Whole Child Approach - Social, Emotional, Academic, and Physical Well-being of Children

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Designed for use in schools and districts around the world, the free ASCD School Improvement Tool offers educators a comprehensive and completely online needs assessment.

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ASCD helps educators, families, community members, and policymakers move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action.

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CASEL’s mission is to help make evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL) an integral part of education from preschool through high school.

Access: CASEL - Collaborative for Academic, Social, Emotional Learning

Character.org is an organization advocating for integrity, honesty, respect, and other core ethical values to be fused into education for the betterment of our nation.

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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.

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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

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The Forum for Youth Investment helps leaders get young people ready for life.

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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.

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Child Trend shares this report, providing educators with Tools to measure and monitor social and emotional skills that lead to academic success.

Access: Measuring Elementary School Students' Social and Emotional Skills

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.

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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.

Access: Shape of the Nation 2016

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.

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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.

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This two-page summary shares how the whole child approach to education is defined by policies, practices,and relationships that ensure each child, in each school, in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Access: A Whole Child Approach to Education and the Common Core State Standards Initiatives

Whole Child tenants include the following:  healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged.

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This document shares the collaborative approach to learning and health, as developed by ASCD and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Access: Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community

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.

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

This page was last updated: 9/14/22