Whole Child Network Schools Embark on a New Adventure
The 10 schools from across the continental United States and Guam chosen to participate in ASCD's Whole Child Network kicked off their efforts last week with ASCD in Alexandria, Va. Teams of administrators and teachers from the participating schools gathered to formulate strategies and learn tactics for implementing a whole child approach to education in their schools.
The schools chosen to participate in the Whole Child Network have committed to a comprehensive school improvement process using the tenets of the Whole Child Initiative—healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged—and their indicators (PDF) as a sustainable whole child approach to educating participating schools' students.
The 2012 Whole Child Network Schools are
- Albert Harris Elementary School of the Martinsville City Public Schools in Martinsville, Va., which serves grade levels K–5.
- Drew-Freeman Middle School of the Prince George's County Public Schools in Suitland, Md., which serves grade levels 7 and 8.
- Finegayan Elementary School in Dededo, Guam, of the Guam Department of Education, which provides Head Start and serves grade levels K–5.
- Fredstrom Elementary School of the Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Neb., which serves grade levels K–5.
- Holly Glen Elementary School of the Monroe Township School District in Williamstown, N.J., which serves grade levels preK–4.
- Le Sueur-Henderson High School of the Le Sueur-Henderson Independent School District in Le Sueur, Minn., which serves grade levels 6–12.
- Martinsville High School of the Martinsville City Public Schools in Martinsville, Va., which serves grade levels 9–12.
- Odyssey Community School of the Santa Clara County School District in San Martin, Calif., which serves grade levels 9–12.
- P.S. 9, the Teunis G. Bergen Elementary School of the NYC Department of Education in Brooklyn, N.Y., which serves grade levels preK–5.
- Urban Community School in Cleveland, Ohio, which serves grade levels preK–8.
Participating schools will receive customized support in implementing a whole child approach to education, including a one-day, on-site professional development event at each school to introduce the approach within each participating school's community. ASCD will work in close consultation with school officials throughout their participation to support the implementation of their school improvement plans based on the whole child tenets. Each network school receives an ASCD Institutional membership; a trip for up to five team members from each site to ASCD's 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Chicago, Ill.; and a $10,000 grant for the 2012–13 school year.
"We know that it takes collaboration, coordination, and integration to implement a whole child approach to education in a school," said Molly McCloskey, managing director of the Whole Child Initiative at ASCD. "Our work with each of these 10 schools supports key leaders and team members as they create and implement long-range plans that ensure each child in each classroom at their school is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged."