ASCD Hosts Congressional Exhibit on the Whole Child
Alexandria, VA (01/21/10)—For nearly a decade, national education reform has focused almost exclusively on student success in reading and math. But too many districts and schools continue to have persistent achievement gaps, and far too many students are either dropping out of school or graduating without the skills and knowledge they need for postsecondary education, meaningful careers, and active civic participation. In addition, our local communities and public agencies persist in delivering isolated services to children and their families, which is neither cost-beneficial nor effective.
ASCD has proposed a more comprehensive approach that ensures children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged—and incorporates these vital supports into achievement and accountability measures. On January 28, ASCD is hosting an exhibit for education leaders, the media, and members of Congress and their education staffs to explain the need for education reform that includes whole child strategies. At the exhibit, ASCD members and staff will highlight specific schools and communities using a whole child approach and will offer national policy recommendations.
The exhibit will also unveil ASCD's work with members of Congress to introduce a federal Whole Child Resolution. The resolution would officially recognize that ensuring that all children are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged is a national priority and would designate the month of March as "National Whole Child Month."
What: ASCD Exhibit About the Whole Child Approach to Education
When: Thursday, January 28, 2010, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.; reception to follow, 4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Where: Rayburn Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building
Who: ASCD staff and members of Congress.
- Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) (sponsor of the event)
- Gene R. Carter, Executive Director, ASCD
- Sara Shubel, President-Elect, ASCD
- David Griffith, Director of Public Policy, ASCD
- Molly McCloskey, Managing Director of Whole Child Programs, ASCD
- Sean Slade, Director of Healthy School Communities, ASCD
- Barbara Michelman, communications director, at 1-703-575-5764 or by e-mail
- Melissa McCabe, communications specialist, at 1-703-575-5637 or by e-mail