The Whole Child Podcast: Changing the Conversation About Education seeks to inform and engage educators, parents, community members -- and you -- about what works in today's schools. Guests include educational leaders, practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and students from around the globe who share their insights about sound education policies and practices that ensure that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Every Child. Whatever It Takes.
Guests: 2017 Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award-winning School Butterield Trail Middle School, Van Buren, Arkansas - Recorded live at ASCD Empower17 in Anaheim, California, ASCD recognizes the school's tremendous dedication and many accomplishments through a discusion around the importance of relationships, culture, healthy and safe environment, and community involvement.
Guests: Jason Flom, Ross Hall, and Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year - The skills needed in society today are not the skills that have dominated education for the past half-century. They are the skills that utilize and synthesize knowledge and require us to act in concert with each other, develop relationships, and take ownership. These skills are founded in empowering individuals—requiring voice and ensuring meaning—as they navigate their unique educational paths. On this episode of the Whole Child Podcast, host Sean Slade, director of outreach and whole child at ASCD, and our panelists discuss why empowerment is important in education.
The Engagement Gap
Guests: Nancie Atwell and Michael Soskil - Although much has been written about the achievement gap, less has been said about redirecting our focus to student engagement in learning. And focusing on engagement may be the closest thing we have to ensuring effective learning is taking place. On this episode, host Sean Slade, director of outreach and whole child at ASCD, and the inaugural winner and a 2016 finalist of the Varkey Foundation's Global Teacher Prize discuss how we can make our schools and classrooms all-engaging environments. Why is engagement important? What do we mean by engagement, and what does it look like?
Supporting Students for Success
Guests: Christine Brandt, Krystal Keller, Sharice Madison, Ryan Prosser, Danielle Shumate - Jason Lee Middle School, a high-poverty school in Tacoma, Washington, serves 584 students from grades 6 through 8. The success of the school—which was removed from Washington’s low-performing school priority list last year—begins with a clear vision and mission, aligned to the district strategic plan, to help students realize their potential by providing rigorous academics, equitable opportunities, and programs that allow for student creativity in a diverse community where all are accepted, valued, and supported. For its tremendous dedication and many accomplishments, Jason Lee Middle School is the 2016 winner of the Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award! This episode of the Whole Child Podcast was taped live at ASCDls 71st Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Atlanta, Georgia.
Learning for All: The Importance of Culturally Responsive Classrooms
Guests: Richard Curwin, Brenda Mendoza, Laurie A. Namey - Classrooms today educate increasingly diverse students who live in a globalized and interconnected world. To ensure our children are prepared to thrive in this environment, we must deliver each of them the quality education they deserve―one that focuses on the whole child and ensures access to quality teachers, provides use of quality learning tools and professional development for their educators, and establishes safe and supportive learning environments. On this episode, we ask our panelists how they define an all-inclusive learning environment.
Empowering Our Culturally and Linguistically Diverse English Learners
Guests: Emily Davis, Aman Dhanda, Jane Hill, and Adam Holman - Our schools are responsible for meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population, including those who are learning the English language. These English learners represent nearly 10 percent of the total K–12 student population and are the fastest growing segment in U.S. public schools, yet they are almost twice as likely as their native-English-speaking classmates to drop out of school. On this episode, we explore how educators can create equitable educational settings that utilize the skills and knowledge of English learners as they navigate multiple languages and cultures.
Healthy, Safe, Engaged, Supported and Challenged
ASCD knows kids and they know how to best teach the whole child. This podcast needs to be on the iPod of every educator!
This is nothing new. This is no different than what catholic and other religious schools have done for years, Except these people replace God with the state. Raise your own kids and keep your liberty.