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The Whole Child Podcast: Changing the Conversation About Education seeks to inform and engage educators, parents, community members—and you—about what works in today’s schools. Guests include educational leaders, practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and students from around the globe who share their insights about sound education policies and practices that ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. View archived episodes.

Sean SladeHost Sean Slade is the director of outreach at ASCD, focusing on promoting and expanding ASCD's Whole Child approach across the United States and globally. During his more than two decades in education, Slade has written extensively on topics related to the whole child and health and well-being, and he has been at the forefront of promoting and using school climate, connectedness, resilience, and a youth development focus for school improvement. He has been a teacher, head of department, educational researcher, senior education officer, and director. He has taught, trained, and directed education initiatives in Australia, Italy, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Since joining ASCD, Slade has directed Whole Child and Healthy School Communities programs; led the development of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model; hosted the Whole Child Symposia; and been a regular columnist for The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and ASCD's Inservice blog. His latest work is an ASCD Arias publication titled School Climate Change: How do I build a positive environment for learning?, coauthored with Peter DeWitt.

Slade currently serves as vice president of advocacy for the International Union of Health Promotion and Education–North American Region and is on the steering committees for several alliances and organizations, including the UNESCO Focusing Resources on Effective School Health (FRESH) partnership, International School Health Network, National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety, National School Climate Council, and Coalition for Community Schools.


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