Monday on the Whole Child Virtual Conference
We invite you to participate in ASCD's third annual Whole Child Virtual Conference. Entitled "Moving from Implementation to Sustainability to Culture," sessions will offer educators around the globe leadership discussions and strategies to support their work to implement and sustain a whole child approach to education.
A Whole Child Approach: Each Individual and All Tenets
10:00–11:00 a.m. eastern time
Presenter: Sean Slade, director of Whole Child Programs, ASCD, Alexandria, VA
Sean Slade introduces the 2013 Whole Child Virtual Conference for North American participants and defines whole child education. The session will outline ASCD's Whole Child Initiative efforts to change the conversation about education and move from a vision for educating the whole child to action that results in successful, well-rounded young people, ensuring that each child, in each school, in each community—and in each country—is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Milwaukie High School, Oregon
Winner of the 2013 Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award
12:00–1:00 p.m. eastern time
Milwaukie High School was selected as the 2013 Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award recipient because the school has taken specific steps and produced exceptional results to ensure that high school students from all backgrounds are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Milwaukie's staff members work tirelessly to improve their students' academic, social, and emotional growth; expand their educational practices; and sharpen the administration's focus on staff professional development, all to meet the needs of the whole child.
Join Milwaukie High School principal, Mark Pinder, as he shares what makes his school healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The other session panel members include
- Dave Adams, language arts teacher, Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, OR
- Michael Ralls, assistant principal, Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, OR
- Donnie Siel, dean of students, Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, OR
- Tim Taylor, assistant principal, Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, OR
Whole Child Policy and Advocacy: What’s Happening Across the States
2:00–3:00 p.m. eastern time
Presenter: David Griffith, director of Public Policy, ASCD, Alexandria, VA
What have states been doing regarding a whole child approach to education, and what steps have they taken to implement this approach into policy? Hear from ASCD's director of Public Policy, David Griffith, as he walks the audience through legislation that has passed in Illinois and Arkansas and the steps currently underway in various states, including Rhode Island and Missouri.
Neurodiversity in the Classroom:
Strength-Based Strategies for Students with Special Needs
4:00–5:00 p.m. eastern time
Presenter: Thomas Armstrong, ASCD author and executive director, American Institute for Learning and Human Development, Dunellen, NJ
This session presents a revolutionary new way to support students with special needs so that they can succeed academically based on their diversity rather than their disability. Participants will learn how to construct positive niches for students with learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, intellectual disabilities, and emotional and behavioral disorders through a comprehensive model based on awareness of strengths, the universal design for learning, positive role models, learning strategies, human resources, and environmental modifications.