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Whole Child

ASCD's approach to long-term success in all children.

The Whole Child initiative is imperative to our mission in Colorado, where we employ a laser-focus on educating the Whole Child in our state.

The Whole Child Approach

ASCD and its affiliates support educators, families, community members, and policymakers as they promote sustainable school improvement and long-term student success.


Research, practice, and common sense confirm that a whole child approach to education will develop and prepare students for challenges and opportunities of today and tomorrow by addressing students' comprehensive needs through the shared responsibility of students, families, schools, and communities.


"As our world becomes smaller, local communities face similar challenges such as famine, violent conflicts, climate change, economic inequality, and human rights, that threaten the health and safety of children and that require complex global solutions. Therefore, to ensure that each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, education systems must teach students the competencies they will need to thrive in a global society."


Sean Slade, ASCD

Senior Director of Global Outreach 

Whole Child Tenants

  • 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.


For more detailed information, go to ASCD's Whole Child Webpage, where you can find a breakdown of each tenant, join the Whole Child Network, use the ASCD School Improvement Tool, and much more!

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