OEA Choice Trust aims to support districts, ESDs and community college by sharing resources for developing a strong School Employee Wellness (SEW) program. All the resources below can help with writing a strong School Employee Wellness Grant application or growing a SEW program.

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Blueprint for School Employee Wellness

The Blueprint for School Employee Wellness is a guide to making employee wellness programs work for school districts, ESDs and community colleges. Use the Blueprint as a guide to begin your organization’s path to employee wellness or to strengthen the steps you’ve already taken.

Framework of Proven Strategies and Best Practices

The Fostering School Employee Health, Well-being and Resilience: A Framework of Proven Strategies and Best Practices resource (the Framework) was created to complement the Blueprint for School Employee Wellness.

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Healthy School, Healthy Staff, Healthy Students: A Guide to Improving School Employee Wellness

This guide, created by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, includes strategies for building support for a School Employee Wellness program, assembling your wellness team, gathering information from staff,  planning for success, maximizing your impact, demonstrating results and maintaining momentum.

Employee Health, Well-being and Resilience Model

The School Employee Health and Well-being Model reflects the Trust’s holistic approach to well-being and resilience.

The Model includes multiple elements of personal well-being as well as cultural and environmental elements. Acknowledging all of these elements can make your employee well-being initiative stronger.

Creating a workplace culture and environment that values and prioritizes employee health, well-being and resilience is essential to the overall success of school employee wellness initaitves.


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Staff Wellness Surveys

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Staff Wellness Needs and Interests Survey

Before starting a program, it is important to determine the needs and interests of staff. Use or customize OEA Choice Trust’s survey to gather valuable data that can inform your planning and increase employee engagement in your program.

Staff Wellness Needs and Interests Survey (PDF)

Staff Wellness Needs and Interests Survey (Word)  

Annual SEW Program Survey

An Annual SEW Program Survey plays an important role in understanding employee participation and engagement in your SEW program, their satisfaction with your program, how they benefited from the program, and how to improve your SEW program.

This information can then be used to modify and strengthen your program to increase participation, address workplace environment and culture barriers to health and well-being and improve positive results to benefit all employees.

Annual SEW Program Survey (Word)

Annual SEW Program Survey (PDF)

Annual Survey Guidance

SMART Objective Tips

SMART Objectives are an important part of your Action Plan and can help you outline how to reach your goals.

Use the tips on the handout below to write strong SMART Objectives that are Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Relevant and have a Timeline.

How to Develop SMART Objectives

Advice from OEA Choice Trust Grantees

Michael Carter, former Superintendent of Rainier School District, speaks about administrative buy in and the importance of leadership support for SEW programs. Rainier School District currently has a School Employee Wellness Grant.

Whitney Ellersick is the Nutrition Services Senior Director at PPS. She discusses how to make SEW programs work for hard to reach employees that may have different needs and work schedules.

Joanne Maki is a PE teacher and former Wellness Coordinator for David Douglas School District. She helped initiate the district’s school employee wellness program and continues to serve as a co-Coordinator. Joanne shares her experience with developing and growing her district’s SEW program.

Gigi Sims is the grant coordinator and district Wellness Coordinator for Corvallis School District. Her district successfully completed the OEA Choice Trust SEW grant in 2015-2016 and was awarded a Mini Grant from the Trust in 2018. Gigi discusses how to sustain programs and build off a successful foundation.