Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships | Training and Access Project (TAP)

About TAP

The Training and Access Project (TAP) offers high-quality professional development and consultation services to Boston schools to help build educators’ capacity to address students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health needs. Each year, TAP partners with 5 new schools. The project is based on a two-year partnership with each school and is free for participating schools. The list of our partnering schools can be found at the bottom of this page.

TAP offers two main components:

  • Learning Collaborative providing professional development and training

The Learning Collaborative is the cornerstone of TAP as it provides comprehensive training on topics tailored for schools that address social, emotional, and behavioral health. Each of the trainings integrate psycho-education and important concepts such as engaging families, cultural responsiveness, and impact on academics and learning. The Learning Collaborative is based on the concept that knowledge is gained through people actively interacting and sharing experiences. Facilitators and participants have had both overlapping and unique experiences and participants can capitalize on one another’s resources and skills. This model of learning engages participants by utilizing different methods for presenting and discussing material: group activities, small and large group discussion, team reflections, didactic presentations, and opportunities to network with individuals from different schools.

Each partnering school identifies a team of 4-5 key members (teachers, administrators, school behavioral health professionals, nurses, support staff) to attend the Learning Collaborative. Over the course of two years, participants receive a total of 33 hours of professional development specifically designed to address the unique needs of schools, while having the opportunity to learn best practices across schools. Topics for both years can be found below. 

  •  Individualized consultation services for each school provided by a TAP consultant.

Each school receives up to 120 hours of consultation from a TAP Consultant over the course of the partnership. Consultation is delivered on-site at the school.  The TAP Consultant meets regularly with an identified team along with leadership and together they develop goals, create action plans, in order to work towards sustainable systems within the school to address social, emotional, and behavioral health.

 

We also offer free online trainings on Social-Emotional Learning and Behavioral Health for educators everywhere through TAP Online.

Training Topics for BCHNP-TAP Learning Collaborative:

Year 1:
  • An Overview of Social Emotional Development: What Can We Expect in the Classroom?
  • Strategies for Supporting Students in the Classroom
  • What is Behavioral Health? Symptoms and Systems
  • Tips and Tools for Crisis Intervention and Management
  • Stress Management and Self Care for the Educator
  • Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning
  • Implementing School Wide Initiatives: Addressing Social Emotional Health

Year 2: 

  • Building Effective Teams to Address Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health
  • Working Together to Make a Sustainable Plan for Your School
  • Agents of Change: Managing Transitions and Keeping the Work Going

 

Our Partnering Schools:

2018-2020:

  1. George H. Conley (K-5) Roslindale
  2. Dr. Catherine Ellison/Rosa Parks Early Education School Haynes (K0-3) Mattapan
  3. Haynes Early Education Center (K0-1) Roxbury
  4. Mattahunt Elementary School (K-2) Mattapan
  5. William Munroe Trotter (K-8) Dorchester

2017-2019:

  1. Boston Teachers Union School (K-8) Jamaica Plain 
  2. Conservatory Lab Charter School (K-5) Dorchester
  3. Edward Everett Elementary School (K-5) Dorchester
  4. Higginson-Lewis School (K-5) Roxbury
  5. Mission Hill Pilot School (K-8) Jamaica Plain

2016-2018:

  1. Willam E. Channing Elementary (K-5) Hyde Park 
  2. Henry Grew Elementary (K-5) Hyde Park
  3. John F. Kennedy Elementary (K-5) Jamaica Plain
  4. Thomas J. Kenny Elementary (K-5) Dorchester
  5. Michael J. Perkins Elementary (K-5) South Boston

2015-2017:

  1. James J. Chittick School (K-5), Mattapan, MA  
  2. John Winthrop School (K-5), Dorchester, MA
  3. Mary E. Curley School (K-8), Jamaica Plain, MA
  4. Maurice J. Tobin School (K-8), Roxbury, MA
  5. Up Academy Charter School (K-8), Dorchester, MA 


We would like to thank the Clough Foundation, Manton Foundation, and C.F. Adams Charitable Trust for making this project possible
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 September
An Overview Social Emotional Development:  What Can We Expect in the Classroom?
 October 2015
 Strategies for a Supporting Students in the Classroom
 December 2015
 What is Behavioral Health?  Symptoms and Systems
 January 2016
 Tips and Tools for Crisis Intervention & Management
 February 2016
 Stress Management & Self Care for the Educator
 March 2016
 Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning
 May 2016
 Developing Dissemination Strategies for Addressing Social Emotional Health for 2016-2017
 September
An Overview Social Emotional Development:  What Can We Expect in the Classroom?
 October 2015
 Strategies for a Supporting Students in the Classroom
 December 2015
 What is Behavioral Health?  Symptoms and Systems
 January 2016
 Tips and Tools for Crisis Intervention & Management
 February 2016
 Stress Management & Self Care for the Educator
 March 2016
 Understanding Trauma and the Impact on Learning
 May 2016
 Developing Dissemination Strategies for Addressing Social Emotional Health for 2016-2017