Staff Wellbeing Grant Opportunity

Jill Patnode, Senior Community Health Manager, Kaiser Permanente of Washington
May 22, 2023


one lightbulb on and four dimmed and the words wellbeing at work

Kaiser Permanente, Healthier Generation, and OSPI are excited to offer an opportunity for districts to apply the Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS) framework to staff wellbeing. Using a learning cohort model, we are inviting up to eight (8) district teams to join us in the 2023-24 school year. Experts in MTSS and staff well-being will guide teams through a series of learning and activities that will prepare them to implement key elements of workplace well-being within the context of MTSS. This process will assure compliance with SHB 1363: Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress in the K-12 Workforce (WSSDA Model Policy 5515).  

District teams that participate will:

  1. Understand evidence-based components necessary to develop positive workplace well-being within the context of MTSS

  2. Develop an action plan to improve staff well-being in their district through the implementation of a multi-tiered system of supports framework 

  3. Improve district-level compliance with SHB 1363: Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress in the K-12 Workforce

  4. Develop a peer network of district workforce well-being teams

  5. Increased team capacity to implement staff well-being best and evidence-based practices 

Expectations of Innovation Cohort members:

  • Have an established district-level workforce wellness team inclusive of staff from a variety of roles that include, at a minimum Human Resources, District Administration, classified, and certificated staff, in place by September 30, 2023.

  • Have at least one representative and preferably a majority of team members attend each session.

  • Complete activities as a Workforce Wellness Team in between sessions (approx 1-3 hours).

  • Complete either the WA Workforce Secondary Traumatic Stress Assessment or the Cultivating Staff Wellbeing Assessment topic of the Thriving Schools Integrated Assessment by November to use as a guide for creating a tiered positive work culture action plan. (Assessment is free and login is required).

  • Contribute to the refinement and application of the MTSS framework for staff wellbeing.

Informational Webinar (Teams):  Register Here

June 1, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am PST

Applications due (approx. 20 minutes to complete)

June 30, 2023

Announcement of cohort

Week of July 17, 2023

Sessions (90 minutes, virtual)

Session 1: Kick-off, overview, and shared understanding​

Session 2: ​Integrating data into planning

Session 3: Resource mapping and sharing of resources

Session 4: Turning ideas into actions & discussion of barriers

Session 5: Implementation and peer problem solving​

Session 6: Planning and sustainability for 2024-25

Session 7: Evaluation and Celebration

Exact dates TBD by cohorts: 

August 2023

October 2023

November 2023

January 2024

March 2024

May/June 2024

May/June 2024


Questions?  Contact Jill Patnode ( or 206-819-1758

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