Health and Learning News and Updates
ADHD, Bullying, and the Destruction of Childhood: Last month, the Whole Child Podcast and blog focused on child development. In this video interview, Canadian physician Gabor Maté provides interesting points of discussion on the issues of childhood behavioral disorders resulting from a social problem and not just a physiological one, contrary to traditional assumptions. Read the video transcript.
Is the increase of ADHD, bullying, and oppositional behavior the result of "the destruction of childhood" and a decline in nurturing conditions for successful child development? Share and discuss your opinions on ASCD EDge.
Schools Deal With More Children Who Have Food Allergies: The number of children with food allergies is rising, forcing schools to adapt their meals and prepare for food-related allergy emergencies. Food allergies in kids rose 18 percent between 1997 and 2007, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For food managers, such as Patricia Carrasco at Grant Elementary in Redding, Calif., that means learning how to use an epinephrine auto-injector for allergies and having access to every student's allergy situation. Read more.
Child Nutrition Bill Passes in the House: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a sweeping child nutrition bill last week, which expands school meal programs and sets nutrition standards for food served in schools. The legislation enables the school meals program, which serves more than 30 million students, to expand its reach to approximately 115,000 additional students by using Medicaid data to directly certify eligible children. In addition, the bill improves the nutritional quality of school lunches by providing an extra 6 cents per meal, currently funded at $2.72, for districts that comply with federal nutrition standards. This raises the federal reimbursement rate for school lunches more than the inflation rate for the first time since 1973. The Senate already passed the bill, which means the legislation will now move to President Obama to be signed into law. Read more.
Using Restorative Practice to Generate Safer, Saner Schools: SaferSanerSchools is a program from the International Institute of Restorative Practices that provides training to teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators for building a nurturing and positive school community environment. Visit the website to learn about schools that successfully use the program.
Register for LILA Before It's Too Late: ASCD's Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA) takes place January 23–25, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Register before it's too late! Join other educators to learn about ASCD’s 2011 Legislative Agenda and how you can use your experiences and influence to advocate for federal education policies on Capitol Hill.
Health and Education Policy: Improving Student Outcomes: Whole Child partner Coalition for Community Schools will be hosting a free webinar on Thursday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m. ET, that will illustrate how community schools and school-based health centers are joining forces to improve outcomes for youth in many places across the United States. Current policies supporting this work and how these policies can be improved to provide sustained support will also be discussed. Space is limited—reserve your spot and register no later than Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. ET.
SPARK and Healthy Vending to Provide Nutrition and Quality Physical Education Together: Take advantage of the SPARK PE program at no cost. SPARK, also a Whole Child partner, has partnered with HUMAN Healthy Vending, a philanthropic and healthy food vending machine company. HUMAN Healthy Vending and SPARK want to help schools create healthier environments for students by offering up to $10,000 in SPARK money vouchers to be used for curriculum, training, and equipment. Find out how your school can get free SPARK money vouchers.
Healthy School Communities is a worldwide ASCD effort to promote the integration of health and learning and the benefits of school-community collaboration. It is part of a large, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from a narrow, curriculum-centric and accountability system focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes. Visit the Healthy School Communities group on ASCD EDge and share everything from ideas and solutions to common concerns.