Tagged “Whole Child Partners”

School Provides a Foundation to a Lifetime of Knowledge

Anansi Charter School, Taos, New Mexico

Anansi Charter School’s mission is to provide a nurturing and supportive environment where children of all races, creeds, religions, and special needs develop a love of learning and acquire a strong foundation on which to build a lifetime of knowledge. Anansi is an Ashoka ChangeMaker School whose community is based upon trust, communication, empathy, and a non-punitive educative approach to school discipline. Emotional intelligence is an important pillar of the school: they use RULER, Six Seconds, and the Love and Logic model to support social emotional competency. Academic units at Anansi culminate in a service project that the students design themselves, allowing them to cultivate critical thinking and leadership skills.

The Number One Rule: Be: Kind

Lusher Charter School, New Orleans, Louisiana

Lusher Charter School is one of the most sought-after public schools in the city of New Orleans. In addition to its academic success and recognition as an Ashoka ChangeMaker School, Lusher is best known for its positive school culture, built on the school’s number one rule: be kind. In addition to doing Responsive Classroom’s morning meeting on a daily basis, Lusher encourages its staff, students, and parents to implement ideas that build a culture of kindness. For example, after Hurricane Katrina, teachers collaborated with Tulane University’s Department of Psychology to design an arts-based healing curriculum that included activities such as painting ceramic eggs to symbolize rebirth and interviewing students about their visions for New Orleans. Fifth graders also took the opportunity to redesign the school’s bathrooms and the school cafeteria, installing a salad bar and round tables in the latter.

This School Prepares Students to Excel in the 21st Century

Summit Elementary, Casper, Wyoming

Summit Elementary’s mission is to prepare children to excel and lead in the 21st century. Located in rural WY,  Summit is a Leader in Me Lighthouse School and Ashoka ChangeMaker School, where students play roles in school-wide leadership, classroom leadership, and through teaching leadership skills to their peers. In Summit’s kid counsel, students are fully responsible for running and editing a podcast to provide news, tips about the 7 habits from Leader in Me, as well as informing students about upcoming job applications. A school-wide Leadership Day invites the whole district and community residents are to learn about the 7 habits for themselves and for students. Additionally, they use a shared leadership model and have multi-age expeditions.

At this Global Academy Each Student Has a Voice

Academy for Global Citizenship, Chicago, Illinois

At Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC), each student has a voice and is given the space to contribute and lead. For example, one 3rd grader put together a successful campaign to provide a healthier drink alternative in the cafeteria, which involved collecting signatures, designing flow charts, and building a team team to research drink alternatives. In one 4th grade class, after their exchange class in India asked how the AGC building was heated, students did a three day-long research adventure to discover it. According to the AGC staff, the key is saying  “yes” to students’ suggestions, encouraging their questions, and urging them to discover the full answer on their own. AGC was recently recognized as a ChangeMaker School by whole child partner Ashoka.

 

 

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.

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.

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