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.

City Neighbors

Baltimore, MD

The learning environment in City Neighbors schools deserves special recognition because it has been achieved despite formidable challenges, especially entrenched poverty, and lack of funding for innovative educational programs and practices.

Four Rivers School

Greenfield, MA

Four Rivers enrolls students in grades eight through twelve. The Expeditionary Learning model in this charter means that activities extend far beyond the classroom, involve projects, and promote character growth, teamwork, and active learning. On state tests students score above sending schools.

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.

Teaching Children to Care

Many practical suggestions for social and emotional development can be found in Teaching Children to Care, revised edition. Author Ruth Sidney Charney was co-founder of the Center for Responsive Schools.

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Play in the Preschool Classroom

Ashiabi’s 2007 article, “Play in the Preschool Classroom: It’s Socioemotional Significance and the Teacher’s Role in Play” (Early Childhood Education Journal, Vol. 35, No.2) provides a detailed description of the benefits of play in early childhood education. 

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Educating for Human Greatness

Stoddard dares to propose we teach as if we could make a difference in areas like integrity, initiative, and imagination. Subjects like reading, writing, and math are taught, but as tools to help grow the qualities of human greatness.

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