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.

 

 

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.

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.
 

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 Award Winning School is Dedicated to School Health

Dagang Elemantary School, Tainan, Taiwan

Tainan Municipal Dagang Elementary School, which was founded in 1988, currently has 44 classes and 1201 students. The school has been dedicated to school health promotion and has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Health Promoting School International Accreditation Gold medal from the Health Promotion Board, Ministry of Health and Welfare.

The school's key to success lies within 11 major aspects:

  1. Establishment of a school health committee (interdisciplinary teams, regular meetings, formulate plans into school calendar, and implementation)
  2. Integrating health issues into school curriculum so that teaching and activities can complement one another
  3. Comprehensive implementation in the 6 dimensions (school policy, physical environment, social environment, community relationships, and personal health skills)
  4. Collaborate with local hospital/community resources to form partnerships and broaden participation
  5. Perform a statistical analysis to examine program performance and encourage staff to participate in research
  6. Hold an award ceremony to reward excellences: “white teeth and bright eyes awards”, “healthy fitness awards”, and “reaching BIM standards award”
  7. Raise awareness and participation with parents and communities through the publication of school newsletters and media
  8. Quality control and seek excellence: execute plans in accordance to principles.
  9. Learning through observation and experience sharing: encourage staff to take training courses and to share knowledge by making and sharing reports in meetings
  10. Establish a dental health center: Treatment station, dental chair, complete hardware. Resident dentist Dr. Wang has been a volunteer dentist for over 20 years.
  11. Establish Health promotion website: allocate a specialist in the maintenance of the data on this website.
     

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 Uses Character Education to Create a Caring School Climate

Apollo Beach Elementary School, Apollo Beach, Florida
 

Apollo Beach Elementary School (ABES) was named a 2013 National School of Character by whole child partner Charcter Education Partnership. Located in a small urban setting south of Tampa, ABES  is one of 146 elementary schools in Hillsborough County Florida–the 8th largest school district in the United States. The school does not have much ethnic diversity, but it has quite a disparity in the supplemental educational services among students, which presents a number of challenges when trying to unify students and parents to create a caring school climate. ABES embarked upon a character initiative in 2002 with only four trained faculty members. Since that time, the school's program has grown to include the entire faculty staff, students, parents, and community at large. Over 50 percent of the faculty serve on the character education committee, and many of these members have been individually trained in various components of character, which they frequently share with others. In recent years, as county demands on instructional time has increased, ABES has worked diligently to embed character education into every setting—academic and otherwise—to reinforce character building among our students and staff. Additonally, new steps have been taken to actively involve parents, PTA, and business partners to make a community connection. ABES was
 

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