The Whole Child Podcast Goes Live at ASCD's Annual Conference
The Whole Child Podcast was recorded live at ASCD's Annual Conference yesterday. Host Molly McCloskey tasked the two guests, Tim Waters, president and CEO of Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, and Joe DiMartino, founder and president of the Center for Secondary School Redesign, with providing advice on how to close the "believing, doing gap." In other words, how do we move from believing all children need to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged to actually making that happen?
Waters tackled Molly's challenge from an education leadership perspective, and DiMartino approached it from the angle of high school redesign. One powerful theme that emerged during the conversation was the fact that time should be a variable, while learning should be the constant.
Our live audience asked a number of great questions, including:
- How can the Whole Child Initiative redefine success from achievement on math and reading tests to ensuring all kids are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged?
- What do elementary schools need to change to better prepare their students for success in redesigned high schools?
- What is mastery and how can it be judged?
- How can we advance the conversation about the purpose of education to create active and engaged citizens?
Download the March Whole Child Podcast to hear how our guests addressed these and other questions.