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2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 2729, 2014
Dallas, Tex.

Explore ways to make excellent teaching the reality in every classroom.



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Whole Child Network of Schools

Whole Child Network

E-mail us your questions about the Whole Child Network.

In May 2012, ASCD selected a group of schools from across the continental United States and Guam to become part of the ASCD Whole Child Network. 

The schools are committed to a three-year, 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.

Since the selection of the ASCD Network of Schools, each school has participated in both on-site professional development and virtual capacity building to address the needs identified by their results from ASCD School Improvement Tool. 

The schools have also developed action plans and worked with the external researcher to collect data for this comprehensive process. Each school has received site visits in the fall 2012, spring 2013, and fall 2013. 


Whole Child Network Schools

Drew-Freeman Middle School

Drew-Freeman Middle School (Prince George's County Public Schools) in Suitland, Md.
Principal: Marla Dean
Mission: At Drew-Freeman Middle School, a quality education is a civil right. We will educate all students by developing critical thinkers, cultivate a safe and orderly environment, and meet the unique needs of our students with excellence and equity.

Drew-Freeman Middle School is a public school that serves grades 7–8 with 657 students and 64 staff. The staff and parents are continuing to build connections and partnerships with community. This fall the Suitland Technology Education Engagement Resource Center sponsored the school's first Family Falcon Fun Night that offers social events, workshops, and training to Drew scholars and their families. In addition to dancing the night away, they offered a financial literacy workshop sponsored by PNC Bank. The facilitators shared great information on budgeting, saving, and their Bank at School program.


Finegayan Elementary School

Finegayan Elementary School (Guam Department of Education) in Dededo, Guam
Principal: Evangeline Iglesias
To enable all students to succeed in meeting the challenges of an ever-changing global society.

Finegayan, pronounced Fin-eh-gah-zan, is a public school serving K–5 with 87 staff members and almost 1,000 students. Staff is currently working on communication in building, mapping curriculum to the whole child tenets, and starting their second study group of ASCD's Understanding How Young Children Learn: Bringing the Science of Child Development to the Classroom (W.Ostroff).


Fredstrom Elementary School

Fredstrom Elementary School (Lincoln Public Schools) in Lincoln, Neb.
Principal: Vicki Schulenberg
To provide a safe, caring, and academically rigorous environment where our community–students, staff and families–

  • BELIEVE all students will…
  • ACHIEVE academic excellence and social growth, in order to…
  • SUCCEED in school and in life.

Fredstrom Elementary is a public school that serves K–5, with just about 500 students and 59 staff members. The school is making progress with cooperative learning and are looking to start a book study of ASCD's Classroom Instruction That Works (C.Dean, E.Hubbell, H.Pitler, B.Stone) and Technology in Classroom That Works (H.Pitler, E.Hubbell, M.Kuhn). The leadership team has also connected with the PTO for support with the clubs/activities the students have asked for in their advisory.


Holly Glen Elementary School

Holly Glen Elementary School (Monroe Township Public Schools)in Williamstown, N.J.
Thomas Myers
Mission: Building a Bridge to the Future: Holly Glen Elementary School will provide ALL children with a positive, challenging, and creative learning experience, which empowers them to become responsible and productive citizens. Working together, the children, staff, parents, and community will commit themselves to the development of the whole child. By using diverse strategies, the children will demonstrate

  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving,
  • Positive self-expression and self-image,
  • Exemplary character traits,
  • 21st century technology skills, and
  • A desire for lifelong learning.

Holly Glen Elementary is a public school for preK–4th grades. There are 59 staff members and almost 600 students. This fall, the staff had professional development with Krista Rundell (2012 ASCD emerging leader) to learn strategies on classroom and school engagement to link to students' interest in gaming and  connections with Common Core standards.


LeSueur-Henderson High School/Middle School

LeSueur-Henderson High School/Middle School (LeSueur-Henderson Public Schools–Independent School District #2397) in LeSueur, Minn.
Kevin Enerson
Le Sueur-Henderson High School…where every student's success matters.

LeSueur-Henderson is a public school serving 6–12 grades, with more than 550 students and 68 staff. The principal and staff have recognized that preparing students for post high school success is not just the counselor's job, and are moving to expand the current advisory moment to more than one day a week.


Martinsville High School

Martinsville High School (Martinsville City Public Schools) in Martinsville, Va.
Ajamu Dixon
Mission: "Where Learning Has No Limits and Academic Excellence Is Measured One Child at a Time"

Martinsville High is a public school that serves grades 9–12. It has 91 staff members and 665 students who are excited about the opportunities that are becoming available to them because of their connection with ASCD. In December 2013, the school  partnered with their local Walgreens to not only provide pedometers for their walking program but to also provide free vouchers for health screenings.


Odyssey Community School

Odyssey Community School (Santa Clara County Office of Education) in San Martin, Calif.
Principal: Jesse Ramos
Our students will learn in a personalized environment that fosters human dignity and promotes academic, social, emotional, and personal success.

Odyssey Community School is an alternative school that serves grades 9–12. The population is small, with only 43 students and a staff of 11. The staff work together collaboratively to support students. Monthly meetings are held to share ideas on transition and ideas and also to share student progress. In fall 2013, Odyssey partnered with the outlet mall and local grocery store to set up job interviews for students, where several were placed in positions.


PS 9, The Teunis G. Bergen Elementary School

PS 9, The Teunis G. Bergen Elementary School (New York City Department of Education) in New York, N.Y.
Principal: Sandra D’Avilar
Mission: Our mission is to teach our students how to maximize their potential. Our strength comes from engaging parents and the local community in the education of our children. Challenging minds. Building character. Creating community.

PS 9 is a public community school serving K–5 with 594 students and 72 staff members. The staff hosted an event for parents in November where the staff did role play about the whole child tenets (students and parents interacted and understood information). PS 9 also offers a parenting skills course, which has increased to over 20 participants.


Urban Community School

Urban Community School (Diocese of Cleveland) in Cleveland, Ohio
Pam Delly
Urban Community School provides primarily low-income children from Cleveland's near west side with an individualized, innovative, and challenging education. Founded and sponsored by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland, UCS is an ecumenical school in the Catholic tradition.

Urban Community is a charter school serving preK–8, with 452 students and 42 staff members. Its overall strategy encompasses differentiation and personalization for each student. In fall 2013, the staff had professional development with Ed Dunkleblau to focus on school climate and culture. Staff was able to replicate an activity from that training with parents at back to school night. Parents identified the characteristics of successful people and were quick to share their ideas with one another, which set the tone for a great event. Urban is also in preparations for a new wing in its school to continue supporting the needs and growth of students.



**Albert Harris Elementary School (Martinsville City Public Schools) in Martinsville, Va. (INACTIVE)

Principal: Felicia Preston
"Learning Together, Reaching and Teaching, Every Child, Every Day, Every Way"

Albert Harris Elementary is a public K–5 school with just over 500 students and 100 staff members. The school hosted its first Fall Festival in November 2012 and is looking forward to working more closely with parent, clergy, and community volunteers.

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During the 2012 summer institute held at ASCD, teams of administrators and teachers from participating schools gathered to formulate strategies and learn tactics for implementing the whole child approach to education in their schools. Elements of those plans include needs assessments; customized face-to-face trainings; and the deployment of tools, products, and services that address the various needs identified by the assessment.

Additionally, participating schools will

  • Complete a comprehensive, schoolwide pre- and post-assessment based on the tenets and indicators.
  • Engage a planning, decision-making, and implementation team that is representative of the whole school.
  • Conduct an objective comprehensive data review of assessment results facilitated by ASCD.
  • Adopt and implement a planning process.
  • Form collaborative, working partnerships with community-based organizations.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development with the school team and community.
  • Assess student and staff engagement in the school community.
  • Participate in an evaluation of the process directed by ASCD.


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To support the implementation of a whole child approach, participating schools received

  • A $10,000 grant for the 2012–13 school year, and $5,000 for the 2013–2014 school year. Continued participation in the network will be contingent on the school's demonstrated progress.
  • One full day of on-site training facilitated in partnership with ASCD staff to introduce the whole child approach within the school community during the first year.

Participating schools continue to receive individualized support from ASCD in developing a plan to implement a whole child approach to education in their schools, including a needs assessment. The implementation will be customized using both face-to-face training and virtual and print services, tools, and products that address the various needs identified by the assessment, such as instructional program improvements, job-embedded professional development, student support, health and safety, and teacher/leader effectiveness.

As a result of this support and training, schools are able to

  • Make the instructional and student support changes necessary to support school improvement efforts.
  • Build a culture of success in school and develop opportunities to expose students to college and career options and guidance.
  • Create opportunities for teachers and other staff to learn about, practice, implement, and evaluate research-based strategies that address identified problems and are aligned to school goals.
  • Establish practices to develop the conditions for learning within a positive school culture and climate.

Other benefits for participating schools include