The Whole Child approach to education means that “each child, in each school, in each community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged.  This approach applies to learning, teaching, and community engagement.

You might think that the Ohio educational system obviously focuses on the whole child, and in many respects that assumption is shared by many teachers, principals, school administrators and policy makers.

But many people influencing education policy today believe that economic, entrepreneurial and market principles should drive education reform, rather than starting with what’s best for the whole child and what will serve him or her for lifelong success and learning.

Concern for the Whole Child means ensuring a child’s safety and physical and emotional health. It means the child is connected and engaged both in the school and the broader  community. It means each child receives the support of caring adults and qualified education professionals. This well-rounded approach for the Whole Child has become essential for preparing students for further study and meaningful work and careers.

See the ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)Whole Child initiative to learn more about this approach from some of its strongest advocates.