The Whole Child

    Whole Child

    ASCD calls on parents, educators, policymakers, and communities to join forces to ensure our children become productive, engaged citizens. Our children deserve an education that emphasizes academic rigor as well as the essential 21st-century skills of critical thinking and creativity


    What is the whole child compact?


    The Learning Compact Redefined: A Call to Action, recommends a new compact with our young people. The Compact asks local, state, and national policymakers to ensure conditions that support comprehensive approaches to learning — for engaging the whole child.

    It asks that communities look at the whole picture and make sure that:

    • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
    • Each student learns in an intellectually challenging 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 graduate is challenged by a well-balanced curriculum and is prepared for success in college or further study and for employment in a global environment.
     Whole Child

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    Starting the Whole Child Conversation
    To facilitate informal group conversations about the whole child, ASCD has launched the Whole Child Community Conversations Project, which enables groups to explore how to work together to support this important initiative. Two versions of the facilitator's guide are available: One targets local community engagement and the other, student engagement. Learn how to engage your community in a conversation about educating the whole child. For more information and to download the facilitator's guides, visit CLICK HERE