Klea Scharberg

Throughout April: Supportive Education Communities

Preparing our students for their future college, career, and citizenship success is our common purpose and responsibility. Essential to student success is access to personalized learning and support from qualified, caring adults. Students as learners are also students as people with social-emotional, physical, and mental health needs.

Supportive education communities are places where school staff, community-based service providers, families, and other adult stakeholders work together to identify and address students' needs and provide a coordinated, whole child approach to their education. Join us throughout April as we examine building and sustaining communities in which each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

The Whole Child Podcast

Download the Whole Child Podcast next week to hear about the wide range of programs designed to meet the needs of all learners at Byrne Creek Secondary School, winner of the 2012 Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award. You'll hear from

  • Dave Rawnsley, principal
  • Lynn Archer, director of instruction
  • Iha Farquhar, community school coordinator
  • Lorraine Hodgson, counselor and department head of student services
  • Mirella Gargiulo, English as a second language (ESL) teacher

The Whole Child Blog

Check out the Whole Child Blog throughout April for contributions from experts and practitioners in the field, whole child partners, and ASCD staff who will share free resources, provide examples of supportive education communities, and answer your questions. Be sure to leave your questions, ideas, and stories in the comments.

What Works in Supportive Education Communities

Visit the What Works section for a one-stop (free!) shop to explore issues that must be transformed for us to successfully educate the whole child. Our topic pages are a collection of resources on the topics we address each month. In April we'll add resources to the supportive education communities topic page. Tell us what has worked in your school and with your students. E-mail us and share resources, research, and examples.

Social Networking

Connect (if you haven't already) with the Whole Child Initiative on Facebook and Twitter to be part of changing the conversation around engaging students in their learning with more than 11,000 people from around the globe.

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