Alexandria, VA (7/24/12)—The 10 schools from across the continental United States and Guam chosen to participate in ASCD’s Whole Child Network recently kicked off their efforts with a two and a half day Whole Child Network Summer Institute in Alexandria, Va., on July 15–17, 2012.

The schools chosen to participate in the Whole Child Network have committed to a comprehensive school improvement process using the tenets of the Whole Child Initiative—healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged—and their indicators (PDF) as a sustainable whole child approach to educating participating schools’ students.

The 2012 Whole Child Network Schools are

Albert Harris Elementary School of the Martinsville City Public Schools in Martinsville, Va., which serves grade levels K–5.
Drew-Freeman Middle School of the Prince George’s County Public Schools in Suitland, Md., which serves grade levels 7 and 8.
Finegayan Elementary School in Dededo, Guam, of the Guam Department of Education, which provides Head Start and serves grade levels K–5.
Fredstrom Elementary School of the Lincoln Public Schools in Lincoln, Neb., which serves grade levels K–5.
Holly Glen Elementary School of the Monroe Township School District in Williamstown, N.J., which serves grade levels preK–4.
Le Sueur-Henderson High School of the Le Sueur-Henderson Independent School District in Le Sueur, Minn., which serves grade levels 6–12.
Martinsville High School of the Martinsville City Public Schools in Martinsville, Va., which serves grade levels 9–12.
Odyssey Community School of the Santa Clara County School District in San Martin, Calif., which serves grade levels 9–12.
P.S. 9, the Teunis G. Bergen Elementary School of the NYC Department of Education in Brooklyn, N.Y., which serves grade levels preK–5.
Urban Community School in Cleveland, Ohio, which serves grade levels preK–8.

Participating schools will receive customized support in implementing a whole child approach to education, an ASCD Institutional membership, and a trip for up to five team members from each site to ASCD’s 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Chicago, Ill. Each network school also receives a $10,000 grant for the 2012–13 school year.

During the recent summer institute held at ASCD headquarters, teams of administrators and teachers from participating schools gathered to formulate strategies and learn tactics for implementing the whole child approach to education in their schools. Elements of those plans include needs assessments; customized face-to-face trainings; and the deployment of tools, products, and services that address the various needs identified by the assessment.

The institute in Alexandria will be followed by an additional one-day, on-site professional development event at each school. Facilitated in partnership with ASCD’s Whole Child Programs staff, these events will introduce the whole child approach to education within each participating school’s community. ASCD staff will work in close consultation with school officials throughout their participation in the network to support the implementation of their school improvement plans based on the whole child tenets.

“We know that it takes collaboration, coordination, and integration to implement a whole child approach to education in a school,” said Molly McCloskey, managing director of Whole Child Programs at ASCD. “Our work with each of these 10 schools supports key leaders and team members as they create and implement long-range plans that ensure each child in each classroom at their school is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.”

ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative is an associationwide effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged within a sustainable approach to education and community engagement. Through the initiative, ASCD helps educators, families, community members, and policymakers move from a vision about educating the whole child to action.

For more information about ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative, visit www.ascd.org/wholechild. For more information about ASCD and all of its programs, products, and services, or to join, visit www.ascd.org.

Contact Information
Katie Test, communications specialist, 1-703-575-5608 or by e-mail.
Stephen Wakefield, communications director, 1-703-575-5764 or by e-mail.

ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 150,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 145 countries—the ASCD community also includes 58 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit’s diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.

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