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Spend any time in a classroom or school, or as a parent, and you quickly realize students are more than test scores. They are people — with ideas, dreams, ambitions, feelings, potential, and a desire to feel their actions matter.

We do our best work, when they do their best work. How can we create the conditions which helps ensure student success? While no recipe will work for all students and all schools all the time, there are some basic tenets which, when applied consistently and purposefully over time, produce the results that matter.

What are those results that matter most?

Students who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative is well worth exploring and becoming involved in. Visit their site to learn more. For now, here are the basic tenets of an effective Whole Child education:

Whole Child Tenets

  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
  • Each student learns in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
  • Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults.
  • Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment and participation in a global environment.