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Alexandria, VA (3/21/12)—ASCD today opened the application process for the association’s new Whole Child Network of schools. Schools applying to participate in the Whole Child Network will commit 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 their students. ASCD’s Whole Child Network is open to all schools (public, charter, private, independent) of any grade level preK–12 within the United States and Canada.
The deadline for schools to apply to be considered for the Whole Child Network is April 30, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by May 15, 2012.
ASCD’s Whole Child Network will comprise between 10 and 15 schools from across the United States and Canada. Each member school will receive a $10,000 grant for the 2012–13 school year, with the opportunity for renewal in the subsequent two school years, as well as customized support in implementing a whole child approach to education. Participating schools will also receive an ASCD Institutional membership, and up to five team members from each site will receive a trip to ASCD’s 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago, Ill.
"ASCD believes that a whole child approach to education is essential, replicable, and sustainable and that it will work for each school in each community," said Molly McCloskey, managing director of the Whole Child Initiative. "Research demonstrating a comprehensive, coordinated school improvement effort engaging all stakeholders validates the whole child approach, showing that it creates sustainable, meaningful outcomes for students. We are excited to launch this new program today, and we look forward to working with the successful applicants."
Whole Child Network schools will kick off their participation in the network with a two and half day networkwide training event during summer 2012, followed by one full-day, on-site training for each school, facilitated in partnership with ASCD’s Whole Child Programs staff, to introduce the whole child approach within the school community. Following that, ASCD staff will work in close consultation with school officials to design an implementation plan. Elements that may be a part of that plan include a needs assessment as well as customized face-to-face trainings, tools, and products that address the various needs identified by the assessment. This may include instructional program improvements, job-embedded professional development, student support, health and safety, and teacher/leader effectiveness. To apply to become a Whole Child Network school, go to www.ascd.org/wholechildnetwork.
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 this 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. The PDF application form will be available at www.ascd.org/wholechildnetwork. For more information about ASCD and all of its programs, products, and services, or to join, visit www.ascd.org.
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