ASCD’s Whole Child Snapshots highlight how well each state is meeting the comprehensive needs of its children by featuring data that depict a fuller, more nuanced picture of child performance than test scores alone. The snapshots are meant to be powerful tools to help educators promote a more student-centered approach to learning and well-being in their communities.
To help meet this goal, we’ve recently compiled 12 ideas for how educators can use their state’s Whole Child Snapshot to inspire community support for the whole child. The action steps span varying levels of time and commitment and provide recommendations for communicating about the importance of a whole child approach; implementing the whole child approach in schools, districts, and communities; and advocating for decisions and policies that address children’s comprehensive needs.
- Share your state’s whole child snapshot with parents. Feature it on school or district websites, blogs, social networking channels like Facebook and Twitter, and newsletters. Present it to your local parent teacher association and other parent groups.
- Identify school- or district-level data that align with the snapshot’s state-level data to compare your local performance to that of the state.
- Use the snapshot to build the case for a state or local resolution that affirms support for a whole child approach to education.
We hope these ideas help educators in all roles—from classroom teachers to superintendents—become leaders in encouraging a broader perspective of learning and development and ensuring that each and every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.