Healthy School Communities

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Giving Thanks for Teachers Who Help Hungry Students: Educator Susan Graham describes a lesson in which students share Thanksgiving meal traditions, from turkey and mashed potatoes to pumpkin pie and even pizza. But recent data show that close to a quarter of U.S. schoolchildren regularly struggle with hunger, and Graham gives thanks to teachers who often use their own money to help them get through the school day. Read more.

Minnesota School Leaders Seek Expanded Campaign Against Bullying: The Minnesota School Board Association wants schools to expand the groups of students protected under antibullying rules to include protections against harassment based on "race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, familial status, and status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation or disability." The group is also asking districts to use "disciplinary action" against school staffers who do not intervene in and report bullying incidents. Read more.

Study: School Meal Programs Help Hungry Children Academically: A recent study found that children with food insecurity at home did better academically if their schools offered meal-assistance programs. They were less likely to be held back or score poorly in language testing, researchers found.


PBS "In the Mix" Program Highlights for December 2010: In December, PBS will highlight issues around teen drug and alcohol abuse, building self-esteem, and arts education. The "In the Mix" website has many—and sometimes, free—resources for educators who work with teens, such as lesson plans, discussion guides, transcripts, video clips, and links to youth-serving organizations.

Take Action

Healthy People 2020 Launch: On December 2, 2010, from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as it unveils its health promotion and disease prevention objectives for the coming decade. Register for free live web streaming of this event. Registration must be made in advance.

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.

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