The best way to help students is to be available for them. Whether that availability is in the form of a counselor having time to listen to students' dreams and plan future goals, or if it's a psychologist helping students through a rough patch with friends, availability is the key. Educators function and feel their best when they can make a difference for students. Having the ability to give quality time to a student matters.
How well do elementary students learn in a class of 30? There is not a single piece of data that shows crowded classrooms make better learning conditions. Does it take a scientist to determine if there are more behavior issues in a Kindergarten class of 27 or a class of 22? Would a teenager have more chance for participation in a class of 30 or 40?
Miriam-Webster online states that "wellness is the state of being in good health especially as an actively pursued goal." Most districts in Santa Clara model this by establishing caseload caps for nurses, psychologists, counselors, and academic coordinators, along with lower class sizes. GTA believes that student and educator wellness matter and should no longer be LCAP chatter, but an actively pursued goal.