School Board Safety & Wellness Academy

You can change and save lives but you need the knowledge and tools to get there.

Every day, school board members face the critical challenge of making decisions that impact the mental and emotional wellness of their students. Yet, navigating the complexities of mental health in education can feel overwhelming, leaving many wondering if they’re truly making a difference and if they have the knowledge to make effective decisions. This 8 month cohort will be the best and most important learning you will ever have as a board member. Do not miss out.


Transform the future of education in your district—because when you lead with compassion and insight, every student wins.

School Board Members Need a Comprehensive Roadmap & Support



20%+ of all children have a mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder impacting functioning, but only 1 in 5 who need support receive care from a mental health provider

11 years

Mental Health America indicates that the average delay between the onset of mental health symptoms and intervention is 11 years.


Suicide is the second leading cause of death for America’s youth.


Our educational system punishes, suspends and expels children with mental disorders at double or more the rate of their peers.


School board members are perceived to be the least knowledgeable about mental health (O’Malley, Wendt, & Pate, 2018) to inform decision-making.

You have the power to change lives and I'm going to show you how.

Can Your Relate?

Increasing levels of mental health needs in your district

Many initiatives but nothing seems to help

Staff morale decreases while turnover increases

Do you want to see your outcomes soar?


As a school board member, you are in a unique position to influence the direction and priorities of your district. Your decisions can spearhead the development of supportive, inclusive, and resilient educational environments. However, navigating the intricacies of mental and emotional wellness initiatives, while balancing academic priorities and budget constraints, presents a formidable challenge. Without the right knowledge, resources, and strategies, effecting meaningful change can seem like an uphill battle.

The Academy was created by a former school board member and comprehensive school social, emotional, and mental health expert to give you the insight, evidence-based strategies, and tools you need to help your district thrive.

How the Academy Makes a Difference

"Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."- Rita Mae Brown

Meet Jen

Over the last two decades, Jennifer Ulie, Ph.D., has become a trusted voice and award-winning expert on building sustainable personal and organizational systems of mental, social & emotional wellness. Having presented to tens of thousands of professionals, she is a highly sought-after thought leader & public speaker for her wit, knowledge, relatability, and engaging talks.

She has been a teacher, professor, nonprofit founder & Executive Director, legislative advocate, school board member, and legal expert witness. She has founded, launched, and led countless stakeholder groups, coalitions, conferences, programs, and online courses & certifications.

She sits on multiple regional and national professional organizations, advisory boards, and boards of directors. She has published peer-reviewed articles and is an academic journal peer reviewer. Dr. Ulie has been featured on multiple media outlets, including CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox, NPR, and PBS.

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What People Are Saying

Teachers continue to ask when will she be returning to teach us more about what we can do for our students. Jen is able to connect and motivate her audience to understand the importance of utilizing strategies that will benefit all in our school community. Teachers implemented her suggested strategies making a difference in the lives of our students and their families.
School Administrator
The balance of facts, real-life experiences, and tasteful humor keep audiences engaged from start to finish. Her no-nonsense approach takes the fear out of talking about topics so often considered taboo in our society. This is real and so very necessary to give both adults and kids a fighting chance in our world today.
This course was unbelievable! It was the most relevant professional development that I have ever taken part in. It came at a time that I desperately needed some additional strategies to implement into my life. I serve others daily.
Elementary Principal
I signed up for the program hoping I would get something out of it, but fearful that it might be a waste of my time. The course so incredibly surpassed even my highest expectations and I cannot thank you enough for the work you have done. So many times coursework is put together that feels like an afterthought, or something which a person threw together begrudgingly. You probably do not know how much I appreciate that you poured heart and soul into this course, made it useful, and meaningful.
Teacher Leader
She is an articulate voice in raising awareness around how organizational communities can support emotional and behavioral wellness. Jennifer is passionate about reducing stigma and improving wellness literacy and these are goals we can all support.
Mental Health Professional
I wish there were more classes like this. During the pandemic, wellness has definitely taken a turn for the worse. Work related stress is at an all time high and this class couldn't have presented itself at a more perfect moment. I am truly grateful for what I've learned. The resources and feedback were valuable. I'd love to take more classes from Jen.
Director of Curriculum
Mental Health 6

Movers and Shakers Only!

This opportunity is exclusively for school leaders who are deeply committed and passionate about enhancing outcomes for students, staff, and families within your school, district, or organization. This isn’t a superficial learning experience. It’s designed for those prepared to dive deep, challenge their own thinking patterns, and envision transformative change that will genuinely save and change lives.

Expect this learning journey to be invigorating yet challenging, to arouse excitement and empowerment, and to inspire you in ways seldom encountered before. It’s tailored for the true movers and shakers eager to elevate your school, district, or organization to unprecedented heights.

This is a distinctly action-oriented opportunity, aimed at guiding you on how to shift systems to work smarter, not harder. It’s crafted for those who are not just ready but eager to lead change, demonstrating how practical steps can lead to substantial, sustainable transformations within your educational environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Academy is designed for all educational leaders specifically targeting school board members.

It is expected that participants may have dates they are unable to attend. We record all sessions and post them in the academy LMS system.

As the core of the district, school board members make critical decisions that directly impact every aspect of the educational environment—from healthcare provisions for staff to discipline policies for students. These decisions have the power to change the trajectory of lives, shaping the future of our communities. It’s essential for school board members to be well-informed and equipped with the right tools and knowledge to not just perform their duties, but to excel in creating positive, lasting change.

We realize this is extremely important work so we work to make it affordable for organizations of all sizes. Contact us for pricing. 

We provide certificates of attendance for each session.

By attending, you can expect a range of transformative outcomes that will significantly enhance your effectiveness as a school board member in the realm of educational wellness. You will:

  1. Deepen your understanding of the crucial link between mental health and educational achievement, armed with cutting-edge research and best practices.
  2. Learn strategies to help build strong, sustainable systems at the governance level that enable students, staff, and families to thrive.
  3. Learn to leverage data-driven decision-making to assess needs, monitor progress, and magnify positive outcomes for student wellness and academic success.
  4. Develop and advocate for policies that foster more inclusive, supportive, and resilient school environments.
  5. Gain access to a comprehensive toolkit of resources and ongoing support from a community of peers and experts, ensuring the long-term viability of your wellness initiatives.
  6. Enhance your leadership skills, becoming more adept at steering your district toward a future where every student is empowered to succeed emotionally and academically.

Attending the academy equips you to lead with confidence and compassion, creating educational settings where mental and emotional health is foundational, resulting in higher student engagement, fewer disciplinary issues, and a more positive, productive learning atmosphere.

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