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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.

Sean SladeYour host, Sean Slade, is director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD. The Whole Child Initiative is part of a broad, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from an academic focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes, enhancing learning by addressing each student's social, emotional, physical, and academic needs through the shared contributions of schools, families, communities, and policymakers.

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 has been at the forefront of promoting and using school climate, connectedness, resilience, and youth development data for school improvement. He has been a teacher, head of department, educational researcher, senior education officer, project manager, 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 led the Healthy School Communities program; coauthored The Healthy School Communities Model: Aligning Health and Education in the School Setting (PDF); and is a regular columnist for The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and the Whole Child Blog. He currently serves on the steering committees for the International Alliance for Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Schools, International School Health Network, National Coordinating Committee on School Health and Safety, National School Climate Council, Coalition for Community Schools, Human Rights Campaign's Welcoming Schools Program, Let's Move in School, and has participated in both the U.S. Department of Education's Bullying Summit and the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.

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