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New Hampshire Whole Child Snapshot

Concord, New Hampshire

To be fully prepared for their futures, New Hampshire’s children need personalized support, safe environments, good health, and challenging learning opportunities. ASCD’s New Hampshire Whole Child Snapshot highlights how well the state is meeting the comprehensive needs of its children.

The snapshot features data that provide a fuller picture of child performance and well-being. It also provides initial ideas for how families, educators, and communities can make targeted and innovative improvements to support the whole child and help students become productive adults and engaged citizens.

See the snapshot to find out to what extent New Hampshire students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Maine Whole Child Snapshot

Augusta, Maine

To be fully prepared for their futures, Maine’s children need personalized support, safe environments, good health, and challenging learning opportunities. ASCD’s Maine Whole Child Snapshot highlights how well the state is meeting the comprehensive needs of its children.

The snapshot features data that provide a fuller picture of child performance and well-being. It also provides initial ideas for how families, educators, and communities can make targeted and innovative improvements to support the whole child and help students become productive adults and engaged citizens.

See the snapshot to find out to what extent Maine students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Alabama Whole Child Snapshot

Montgomery, Alabama

To be fully prepared for their futures, Alabama’s children need personalized support, safe environments, good health, and challenging learning opportunities. ASCD’s Alabama Whole Child Snapshot highlights how well the state is meeting the comprehensive needs of its children.

The snapshot features data that provide a fuller picture of child performance and well-being. It also provides initial ideas for how families, educators, and communities can make targeted and innovative improvements to support the whole child and help students become productive adults and engaged citizens.

See the snapshot to find out to what extent Alabama students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

School Program Helps Students Reach Their Full Potential

Canberra Secondary School, Singapore

This school aspires to develop students to their full potential—to teach them the right values, create a mindset for excellence, and nurture them to be responsible and caring citizens.  The Character Development Committee at this school put in place a structured program to enhance students' social emotional competencies. At the beginning of the year the Committee—after assessing student social emotional competencies—determines student social emotional needs. The Committee plans social emotional workshops and wellbeing periods to help them work on the needed skills. The workshops at this school were aimed at providing students with strategies to understand their strengths and weakness, teach them skills to help them cope with transition and change management, as well as encourage them to accept responsibility, and look ahead to the future. The wellness lessons helped their students develop self-awareness and self-management skills that will help them achieve personal overall wellbeing. The program served as a platform for teacher-student interaction and helped to develop camaraderie among students. At the end of the year students evaluate their competencies, which is then used to evaluate the program. The Wellbeing Program at Canberra Secondary School is a Singapore Health Promotion Board Platinum CHERISH Award winner for its efforts to improve student overall health and wellbeing.

Physical Education Program Helps Get Students Active and Interested in Sports

Wellington Primary School, Singapore

Since 2007, Wellington Primary School has offered students the opportunity to participate in the Sports Education Program (SEP) for students. In 2009, the school expanded SEP and implemented the Holistic Sports Education Program (HSEP) for all students. The program, comprising 6 modules, was integrated into the Physical Education and Health Education Curriculum. The aim was to provide students with opportunities to make use of skills and knowledge learned during their PE and HE lessons in fun and interactive sports activities. Competitions were planned to nurture sportsmanship and develop life-long learners in sports. As a result of the program, Wellington Primary was awarded the Singapore Health Promotion Board CHERISH Platnium Award for helping student's develop greater interests in sporting activities. Program results revealed evidence of stronger, more vibrant sporting culture within the school, as well as greater student achievement outcomes in several sporting activities.

This Institute for Learning Knows What it Means to Engage the Community

Segue Institute for Learning, Central Falls, Rhode Island

Segue Institute for Learning received the 2014 Rhode Island ASCD Whole Child Award for its work to engage the community in all aspects of its programs. The school has exemplified what it means to engage the community by embracing the involvement of its community partners and families to help support their students. Furthermore, they support their students through student driven advisories that revolve around culturally competent and engaging activities. Curriculum is geared toward success in high school and includes service learning, performance based assessment and portfolios. In addition, the health education curriculum includes social/emotional dimensions. Congratulations Segue Institute for Learning for this great honor!

Promoting Health, Seeking Excellence, Moving toward the World

Tai-An Elementary School, Taichung City, Taiwan

Tai-An Elementary School participated in 2012 Health Promoting School International Accreditation, and was awarded with Gold Medal by the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare. The school promoted health by applying diverse strategies in six aspects: school policy, physical environment, social environment, teaching activities, health service, and community relationships. School administrative, parent, and community resources were also incorporated to further implement these strategies.The school principal strongly supported the program, by infusing the initiative within the school faculty and staff, issuing evaluations within the schools and community, and subsequently formulated school health policies. In addition, the school focused on providing a suitable, improved and controlled environment for teaching and learning—to emphasize holistic health and create a supportive social network toward health promoting schools. Through the design of diverse activities and the integration of related fields and subjects, the effectiveness of curricula was therefore maximized comprehensively. Moreover, the school nurses also played essential roles in the integration of health activities into all departments, and in the implementation of community services outside of the school.
 

School’s Active, Caring Environment Guarantees Student Success

Reading Middle School, Reading, Ohio

The mission of Reading Middle School, an active and caring community, is to guarantee the development of all students as successful, lifelong learners who become contributing citizens after graduation. A 2013 School to Watch, whole child partner The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform gave this school this recognition for providing a challenging, comprehensive curriculum; best practice instruction; and quality extracurricular activities supported by an exceptional staff in state-of-the-art facilities in partnership with parents and community.
 

School Program Engages Community While Challenging Students

Southwest Middle School, Orlando, Florida
 

Since its opening more than 50 years ago, Southwest Middle has built a rich, academic tradition. The Florida Environmental Education Team (FLEET) at Southwest Middle School was developed to help students focus, understand, and appreciate the environmental resources outside their door. Collaborating with community environmental agencies, this program helps students benefit from higher-level thinking and keeps them actively engaged in the curriculum. The FLEET program has positively affected its students' learning by providing real-life experiences, challenging them to develop the skills to weigh multiple sides of an issues, and providing the necessary support to become informed decision makers. The FLEET program at Southwest MIddle was a recipient of whole child partner, the Association for Middle Level Education's 2012 Teams That Make A Difference Award
 

School Library Positively Affects School Environment and Student Achievement

Swann Valley High School, Saginaw, MI

Students often mention the library when asked what's so special about Swan Valley High School, in Saginaw, Mich. The library—which was nominated by whole child partner American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) for it's 2013 National School Library Program of the Year (NSLPY) Award—is a part of every aspect within the school, creating an environment where all students can do learning attitude. School library programs were cut in every other school in the district, but the high school's administrators, parents, and teachers fought hard to keep Swan Valley High's library open—citing its positive effect on student achievement as a reason to keep the program alive.
 

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