programs, reaching over 3 million PreK-12 students annually. For over 30 years, the CATCH platform has been proven to launch kids and communities towards healthier lifestyles. CATCH Global Foundation is committed to making the many evidence-based CATCH programs available to kids everywhere.
What is the main resource for creating a Coordinated Approach to Child Health?
Within the evidence-based CATCH Program, the main resource wellness teams use to achieve coordination around health and wellness initiatives is the Coordination Kit. The Coordination Kit is not a curriculum. It is a roadmap designed to get an entire campus involved in the process of implementing a coordinated approach to building a whole child supportive school environment and a culture of health. It provides a framework, resources and a common language for talking about and reinforcing healthy behaviors and mindsets. The Coordination Kit features embedded, intentional schoolwide SEL culture building alongside healthy eating, physical activity and other positive health behavior adoption. Implementing the simple and doable activities in the Coordination Kit lays the foundation for healthy students, healthy families, healthy faculty & staff– a healthy school community.
The Whole Child Guided Journey is a unique training, implementation and support model for school wellness leaders and teams over the course of a school year. As a result of participating in the CATCH Whole Child Guided Journey, school wellness leaders and teams will have the knowledge, skills, confidence, ability and resources to coordinate, lead and sustain whole child culture building in their school communities.
Is there an evaluation requirement?
There are minimal reporting requirements for participation in this grant-funded project. Evaluation does not include gathering student data.
- CATCH Champion survey
- Michigan Healthy School Action Tool (HSAT) school core module
- CATCH Digital Yearbook or HSAT success story
How does CATCH Global Foundation work with school districts or ISD’s to meet specific Whole Child priorities?
Whole Child Health and Wellness is a component of a school or district Continuous Quality Improvement Process. Through the CATCH Whole Child Guided Journey, CATCH Global Foundation provides consultation, coaching, training and resources customized to meet the needs of schools and districts as they work towards improving their overall Whole Child outcomes. All CATCH resources are available in the MiCIP Strategy Bank.
To begin, CATCH will engage districts in the Ready, Set, Let’s GO steps below to ensure that the Whole Child Guided Journey is meeting the needs of individual schools and districts.
- Ready: Conduct a needs assessment, asset map and/or data review to assess to identify district whole child priorities. A CATCH consultant can assist in this process if desired.
- Set: Design a Customized Whole Child Guided Journey. The main outcome of the CATCH Michigan program is Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community Culture and Climate Building & Sustainability. Based on identified district whole child priorities, districts can decide to include a specific focus area for their Whole Child Guided Journey
- Health Education
- Physical Education and Physical Activity
- Social Emotional Learning
Within the desired focus area, school or district personnel design their customized Whole Child Guided Journey from the menu of evidence-based CATCH curricula, resources, training and coaching support.
- Let’s Go! Get schools onboard
- School administrator from each campus acknowledges a Program Agreement
- School administrator identifies a Wellness Champion who convenes a Wellness Team at each campus
- School or district champion schedules training sessions for the school year
- School CATCH.org licenses are activated and school staff access CATCH curricula and resources
- $500 school stipend issued after initial training and school champion check-in
**Please note that if schools or districts are using non-CATCH Health, PE and/or SEL curricula such as Michigan Model for Health, EPEC, or Trails, they are not required to opt into any CATCH curricula.**
Evidence-based CATCH curricula, resources, training, support & coaching
All journeys start with the CATCH Coordination Kit featuring Michigan specific coordinated extensions and the Whole Child Leadership training and include the Family and Community Engagement asynchronous training. Districts can opt to add up to 3 customized training options and up to 2 CATCH curricular resources. A CATCH Consultant is available to help identify CATCH resources that will best support the needs of the school or district within each focus area.
|Curricula & Resources
*Live, virtual presentation unless otherwise noted
|Coaching & Technical Assistance
|Whole Child Culture Building
Coordination Kit (includes SEL anchor activities and Michigan Specific Coordinated resources)
- See CATCH: Staff Wellness & Adult Role Modeling
- Hear CATCH: Coordinating the Message around Health & Wellness
- Do CATCH: Recognizing & Rewarding Health Behaviors as a part of a Positive Behavior Intervention System
- Engage with CATCH: Partnering with families for a healthy school community
Focus Area Options
- Comprehensive Health Education
- Health Ed Journeys K-8 Curriculum
- CATCH My Breath: Youth Vaping Prevention 5-12 Curriculum
- Physical Education & Physical Activity
- PE Journeys K-8 Curriculum
- Social Emotional Learning
- SEL Journeys K-12 Curriculum
- Whole Child Leadership
- Family & Community Engagement (asynchronous)
- The Language of CATCH
- Meaningful Movement & Health in the Classroom
- Seamless Recess
- PE Basics (in-person only)
- SEL & PE: A Perfect Match
- SEL Journeys Implementation (live virtual or asynchronous)
- Supporting Students & Staff with SEL
- Celebrate & Sustain Workshop
- CATCH My Breath Teacher In-Service
- Quarterly virtual site visits with a CATCH Guide
- Monthly email communication
- Responsive Technical Assistance as needed
Training session descriptions
- Whole Child Leadership Training
During this interactive virtual training, wellness team members learn how to create a school culture that teaches, incorporates, and reinforces healthy behaviors, physical literacy and emotional wellness, including effective leadership skills and strategies for achieving buy-in and coordination on the school campus.
- Family & Community Engagement Training
During this asynchronous training, school wellness leaders learn how to Connect (build positive relationships and raise awareness), Engage (communicate and provide opportunities for participation/input), and Sustain (extend beyond school and home with community activities) for family and community engagement.
Customized Training Options
The Language of CATCH: Building a Culture of Health
This live, virtual training will help Wellness Champions introduce and leverage a common language about food choices, physical activity, and social-emotional competencies into instructional and non-instructional places and spaces throughout the school day. In this way, health message reinforcement and skills practice move beyond the walls of the classroom and/or gym and into the rest of the school building and community.
- Meaningful Movement and Health in the Classroom
This live, virtual training helps prepare classroom teachers and other school staff to incorporate physical activity and health content into their regular routines and curriculum.
PE Basics (Live in-person only)
If we want children to make the decision to be physically active, we must provide enjoyable physical activity experiences that teach and encourage students to be active now and for a lifetime. CATCH PE is designed to promote children’s enjoyment of and participation in MVPA (Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity) during PE classes, recess and out of school time activities and recreation with family and friends. Teachers will learn the CATCH BASICS of PE instruction and management to maximize activity time, positive class management and culture building, and opportunities for students to practice a variety of standards based skills and knowledge.
SEL & PE: A Perfect Match
Physical education is an ideal platform to engage students in SEL. During this interactive virtual training, participants are provided with strategies and tools to seamlessly integrate SEL into their existing PE curriculum and practices.
Recess is one of the few non-instructional periods during the school day. That doesn’t mean students are not learning! Recess should provide students the opportunity to practice physical literacy skills and engage in physical activity and activities that promote social and emotional development. In this live virtual training, school personnel and leaders will be introduced to recess best practices and organizational tools to help make recess positive and productive for all.
SEL Journeys Implementation Training
Available in an asynchronous or live, virtual format, this training provides participants with foundational knowledge about social and emotional learning and how to effectively facilitate SEL Journeys lessons in their classroom.
Supporting Students & Staff with SEL
This live, virtual training provides educators with new ideas and strategies for addressing their own interpersonal needs, such as managing emotions and stress and building strong relationships. From there, learners will build upon their own growth to address student needs.
I'm the wellness leader at my school, what do I have to do to participate in the Whole Child Guided Journey?
- Training: School wellness leaders engage in up to four training touchpoints over the course of a school year to build their knowledge, skills, confidence and ability to lead whole child culture building in their school communities. Training series can be customized to meet Whole Child needs of individual school districts and integrated into district professional development.
- Implementation: Dovetailed with each training, school wellness leaders will employ the CATCH cornerstone resource, the Whole Child Coordination Kit, to involve their entire campus in the process of implementing a coordinated approach to a whole child supportive school environment and a culture of health and wellness, including social emotional wellbeing.
- Support: A CATCH Guide will be there to support you every step of the way with regular check in’s and consultation.
- Culminating Project: Wellness leaders and teams will document their WCGJ with the CATCH Yearbook Portfolio. You can see CATCH in Action in WCGJ alumni schools here.
Will the CATCH Program compete with the Michigan Model for Health or other comprehensive health education or PE curricula?
No, the CATCH Program is primarily focused on environmental and culture change through training and implementing the CATCH Coordination Kit, not on instruction. Of course, having a high quality physical education program and a comprehensive health education curriculum is a crucial component of a school that serves the whole child. Our belief is that once a school starts to embrace a culture of health and wellness with the CATCH program, it will be more likely to support this crucial instruction whether it uses CATCH resources or any other resources. Also, any health or PE instruction will be more impactful when it is supported by a school environment that values and reinforces a culture of health and wellness. The CATCH Program and Michigan Model or other health curricula and resources should be mutually reinforcing and beneficial.
The CATCH family of resources does include Physical Education, Health Education, and Social Emotional Learning components. Many schools use our component modules to enhance or flesh out their existing PE and health curricula.
Do schools have to use the CATCH curriculum resources as a part of the Coordination Kit work or the CATCH Whole Child Guided Journey?
No, the CATCH Coordination Kit includes just one basic student-facing lesson for each grade band: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. The purpose of this lesson is to set the stage for the CATCH Program by introducing students to the Language of CATCH, a common language used by everyone in the school to talk about healthy eating and healthy behaviors and mindsets. Beyond that, schools are free to choose PE and health curricula that work best for them.
Is there a cost to the CATCH Program?
Yes, the CATCH resources and training have a cost associated just as any other school resource or service. Through our Michigan Health Endowment Fund grant , CATCH Global Foundation is able to provide the CATCH Program free of charge to most schools in school year 2022-23.
Can schools participating in the Building Healthy Communities or its related programs such as Step Up to Wellness use the CATCH Program at the same time?
Yes, CATCH’s unique resource is the Coordination Kit that can bring structure, organization and resources for school wellness teams that are moving through other capacity building programs. In fact, many schools that have successfully engaged in CATCH Michigan had either graduated from the BHC program or were concurrently doing both programs. All of the champions at those schools reported that it was easy and seamless to combine and that CATCH was additive to the program and not redundant or competitive. CATCH stands for Coordinated Approach to Child Health. As our name implies, CATCH is all about coordination amongst and between all stakeholders working towards the common goal of whole child school environments.