Helping Teachers Help Kids

The Masonic Model Student Assistance Program (MMSAP) enables core teams of faculty and staff to effectively identify and refer at-risk youth. This three-day intensive training seminar is provided to local schools by the Freemasons of Ohio.

MMSAP teaches each core team how to work with other personnel at their school to identify youth at risk, gather the necessary information about the child, and develop a school-based action plan. Each plan is tailored to the specific needs of the individual. MMSAP provides specific strategies for identification and intervention in the areas of academics, health, behavior and attendance.

The Masonic Model Workshops are taught by staff from the National Masonic Foundation for Children.

Schedule of Training

The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio offers an average of three training sessions per school year at no cost to the participants. To register for an announced session, complete the MMSAP Registration Form. Fax the form to the Grand Lodge: (614) 885-5319.

If a school is interested in hosting an MMSAP workshop, it should contact the Grand Lodge regarding topic and scheduling. Office staff will put the school in touch with the state MMSAP Coordinator.

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History of MMSAP

The MMSAP seminar was developed in 1984 by Larry Newman and Thom Stecher. Together, they have over 40 years of teaching, program administration and therapeutic experience, and they consult regularly for school districts and Education, Health and Welfare departments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should participate in Masonic Model?
A core team from each participating school, often consisting of a regular or special education teacher, an administrator, the school nurse and other staff members, attend the seminar. Expenses for the seminar, including all materials, food and lodging are provided free of charge by the Ohio Masons. There is no cost to participating schools, except to provide substitute coverage where necessary.

What is taught in the seminar?
The seminar emphasizes experiential training — hands-on solutions that can be used every day in the classroom. After each concept is presented, participants role play, take part in activities and work together to create a deeper understanding. At the end of the course, each core team uses the MMSAP process to help a troubled child at their school who is known to the team. They gather the data, do the necessary paperwork and develop a school-based action plan for that child. MMSAP participants also learn about teamwork, what their individual strengths are and effective ways to help kids grow.

Very often educators already know how to identify children in pain, but they are not sure where to start or what to do about it. The MMSAP training emphasizes that intervention is an ongoing process, not a one-time event. It may take a few years before a sense of success in some area of school life can be achieved.

Topics covered in the workshop include:

  • Family dynamics
  • Life skills for K-12
  • Enabling and codependency
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Depression
  • Suicide
  • Teamwork
  • Group dynamics

Teams also learn about locally available assistance for children who need help outside of school.

What happens after the seminar?
After completing the seminar, the core team members teach their fellow teachers and staff how to identify kids in pain and describe as specifically as possible what the behaviors and issues are. The team then gathers information from other school personnel, parents and the child before preparing a plan that will help the child find a road to success. The plan might include assigning a mentor or tutor, weekly visits to the school nurse/counselor, or other strategies specific to each child’s needs. The core team continues to meet on a regular basis.

How do I sign up?
To register for a session, complete the MMSAP Registration Form and fax it to the Grand Lodge: (614) 885-5319. For info or an enrollment pack, call (800) 292-6092 or write to:

The Grand Lodge of Ohio
Attn: Masonic Model
One Masonic Drive
Springfield, OH 45504

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