Training teachers to consider ‘the whole child’ can be daunting -but the website the whole child education help:
Evaluations since 1992 have shown that community schools
o improve student achievement.
o increase parental involvement.
o demonstrate higher student and teacher attendance.
o improve school climate.
o decrease special education referrals.
o improve mental and physical health for students.
and more from the whole child newsletter:
an example from the newsletter:
Locked in a Conspiracy
James P. Comer, the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine’s Child Study Center and a whole child commissioner, often says that the community in which he was raised was, “locked into a conspiracy to make certain that I grew up to be a responsible, contributing citizen.” But what does that look like in a modern world? What do a school and community look like when they truly ensure each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged?
One possibility is a “full-service community school.” In a recent article, an elementary school principal, a college professor, and the director of whole child partner the Coalition for Community Schools describe their 10-year partnership at a high-poverty school in New York.