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MARSHFIELD – Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan have announced b.e.s.t. grant recipients for the 2021-22 school year.

b.e.s.t. ® (Behavioral Emotional Social Traits) is an online screening tool that helps educators build the emotional health of school children by identifying students who may need additional positive behavioral support. Developed by school psychologist Eric P. Hartwig, Ph.D., the tool provides educators with recommended actions to take based on their behaviors.

Schools are able to create a more comprehensive approach to behavioral health when using the b.e.s.t. Universal Screener. “b.e.s.t. helps teachers understand the multiple factors that influence a child’s behavior,” said Hartwig. “And teachers have reported that matching b.e.s.t. interventions to a student’s needs in real time has been invaluable in optimizing student success in the classroom.” The b.e.s.t. Universal Screener uses observed student behaviors to recommend interventions for all students who can benefit.

“We are very pleased to partner with these outstanding school districts,” said Allison Machtan, director of community health for Marshfield Clinic Health System. “It’s been a really tough year for schools and students and their commitment to using b.e.s.t. Universal Screening in their districts speaks to the high value they place on the well-being of our children.”

In the 2021-22 school year, 140 schools in 40 counties will benefit from the grant, which provides technical support, bi-annual screenings for students, training, consultation and support. Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan are supporting the implementation of b.e.s.t. during the 2021-2022 school year in the following districts:

  • Alma Area Schools
  • School District of Athens
  • Augusta Area School District
  • School District of Bayfield
  • Beaver Dam Unified School District
  • Berlin Area School District
  • Bruce School District
  • Chequamegon School District
  • Chilton Public Schools
  • Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District
  • Columbus Catholic Schools
  • Cumberland School District
  • DC Everest Area School District
  • Durand-Arkansaw School District
  • Edgar School District
  • Fall Creek School District
  • Frederic School District
  • Lac du Flambeau Public School
  • Lake Holcombe School District
  • Lakeland Union High School
  • Marathon County Child Development Agency Head Start
  • Marathon School District
  • Markesan District Schools
  • Mayville School District
  • School District of Mondovi
  • Minocqua J1 School District
  • Northland Pines School District
  • Osseo-Fairchild School District
  • Owen-Withee School District
  • Pepin Area Schools
  • Port Edwards School District
  • Randolph School District
  • Regis Catholic Schools
  • Rosholt School District
  • School District of Shell Lake
  • Spencer School District
  • Stanley-Boyd Area Schools
  • Stratford School District
  • Tomahawk School District
  • Tri-County Area School District
  • Turtle Lake School District
  • Unified School District of Antigo
  • School District of Waupaca
  • Waupun Area School District
  • Wausau School District (WSD)
  • Webster School District
  • School District of Wild Rose
  • Wisconsin Heights School District
  • Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools
  • Woodruff J1/Arbor Vitae-Woodruff School

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