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Vermont Whole Child Snapshot

Montpelier, Vermont

To be fully prepared for their futures, Vermont’s children need personalized support, safe environments, good health, and challenging learning opportunities. ASCD’s Vermont 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 Vermont students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

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.

Focusing on Healthy Behaviors Helps Strengthen Curriculum and Develop Life Skills in Students

Hou-Long Junior High School, Miaoli County, Taiwan

Hou-Long Junior High School is an old school located in the outskirts of Miaoli County, Taiwan. Students are generally from low socioeconomic status families, thus the function of family is incomplete. As a result over thirty teachers often volunteer to take on the partial role of parent for many of these students. In addition, the school has made efforts to attend to the health needs of teachers and students by designating health topics to focus on each year to strengthen the curriculum and develp life skills in students. This yearly topic focus has helped the school establish school health promotion modules for the following topics: sex education, correct medication, healthy body mass index, and tobacco hazard control. The overall development of healthy behaviors in the school has required a lot of time and effort, but the school administrators expect it will be worth it in the end because it will help establish better motivation, atmosphere, and curriculum design that will give teachers, students and families a more healthy and supportive environment. This school was awarded the 2012 Silver Health Promoting School International Accreditation from the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, for its comprehensive efforts to improve health services and enhance the daily lives of teafchers and students.
 

Safety, Fitness, and Mental Health are this School’s Focus

Guei Lin Elementary School, Chiaya County, Taiwan

Guei Lin Elementary School is located in the rural area of Chaiyi County. The students mostly are from families of single-parent, skipped-generation, or interracial marriage (44%). The vision of the school is “Sustain health, Guei Lin sunshine”, in hoping that each and every one excels in health. The school is especially focused on issues such as safety, fitness, and mental health. Life skill teaching Is the main component, followed by a safe physical environment and respectful social environment as supplements, which use integrated resources from health authorities and guidance from the school, parents, and communities. The school health focus has seen positive outcomes, the incidence of accidental injuries has reduced from 1.3 incident/year to 0.52; students with suitable bodyweight has achieved 60% and above; students happiness index has reached 90%; with no reported school violence. Guei Lin Elementary School has won the excellence award in the annual evaluation of Chaiyi County for 3 consecutive years, as well as the Gold medal award in 2012 Health Promoting School International Accreditation from the Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Health and Welfare.

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.

Motivation Program Helps Build Positive Mindsets

Temasek Primary School, Singapore

To increase students’ motivation, confidence and self-efficacy, a Motivational Program was conducted for students at Temasek Primary School. The program aimed to instill positive mindsets in students and equip them with strategies to build their confidence and motivation levels. Prior to the implementation of the program, a pre-survey was administered to determine the student needs in this areas. As part of the program,the Life Path Vision Board was introduced to help students focus on their goals. Parents were also involved in the program to provide support and words of encouragement to the students.To engage other relevant stakeholders, letters with information on the program were sent out and school staff was briefed on the rationale and objectives of the program. At the end of the program, a post survey showed that students were better motivated by participating in this program. The Singapore Health Promotion Board awarded Temasek Primary School Motivational Program the CHERISH Gold Award for helping to improve overall health and wellbeing of students.
 

School Camp Helps Students Learn Healthy Habits

Yishun Secondary School, Singapore

Yishun Secondary School conducts needs assessment for students annually. Physical measurements at the beginning of the year shows school leaders which students need a little extra help to learn about and stay healthy. The school offers students the opportunity to participate in the Keep in Shape Through Sports (KISS) camp to educate students on their diet and ensure students are physically active. To ensure the effectiveness of the program, school leaders provide support by allocating funds to the program and monitoring school foods to provide only healthy food and drinks. Physical education teachers were excused from other school duties to conduct the program and parent involvement helped ensure the program's effectiveness. As a result of the program, around 30% of the overweight students passed their physical proficiency test and 85% of the students who participated in the camp lost weight beacuse they better understood how their diet and exercise affected their weight. In addition, the program evaluations and feedback was very positive from both parents and students. Yishun Secondary's KISS camp received the Singapore Health Promotion Board CHERISH Platinum Award for efforts to improve student health and develop life long healthy habits.

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!

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