A New Model for Students’ Health and Learning

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Tools for Whole Child WSCCASCD is excited to announce a new, recommended strategy for improving students’ health and learning in our schools—the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. Developed by ASCD and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with key leaders from education, public health, and school health fields, the new model builds on elements of the traditional coordinated school health approach and the whole child framework to present a strengthened, unified, and collaborative approach to learning and health.
The goals of the new WSCC model align with the goals of the traditional coordinated school health model, aiming to provide students with
•    Increased health knowledge, attitudes, and skills
•    Increased positive health behaviors and health outcomes
•    Improved education outcomes
•    Improved social outcomes
“ASCD is proud to announce the new Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model, providing an important framework to address the collaborative relationship between learning and health,” said ASCD Executive Director and CEO Dr. Gene R. Carter. “We look forward to continued work with the CDC on further development and implementation of this model as we seek to improve outcomes for each student, in each school, and in each community across our country.”
The model focuses attention on the child, emphasizing a school wide approach and acknowledging learning, health, and the school as a part and reflection of the local community. Because schools have contact with 95 percent of U.S. children ages 5–17, they are the primary institution responsible for childhood development after families.
A whole child approach, which ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, sets the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement and provides for long-term student success. The new WSCC model responds to the call for greater alignment, integration, and collaboration between education and health to improve each child’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development.
Whereas the traditional coordinated school health model contained 8 components, the WSCC contains 10, expanding Health and Safe School Environment and Family/Community Involvement into 4 distinct components:
•    Social and Emotional Climate
•    Physical Environment
•    Family Engagement
•    Community Involvement
Watch the video below to learn more about the model:

“Schools, health agencies, parents, and communities share a common goal of supporting the health and academic achievement of children and adolescents,” said Director of CDC’s Division of Population Health Wayne H. Giles. “Research shows that the health of students is linked to their academic achievement, so by working together, we can ensure that young people are healthier and ready to learn.”
The CDC will be integrating this new model into its school health initiatives, placing ASCD’s whole child framework at the center of health and education alignment in school settings. For more information about the CDC’s school health initiatives, visit www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth.
Click here to read a white paper on the new approach. To learn more about ASCD’s focus on integrating learning and health, visit www.ascd.org/learningandhealth.