Whole Child Symposium

@Every Learner: Someday Is Now

2014 ASCD Annual ConferenceNow is the time to make a difference in the lives of our learners, to propel them into the world as beacons of success and hope. ASCD's 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show is two weeks away—it's not too late to participate!

The conference will be held in Los Angeles, California, March 15–17, 2014, and will showcase ideas and best-practice strategies that are driving student achievement and unlock ways to boost teacher and leadership effectiveness. Attendees will choose from more than 350 sessions that will enable them to prepare our world's learners to be creative, critically minded, and compassionate citizens. The conference's general session speakers include education luminaries such as Sir Ken Robinson, Daniel Pink, and Russell Quaglia. The conference is generously supported by sponsors including Microsoft, Adobe, and VINCI.

As you plan your conference experience, consider attending a whole child or policy session:

Saturday, March 15

  • A Whole Child Approach to School Improvement: The Opportunity to Make Change Happen
    At the ASCD Whole Child Theater, learn about school improvement, policy changes that are critical to school success, and a framework for intentional and targeted teaching.
  • Federal Education Policy and You
    Decisions made by policymakers in Washington, D.C., can influence educators' daily lives, from how teachers are evaluated to what student test scores are used for and the resources available to districts or schools. Learn about ASCD's positions and resources and how ASCD is actively advocating on your behalf.
  • Recognizing Whole Child School and Community Successes
    Many states celebrate schools that improve student test scores, but Arkansas has gone one step further by establishing a whole child–whole community recognition program acknowledging educators, parents, community members, and policymakers who support the whole child. Learn about the state commission that recommends processes and criteria for recognizing exemplary whole child successes and how to encourage similar efforts in your state.

Sunday, March 16

  • Building Public Support for Your School
    Educators can’t do it all, and they can’t do it alone. But collaboration between a school and community is often easier said than done. This session will share strategies and resources for telling your school’s story, building relationships, encouraging deeper levels of engagement, leveraging community assets to address school needs, and celebrating shared success.
  • The Whole Child Symposium: Town Hall Discussion
    This event launches the inaugural ASCD Whole Child Symposium and explores how decisions today will affect what our children, societies, and economies will be able to do and become tomorrow. Join host Sean Slade and a panel of education experts for a robust, entertaining discussion.
  • Whole Child Network of Schools: Implementing the Whole Child Approach
    In May 2012, ASCD selected a small group of schools to become part of its Whole Child Network of Schools for a three-year cycle of implementation. Now, at the end of the second year, interact with the school teams and be part of the conversation as they share their stories and experiences.
  • Whole Child Policy Across the States
    Educators have long recognized that it takes more than high standards and effective instruction to prepare students for a successful future. Now states are catching up. Learn how states are establishing policies to assist educators with their ongoing work to ensure students are healthy and safe, engaged in learning, supported by caring adults, and intellectually stimulated.

Monday, March 17

  • A New Framework for Health and Education
    Join us for the launch the new Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model. Developed by ASCD and the U.S. Centers for Disease in conjunction Control, the model combines and builds on elements of the traditional coordinated school health approach and the whole child framework. It responds to the call for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
  • Policy Matters: Changes Critical to School Success
    At the ASCD Whole Child Theater, learn about school improvement, policy changes that are critical to school success, and a framework for intentional and targeted teaching.
  • School Improvement: Implementing ASCD's Whole Child Approach
    Learn how to strategically support the implementation of the whole child approach in your classroom and school. Unpack the whole child tenets, indicators, and components and talk about sustainability.
  • Whole Child Podcast
    Participate in the live recording of the Whole Child Podcast, featuring the winning school of Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award. Join hosts Klea Scharberg and Sean Slade of ASCD’s Whole Child Programs team and their guests in a discussion about what works in today’s schools and how to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

For all three days of the conference, the ASCD Center will be open in the exhibit hall. At the ASCD Center, educators can engage with ASCD authors, take advantage of membership services, and participate in workshops and demonstrations. This will also be home to the ASCD Bookstore, with an available selection of more than 200 books and DVDs from the leading minds in education.

Follow ASCD on social media to receive updates and behind-the-scenes looks at Annual Conference. On Twitter, follow @ASCD and use hashtag #ASCD14 to participate in the back-channel conversation throughout conference. On Instagram, attendees may follow @OfficialASCD and use hashtag #ASCD14. In addition, all educators are encouraged to use #ASCD14InstaWalk to take a virtual tour of the conference through the lens of attendees. If you can't make it to Los Angeles, register for the live-stream-only option at a reduced price. The live-stream event offers 24/7 access to selected sessions.

For too long, we've only envisioned what could be. The time for action is overdue. Someday is now.

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