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Education and Public Health: Natural Partners in Learning for Life
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About This Book
Engaging students in community change has far-reaching benefits that not only support but also extend beyond academic achievement. Students who participate in such efforts become better connected to their schools and communities while learning and practicing the principles of democratic citizenship. Students with a high degree of school connectedness are less likely to make risky choices.
In 1998, ASCD and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joined together to support school-community partnerships that used public health as a focus for student learning and community involvement. This book describes the lessons learned from the projects and provides insight into how schools and community public health agencies can work together to improve student achievement, behavior, and health. Using examples from diverse communities, the author discusses the intersections between education and public health, keys to successful projects, and ways to connect to the curriculum.
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JENNY SMITH has researched, written, and worked on the production of award-winning public affairs documentaries for PBS television. She helped produce several shows that covered education, including Surviving the Bottom Line, winner of the 1999 CINE Golden Eagle award. She researched and wrote about education reform efforts in high-poverty urban areas nationwide for a Ford Foundation Research & Development grant. Smith is the author of Exemplary Assessment: Measurement That's Useful, an ASCD PD Online course.
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