2020-2021 Project Progress:
Kent ISD has worked closely with partners SEE, Wedgwood, and PROTECT to plan for the implementation of human trafficking prevention in Kent County. Activities to date include: Hiring the Kent ISD Grant Coordinator; Kick-off meetings and engagement of stakeholders from pilot school districts; Planning and collaboration meetings with community partners; Training through OTIP and NHTTAC; and HTSSP planning and development.
The Kent ISD HTYPE team anticipates completing additional activities during the current budget year. These include: HTYPE partner SEE, in collaboration with other team partners, will complete the HTSSP and submit to OTIP for approval; SEE will facilitate development of training materials for the approved HTSSP; Pending approval of curriculum materials from OTIP and PROTECT, HTYPE team will begin training staff and educators during the summer of 2021 (date to be determined); Ongoing recruitment of additional school districts beyond the original pilot districts; Pending approval from budget amendment, training of TRAILS to Wellness program for school year 21-22 implementation of additional skills-based prevention.
2021-2022 Project Plans:
We look forward to full implementation of human trafficking prevention within our school districts. Kent ISD will continue partnership with local schools, the Kent County Human Trafficking Coalition, and partners SEE, Wedgwood, and PROTECT to implement all grant components.
Training of Trainers/Staff Professional Development:
Kent ISD will work with Wedgwood and PROTECT to host professional development beginning in late Summer/Fall 2021. Depending on the calendar of each district, we will begin in August 2021, but may extend into the first quarter of FY21. This training will equip district trainers to implement staff/educator professional development (Human Trafficking 101-103) along with prevention education curricula training for students. This will be completed through asynchronous modules or live instruction, based on participating district needs. Kent ISD will offer additional training for NEW districts during the 2nd quarter (Jan./Feb. 2022) and 4th quarter (June/Aug. 2022). Ongoing training will allow for the onboarding and engagement of new districts throughout Year 2 of the project. At minimum, 3 new districts will be added during Year 2.
Prevention Education for Students:
Upon completion of the Journey to PROTECT modules (including HTSSP training), pilot districts will complete implementation of the prevention education by December 2021. Lead trainer Wedgwood, with curriculum support from PROTECT, will provide coaching and model implementation of the material. Prevention education for new districts will begin following appropriate professional development.
Human Trafficking School Safety Protocol:
Using the OTIP approved HTSSP template and training, SEE and Kent ISD will work with HTYPE partners to help pilot districts and new districts create a protocol that meets the needs and policies of their school community. This includes ongoing support of implementation and adaptation to adjust to community referrals and changing landscape of human trafficking in our region.
Kent ISD will host a Human Trafficking Prevention Professional Learning Community, representative of each participating school district. These monthly meetings will provide updates on grant evaluation/reporting, along with community resources and education from representatives within the Kent County Human Trafficking Coalition. This learning community will assist in helping school districts maintain integrity to grant objectives, while connecting them to the broader community strategy around preventing human trafficking.