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Strong Values Guide School Community to Success

Melrose High School, Pearce, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Melrose High School nurtures and values social and cultural learning abilities and styles. The inclusive environment provides students with a diverse range of learning opportunities with the goal of producing leaders and learners of the future. The school reinforces strong values which are based on "RESPECT:" Resources, Effort, Self, Peers, Environment, Community, Teachers. The values guide the school community in the way they conduct themselves. They also reinforce a safe and health-promoting environment which ensures that every student has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Recognized as a MindMatters School in 2011 by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute, Melrose High School is an outstanding and inclusive government school whose multicultural composition is reflected in the strong cultivation of students as global citizens. The school works closely with its local and extended community to provide a well-balanced and stimulating curriculum with strengths in academic, sporting, and cultural pursuits. Specialist learning facilities, a new gymnasium, and a wonderful array of sporting and recreational facilities enable students to enjoy the educationally stimulating environment and the friendship of a diverse student body.

Improving Well-Being and Learning Environments in the Middle East

Ramallah, Palestinian Territories, West Bank

Elham Palestine is a nationwide program extending throughout Gaza and the West Bank that aims at improving the physical, mental, psychological, and social well-being of Palestinian children and enhancing their learning environments to become more conducive for their well-being. The program seeks to recognize, develop, and create resources for the educational system from inspiring initiatives implemented by dedicated principles, counselors, teachers, and students. Elham utilizes a participatory approach which engages the youth, local communities, and a multi-stakeholder partnership that includes governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Elham is the Middle East setting of whole child partner Learning for Well Being and the principles and framework developed by the Universal Education Foundation. Learning for Well-Being seeks to promote child well-being across not only Europe and the Middle East, but also across each society. It focuses on all sectors of that society—health, mental health, social affairs, as well as education—aiming to influence policy development in and across each with regard to child well-being.

From Kindergarteners to Pre-Service Teachers, Flourishing Learning Community Serves All Students

University of Wyoming Lab School, Laramie, Wyo.

Located on the University of Wyoming (UW) campus, the University of Wyoming Lab School serves as a hub for innovative, research-based education for its students, as well as those in the UW Teacher Education Program. With more than 400 preservice teachers completing observations and practicum experiences in the classrooms, UW Lab School is not only providing a rich educational experience for its K–9 student population, but also for future teachers.

Engaged and meaningful learning is a critical part of the curriculum at UW Lab School, and teachers believe that students are fully capable of self-directed learning and independent research. From weekly art, music, and physical education classes to research-based mathematics and integrated literacy coursework, students develop well-rounded knowledge and an awareness of multicultural issues.

Collaboration with the UW Department of Anthropology has given students the chance to apply classroom content to real-world experiences as they participate in a National History Channel Save Our History Project that involves analyzing excavation data, exploring cultural and economic implications related to identified artifacts, and helping to create an exhibit.

The high level of achievement at UW Lab School is indicative of the flourishing learning community and the school's commitment to providing the best education experience for every student.

Underserved Students Realize Dreams of College

Bronx Preparatory Charter School, Bronx, N.Y.

Bronx Preparatory Charter School in New York prepares underserved middle and high school students for higher education, civic involvement, and lifelong success by holding high expectations and providing a caring, structured environment.

The school's 700 students in grades 5–12 spend 50 percent more time in school than their peers in traditional public schools, and school heavily emphasizes math and literacy. Middle school students attend up to two hours each in math and English daily and are introduced to high school-level content in 8th grade. During the 11th and 12th grades, students can take college-level courses.

College is integrated into every aspect at Bronx Prep, with rooms named after colleges and universities and teachers constantly referring to students' future higher education. Consistent science, social studies, physical education, and artistic block scheduling provide a well-rounded education. Middle and high school students spend one hour a day, four days a week participating in classes such as piano, violin, dance, and drama. One hundred percent of the school's first three high school graduating classes were admitted to four-year colleges.

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