About the Podcast

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 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 the Healthy School Communities program; led the development of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model; hosted the Whole Child Symposium; and is 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.

He 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 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 Summits and the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention.


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