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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.

Once a Failing School, Now a Breakthrough Institution

Amityville Memorial High School, Suffolk County, N.Y.

Recognized as a 2011 Breakthrough School by the MetLife Foundation and whole child partner National Association of Secondary School Principals, Amityville Memorial High School in Suffolk County, N.Y., has truly overcome its previous identification as a failing school.

Principal Scott Andrews has led the focus on the four Rs—relevance, respect, responsibility, and relationships—as academic rigor increases and the achievement gap closes between the 86 percent minority population. Along with academics, communication and trust continue to increase among the students and staff through events like the Amityville Awareness Weekend, where 120 needs-based students are chosen to spend an engaging weekend at school developing their social-emotional skills while fostering a sense of acceptance and respect for themselves and others.

Amityville's motto is "The best is yet to come," and based on the achievements thus far, we believe it.

Diversity is School’s Strength

Glencliff High School, Nashville, Tenn.

"Our diversity is our strength" is the mantra that rings throughout Glencliff High School, a recipient of whole child partner Coalition for Community Schools' 2011 National Community Schools Award for Excellence. Representing more than 40 different countries and nationalities within its student body, Glencliff is the most diverse high school in the state of Tennessee.

Thanks to strong support from business and community partnerships as well as the school's drive to promote student learning, Glencliff High School has the largest number of dual-enrollment students in all of Nashville. Students' scores on writing assessments have skyrocketed from 58 to 93 percent proficient or advanced. More than 80 percent of students feel that the school climate has improved because of the partnerships. Based on Glencliff High School's inspiring work, its school climate will only get better.

Partnerships Help Support Diverse Set of Community-Based Services

Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union, Franklin and Grand Isle Counties, Vt.

Exceptional community-based services for youth have emerged in Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union in Vermont, whole child partner America's Promise Alliance's 100 Best Communities for Young People winner, thanks to its cultivation of partnerships.

With connections from regional planning commissions to indigenous organizations to local hospitals, the community has been able to provide strong programs for youth across a spectrum of ages. The Early Childhood Program provides screening services for children before entering preschool, and the Circle of Courage program helps children gain an awareness, understanding, and appreciation for the local Native American Abenaki culture.

Because of its dedicated work to build systems of care for children with special needs, the region received the Communities Can! Award by the Federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Elements Come Together to Create Positive School Atmosphere

B. F. Terry High School, Rosenberg, Tex.

The elements are coming together at B. F. Terry High School in Rosenberg, Tex., as staff, parents, and students work together to create an environment that promotes effective learning. Although 6 out of 10 students at B. F. Terry live in poverty, gone are the days of poor school culture and marginal engagement in class.

Principal Vera Wehring encourages the practice of strategies from Breaking Ranks I: collaboration; personalization; and curriculum, instruction, and assessment. With attention on professional development and making teachers accessible to students throughout the day, this 2011 Breakthrough School (as awarded by the MetLife Foundation and whole child partner National Association of Secondary School Principals) hosts a positive school culture and truly fosters high achievement.

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