The Whole Child - Social, Emotional, Academic, Physical Well Being

Resources to Support "The Whole Child" to assure he/she is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged: 

  • ASCD's Whole Child Approach:  ASCD helps educators, families, community members, and policymakers move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action.
  • is an organization advocating for integrity, honesty, respect, and other core ethical values to be fused into education for the betterment of our nation.
  • Chicago Consortium for School Research:  The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research builds the capacity for school reform by conducting research that identifies what matters for student success and school improvement.
  • CORE Districts:  A collaboration of districts works together to innovate, implement, and scale successful strategies and tools that help their students succeed, so that all students are prepared for college and career.  CORE Districts introduced its new School Quality Improvement Index in December 2015. The Index uses a new system of multiple measures to provide schools and teachers with more and better information to improve student learning
  • LiiNK Project:  Their mission is to bridge the gap between academics and the social, emotional and healthy well-being of children. The Liink Project aims to develop the whole child through increased recess and character development.
  • National School Climate Center:  The goal of NSCC is to promote positive and sustained school climate: a safe, supportive environment that nurtures social and emotional, ethical, and academic skills.  NSCC is an organization that helps schools integrate crucial social and emotional learning with academic instruction, enhancing student performance, preventing drop outs, reducing physical violence and bullying, and developing healthy and positively engaged adults.
  • Shape of the Nation 2016:  This report by Shape America provides the status of physical education in the United States.  Physical education addresses the needs of the whole child by helping children exercise both their bodies and their minds, with a positive impact on their physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Social & Emotional Learning:  McREL's Fall edition of Changing Schools focuses on Social & Emotional Learning (SEL).  This edition addresses what the research says, selecting the right program, and the role of student identity.
  • The Wallace Foundation:   The foundation develops and tests promising ideas on the ground, studies the results, researches related issues – and shares what we’ve learned broadly to help improve children’s lives.
  • Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence:  Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships, and health. The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence uses the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society. The Center conducts research and teaches people of all ages how to develop their emotional intelligence.

 This page was updated on August 24, 2021.

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