Sean Slade

Will You Be the Next to Change?

This month ASCD relaunched the Whole Child Approach Examples Map. This map, originally launched in August, aims to showcase great schools putting a whole child approach into action. The examples come from not only ASCD—in the Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award winners and Healthy School Communities mentor sites—but also award-winning schools and communities from many of our whole child partner organizations, including four new worldwide partners.

So, what's different? Why the upgrade? The most obvious change is that the map is now truly worldwide. We have examples from Australia and Asia as well as from throughout North America. These examples include schools recognized by our new whole child partner Principals Australia Institute for outstanding work in developing a whole-school approach to mental health prevention, positive school climate, and youth empowerment. It also includes the Elham project and its school and community sites from across the Palestinian Territories. These sites are recognized by the European-based whole child partner Learning for Well-Being.

We have expanded the schools and communities listed from 74 sites to more than 100. We have a searchable range of 47 topics and themes, including college, career, and citizenship readiness; community-based projects; parent and family engagement; problem solving; school climate; and service learning. Schools can be searched by topic and sorted by type, such as community, district, or school level.

This is a work in progress. We continually add more sites to our map and making connections with additional worldwide partner organizations. Check back next month, next week, or even tomorrow, and it likely will have changed.

Why have we done this?

We are changing the public debate about what constitutes a good school. We are changing the public perception that good schools don't exist—they exist in your own backyard! We are showing that a good school is a good school, no matter where it is in the world. In short, we are changing the conversation about education.

Take a look, share the link, and talk about the schools and communities. Keep coming back as we change the perception of what a good school is, one school, one district, one state, and one country at a time.

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