Choose Your Tomorrow Today with the Inaugural Whole Child Symposium

This spring, ASCD has enjoyed presenting the inaugural Whole Child Symposium (WCS), and we’re excited to tell you more about the symposium’s theme and upcoming May events. Those of you who participated in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Whole Child Virtual Conferences won’t be surprised to hear that the symposium was designed to build upon the success of those discussions.

The symposium is themed “Choosing Your Tomorrow Today,” with ongoing discussions designed to uncover what ASCD and education leaders want for our children’s future and what is needed for their education today. The aim is to achieve a higher level of education conversation, expanding the global ASCD community role in education insight, analysis, and improvement.

The symposium actually began on March 16 with a town hall discussion at the ASCD 69th Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Los Angeles. Listen to the archived town hall conversation.

Building on that kickoff event, the symposium will continue with WCS Live in Washington, D.C., on May 8. WCS Live will take place in the Knight Studio at the Newseum and will feature a discussion with ASCD’s CEO and executive director Dr. Gene R. Carter and a panel of education experts.

WCS LiveThe inventive WCS Live format will feature two separate panel sessions sandwiched around a one-on-one interview with Dr. Carter conducted by education columnist Valerie Strauss of The Washington Post.

Sean Slade, ASCD director of Whole Child Programs, will moderate the WCS Live panel. The four panelists joining Dr. Carter are Yong Zhao (an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker who focuses on the implications of globalization and technology on education), Andy Hargreaves (the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College), Charles Haynes (director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum), and Karen Pittman (president and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment).

If you are unable to attend, you can participate online. The WCS Live panel discussion will be streamed live at, where viewers may follow along with the panel discussion and join in the dialogue on Twitter. You can participate in the discussion all spring by using the hashtag #WCSymposium2014. Also, the Whole Child Blog will feature ongoing discussion of the symposium topics throughout the spring.

Also, later in the spring, the WCS Virtual online event will continue the symposium on May 14 and 15. You will hear from panels of school leaders, policy experts, teachers, and students. Panelists will include Pasi Sahlberg, Peter Dewitt, James Stronge, Angela Maiers, Jose Vilson, and students from around the country.

Each of the four panels will answer the questions, “What currently works in education, what will we need in the future to be successful, and how can this be accomplished?” You can register for any (or all) of the following virtual events by clicking the session names below.

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Don’t forget to visit the Whole Child Symposium page throughout the spring for updated information on each of the symposium events. Also, be sure to join the online discussion by using the hashtag #WCSymposium2014!

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