We Live in Ecosystems Not Factories

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We live in ecosystems not factories. We must educate in ecosystems not assembly lines. We’ve been saying this or words similar to this for a...

Whole Child for the Whole World: For Each Child and for the Common Good

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For the past decade, ASCD has unrelentingly advocated for a whole child approach to education, a more hopeful, humanistic vision of education that aims...

Community Partnerships Accelerate Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning

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More than 50 years ago, the distinguished education psychologist and author James P. Comer shook the education establishment by arguing that schools should expand...
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Creating the Culturally Diverse Classroom

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I’ll never forget the day that Leonardo, a high school student, asked the school photographer to “paint him white” when taking a picture of...
Through Unconditional Caring

Fostering Relationships Through Unconditional Caring

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For students to be successful in school they must know the adults caring for them truly care.  The article titled “The Power of Positive...

The Myth of Unmotivation

First, let’s get something straight. Everyone is motivated about something. You were motivated to check your phone countless times today. Kids will spend hours...

5 Reasons You Can’t Miss The Whole Child Symposium on Confronting Inequity

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While there are a multitude of reasons to come to any ASCD event, here are the five reasons you can’t miss ASCD’s Whole Child...

Every Child. Whatever It Takes.

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Butterfield Trail Middle School serves 663 students in grades 6 through 8 in Van Buren, Arkansas. The Whole Child approach and its tenets are...

Do You Care Enough to Save a Life?

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As a turnaround principal of a high school in Washington, D.C, I lost more students to violence than I ever would have imagined. After losing...

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