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Building Healthy School Communities: Is your school a healthy school community?

In May 2006, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) launched its Healthy School Communities. This program is part of a large, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from an academic focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful learning. ASCD hopes to recast the definition of a successful learner from one whose achievement is measured solely by academic tests, to one who is knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency and ready for the world beyond formal schooling. See Healthy School Communities

The program is designed to promote the strong links among the emotional and physical health of learners, best practices in leadership and instruction, and policies that support healthy schools and partnerships with communities.
The goals of the program are as follows:

  • Promote the integration of health and learning indicators as education best practice through the development of healthy school communities.
  • Influence national, state, provincial, and local education policy and funding to reflect the evidence and research that supports health and learning.
  • Use data to measure impact, identify resource needs, and influence policy and practice.

Resource Links:
Infobrief — Healthy Learning Environments
Infobrief — The Whole Child: A Framework for Education in the 21st Century
The Whole Child in a Fracture World
Educational Leadership — The Whole Child
Is It Good for the Kids?

You are welcome to call us to find out about these activities. You can find phone numbers and e-mail addresses in our contact page

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