Educating the whole student

School is a lot more than just academic achievement. That's why the nonprofit organization ASCD, formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, partnered with thousands of educators, support professionals, and advocates around the world to develop a way of talking about education that emphasizes the needs of the "whole" student.

The whole student approach ensures that every student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Each value builds on another with the goal of preparing students for the challenges and opportunities that await them.

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student

For instance, kids need to be healthy and safe before they can focus on learning. Then schools must engage students in ways that are relevant and tied to the broader community.

By supporting students, caring adults in and out of the classroom help students to excel. And, of course, by challenging students academically, adults prepare students for succes in college, future employment, and global citizenship.

Throughout the year, Partners Post will bring you stories of how the people who work in our public schools are using this approach to educate the whole child. First up is a story from the North Star School District in Southwestern Pennsylvania.


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