Educate
the
Whole
Child

It’s time to let the wholeness of the child engage with the wholeness of the world.

WHAT IS

WHOLE CHILD EDUCATION

AND HOW DOES IT WORK?

To the extent that we narrow the purpose of schooling to what can be measured, we fail to
engage those sides of children that must be developed in order for them to pull learning
from life. We also increase the likelihood that
they will be bored, question the value of school,
and in some cases even drop out.

Instead of starting with the questions “How do we prepare kids to compete in the 21st century
global marketplace?” or “What will insure that graduates all have command of basic skills?”,
suppose we start by asking what qualities we want to encourage in children as they grow toward
adulthood.

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OUR

SCHOOLS

Escuela Manzo

Tucson, AZ

Manzo Elementary or Escuela Manzo sits in the Hollywood section of Tucson, and with its gardens and chickens serves as a food source and environmental inspiration for the community.

Graciela Garcia Elementary School

Pharr, TX

The site visitor commends Garcia School leadership, teachers, and the entire community of parents, students, and friends of the school for creating a learning environment that ensures that every student at the school can become bi-lingual and bi-cultural.

The Project School

Bloomington, IN

The Project School started with the founding educators’ collective dream to create an authentic, democratically-led school grounded in core beliefs and values of heart-mind-voice, which are infused into everything happening in the school.

OUR

RESOURCES

 

A WHOLE CHILD WORKSHOP AT AN IMPORTANT CONFERENCE

October 7-9 in Seattle the Progressive Education Network will hold its annual conference—

Transformative Education: Disruption, Innovation, and Regeneration in Our Learning Communities.

In describing this first in-person meeting since Covid, PEN states

Educators from all over the world will attend this celebratory event–energized to exchange the best teaching practices and converse in forums that speak to equity, inclusion, and justice. This event will be inspiring, informative, and energizing for attendees as we challenge one another to positively challenge social systems that are not serving our students, to innovate in our whole child pedagogy, and to regenerate ourselves and the communities we serve.

To learn more or register, go to https://progressiveeducationnetwork.org/event/pen-national-conference/

At the conference Elizabeth Lynch and Tom McGuire of the Educate the Whole Child leadership team will be excited to present a workshop–

Re-envisioning Schools for the Post Pandemic Future: Moving the Vision for Whole Child Education

This workshop highlights how progressive education/whole child principles come to life in whole child schools. Participants will explore ways these principles can be applied in their own schools. Shared responses will guide discussions, with opportunities for interaction and Q & A.

Whole Child Education

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) convened a Commission on the Whole Child in 2006. It subsequently issued an important report and has resources at its whole child website.

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Schools That Change Communities

In Schools That Change Communities, a film by Bob Gliner, we learn that in changing itself and at the same time its community, a school generates a dynamism that can supercharge learning.

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American Schools

An excellent exploration of democratic education is Sam Chaltain’s, American Schools: The Art of Creating a Democratic Learning Community (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2010).

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