Explore the dimensions and benefits of the program
Throughout my 20+ years working in the field of education, I have learned that the well-being of each child and adult is paramount to the well-being of the whole school and of the whole community. Yet I wondered... How does well-being happen? Where does it start? And how can I help to bring it to all schools?
Answering those questions took several years of research and resulted in the development of the Moore Well-Being Program. Based on 7 dimensions of well-being — presented as The Moore Well-Being Wheel — this program affects change beyond the superficial or even the behavioral level. It encourages and inspires change within the individual, as well as the whole organization. When we all (students, adults and organizations alike) commit to well-being, that is when real change happens.
Throughout these pages you will find a general introduction to the Moore Well-Being Wheel, the step-by-step process, examples of how the program can be used, as well as a sampling of the research and resources that went into the creation of the program.
feel overwhelmed, sad or depressed, tired or fatigued and say their stress level during the school year is 5.8 out of 10APA 2014 REPORT
report feeling under stress almost every day or several days a week.METLIFE 2012 SURVEY
and are at risk for poor outcomes in school and in lifeCHILD MIND INST. REPORT
The Well-Being Wheel operates on two planes — the individual level and the organizational level. Ideally, both planes are supported by the school community. The reason for applying the construct of well-being to both children and adults is for the sake of consistency. A newsletter from the National Institutes of Health explains how if adults as well as children in a school community develop healthy habits, youth have a greater chance of learning these healthy habits from models. The Moore Well-Being Wheel is designed to do just that — help both adults and children learn how to be well.
Individual Level: Students and adults are challenged with new ideas, concepts and processes that will help transform the school community; continuing education classes are provided for adults; students and adults are encouraged and supported in pursuing their interests.
Organizational Level: Structures are in place to support innovation and intellectually demanding work — teacher exchanges, regular professional development time, staff led professional development (pd), offsite pd, ongoing graduate coursework, etc.
Individual Level: Students and adults are able to build healthy, trusting relationships that form the foundation of their work together.
Organizational Level: There are healthy social relationships throughout the school community, as evidenced by talking circles for effective mediation.
Individual Level: Students and adults practice responsible behaviors such as picking up trash, turning out lights, recycling, composting, taking public transportation, reducing consumption, planting trees, growing food.
Organizational Level: Adults and children are mindful of the resources that are consumed by the organization; actions that leave a minimal carbon footprint; structures to ensure responsible, fair trade, green procurement.
Individual Level: Students and adults are supported in developing their emotional health through identification of emotions, managing emotions and developing a strong sense of agency.
Organizational Level: The school supports the healthy expression of emotions; there are structures in place to provide counseling (individual and group) onsite to help both children and adults manage the issues/challenges they face, as well as curricular resources.
Individual Level: Students and adults engage in significant amounts of daily physical activity, including stretching, walking, running, and deep breathing.
Organizational Level: There are programs in place to support regular physical activity and the nutrition of the students and adults in the organization.
Individual Level: Students and adults learn executive functioning skills and strategies and practice them regularly. They feel responsible for their own spiritual development and aware of the ethics of their decisions as well as the consequences of their actions.
Organizational Level: Mindfulness, yoga and meditation are incorporated into work with children (in class) and adults (pd workshops); there are structures and programs to support spiritual development (i.e. meditation room, religious education, etc.).
Individual Level: Students’ families have access to information and programs to ensure financial security, such as governmental aid, language classes, educational opportunities, job training, and financial guidance and advising.
Organizational Level: The school is fiscally strong for the long and short term and provides living wages for all its staff members; structures are in place for the community to understand the financial health of the school.
I consider Jenn Moore my professional mentor. Working with Jenn is inspiring because she feeds my thinking and helps me consider all that is possible in any given situation. And she makes incredible things happen, too! From supporting school leaders to coaching teachers... and beyond. Her approach is refreshing, informative, collaborative and inspiring.
Dr. Moore was a great resource and support at my son's school by being a big proponent of educating the whole child. She had dialogues with kids about wellness and conveyed the importance of sleep, rest and a healthy diet to families. She was a role model for democracy, fairness and inclusion as she worked to make all families feel heard and respected.
Ms. Moore was my principal at AGC for a few years and she was awesome at it! She was very nice and she would always smell good like cupcakes. When our class was having trouble, Ms. Moore would come and talk to us about how we can fix the problem and our actions. When we were done talking, the problem would be fixed all because of her.
How does the program work? What steps are involved? Where do you begin?FIND OUT HERE
Explore examples of how the Well-Being Program has been approached and implemented in the various wheel dimensions.SHOW PATHWAYS
This link will take the visitor to the resources page where they can take a peek and request the various resource guides.JUMP TO RESOURCES