Wediko NY partners with schools to provide clinical and program consultation, co-creating pioneering solutions and best practice approaches for effectively meeting the needs of the whole child. Through this partnership, schools build sustainable systems to support academic achievement and student success.
Community Schools Model
Wediko helps schools become more than the sum of their individual parts; with integrated academic, social-emotional, and health services, kids get what they need to be successful.
Wediko works with school leadership and community partners to establish goals, identify and measure outcomes, and develop strategies and processes to maximize program effectiveness. Wediko values data-based decision making to effectively problem-solve and guide program design.
Wediko’s approach to assessments, interventions, professional development, and technical assistance draw on:
- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS): When schools establish a strong foundation of behavioral support, positive outcomes such as student achievement are more likely and common school problems like absenteeism, bullying and disruption are more easily and effectively addressed. School-Wide PBIS is a proactive, data-driven systemic approach to behavioral prevention and intervention.
- Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS): All parties have a voice in defining the problem, articulating their concerns, and coming up with possible solutions together. Participants develop communication and problem-solving skills while experiencing increasingly positive outcomes.
- Strengths-Based: The fields of mental health, social services, and education have a history of focusing on deficits, problem behaviors, and pathologies. At Wediko, rather than focusing on weaknesses or deficits, we collaborate with schools, community-based organizations, and families to discover and build upon the strengths, skills, and talents of our students.
- Restorative Justice Circles: Restorative practices are a framework for building community and responding to challenging behavior. Authentic dialogue, coming to understanding, and making things right builds community engagement and supports all members in being seen, heard, and respected.
Close collaboration with school staff, families, and other service providers helps to support positive environments.