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The Whole Child Needs a Whole Teacher

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With August just around the corner, educators, students, and parents are all beginning to gear up for the year ahead. Just as students return to school with a range of emotions, so too do educators. Some may be looking forward to returning to school; others may be a little bit apprehensive about how they'll meet so many challenges throughout the year.

Educators who start off the year with energy and enthusiasm often find that it fades gradually or dramatically. Teaching is one of the more stressful professions, and it can be one of the most rewarding when educators are able to strike a balance and schools create the conditions that allow them to thrive.

In this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, learn how educators and schools can work to create the conditions that allow teachers, and subsequently students, to thrive. You'll hear from

Educators, are you struggling to manage stress, meet your basic needs, and find time for your own learning and development? What strategies have helped you to maintain your enthusiasm and balance between work and life?

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Summer Learning and Development

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Download the Summer 2010 Whole Child Podcast to learn how schools and communities are working to ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged throughout the summer and why it's so critical. Our guests discuss summer learning research, policies, and practices that expand the traditional conversation about "summer school" to encompass the kind of summer activities and programs that ignite a passion for learning and prevent learning loss. You'll hear from

How are tight budgets affecting summer programs in your community? Are your school and community partnering to provide summer learning opportunities?

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Developing Principals to Lead a Whole Child School

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Download the May Whole Child Podcast to learn more about building the capacity of principals to lead effective and systemic school reform. Our guests discuss what kind of principal development leads to results for students, the current landscape of principal leadership, and future directions of leadership development. You'll hear from

What skills and abilities are critical to effective principal leadership? What are the most effective strategies for developing and supporting successful principals? Share your thoughts, ideas, and questions in the comments.

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Future Directions: Examining the Blueprint for Reauthorizing ESEA

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The federal government recently released the blueprint for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This document broadly outlines the Obama administration's vision for changes to the legislation and the federal government's role in education. Decisions about the reauthorization of ESEA will have serious implications for educational policy and practice at all levels and will set the course for the national approach to education. Will it be a whole child approach to education?

In this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, learn more about the direction of the ESEA Blueprint and what it means for the whole child, educators, and families. You'll hear from ASCD's public policy director, David Griffith, and two practitioners from Newport News (Va.) Public Schools: elementary school principal Brian Nichols and 5th grade teacher Christine Steigleman.

We want to hear from you! What do you think of the ESEA Blueprint, and what would the proposed changes to the legislation mean for students, educators, and families in your school and community? Share your reactions and questions in the comments.

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Putting Vision into Action for the Whole Child

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This episode of the Whole Child Podcast was recorded live at ASCD's Annual Conference on March 7, 2010, and features the winning school of the first-ever Vision in Action: The Whole Child Award, the University of Northern Iowa’s Malcolm Price Laboratory School (PLS) in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The award recognizes schools that move beyond a narrow focus on academic achievement to take action for the whole child, creating learners who are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically active, artistically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond formal schooling.

PLS, a prekindergarten through 12th grade public school with a diverse population of 369 students, is located on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). As part of UNI's College of Education, the school is a setting for clinical teacher education and research at the prekindergarten through high school levels and conducts professional development for its own faculty and for faculty at schools across the state. PLS was selected as ASCD's first Vision in Action award winner because it has demonstrated significant success in each area of educating the whole child.

You'll hear PLS director Bridgette Wagoner and guidance counselor Clare Struck share the practices, programs, and policies that transformed the conditions of teaching and learning at PLS, such as the following:

  • All K–10 students at PLS participate in daily physical education classes and a weekly health program that ultimately prepares juniors and seniors for a Healthy Active Lifestyles course that empowers them to take responsibility for their own health and fitness via real-world experiences.
  • PLS's comprehensive school counseling program has created a physically and emotionally safe environment for its students with an emphasis on character education. Students are deliberately taught about their right to be who they are and their responsibility to respect others. The school's counselors have instituted a bully prevention program—Be a Buddy, Not a Bully!—for its elementary students that has been adopted by schools worldwide.
  • Price Laboratory School recently began engaging its students through project-based learning that allows them to focus on topics of their choosing. During the January term, 11th grade projects included hosting a radio talk show, participating in service learning, investigating string theory, and job shadowing.
  • All 6–12 students at PLS participate in cooperative advisory groups that meet daily at the middle school level and at least twice a month at the high school level. Advisors function as "school parents" who advocate for and mentor their assigned students.
  • Every child at PLS participates in a college preparatory curriculum and is held to the highest expectations. To prepare students for postsecondary success, the school's Juniors/Seniors Options Program provides students with multiple pathways and flexible scheduling so they can personalize their curriculum and plan for the future. Some of the options students can choose from are dual enrollment university courses, individualized study, internships with local businesses, cadet teaching, and senior projects.

Congratulations to PLS and its students! Learn more.

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