Podcast Whole Child Podcast

Closing the Believing, Doing Gap

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This episode of the Whole Child Podcast was recorded live at ASCD's Annual Conference on March 14, 2009. Host Molly McCloskey tasked the two guests, Tim Waters, president and CEO of Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning, and Joe DiMartino, founder and president of the Center for Secondary School Redesign, with providing advice on how to close the "believing, doing gap." In other words, how do we move from believing all children need to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, to actually making that happen?

Tim Waters tackled Molly's challenge from an education leadership perspective, and Joe DiMartino approached it from a high school redesign angle. One powerful theme that emerged during the conversation was the fact that "time" should be a variable, while "learning" should be the constant.

Our live audience asked a number of great questions, including:

  • How can the Whole Child Initiative redefine success from achievement on math and reading tests to ensuring all kids are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged?
  • What do elementary schools need to change in order to better prepare their students for success in redesigned high schools?
  • What is mastery and how can it be judged?
  • How can we advance the conversation about the purpose of education to create active and engaged citizens?

What are your action steps for closing the believing, doing gap in your school and community? After listening to the podcast, tell us your thoughts on the Whole Child Blog.


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