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.

Zaharis School

Mesa, AZ

At Zaharis books are plentiful and reading is as natural as breathing, but scripted textbooks are set aside in favor of inquiry-based learning. That means students pose questions and carry out projects. This builds teamwork and motivation for learning.

Compass School

Westminster, VT

Compass School’s unusual model accommodates both independent and public school students for its sparsely populated rural communities in Vermont. The school is open admissions and this arrangement works well for them. Upon graduation, students enjoy a high level of college acceptance.

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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Vivian Gussin Paley

Discussions of play-based learning can be found in the works of Vivian Gussin Paley, notably in  books such as The Boy Who Would be a Helicopter and a Child’s Work: The Importance of Fantasy Play.

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Letters to a Young Teacher

Jonathan Kozol’s Letters to a Young Teacher contains a distillation of a lifetime’s work in education. It builds on the premise that the best teachers refuse to see their pupils as so many “pint-sized deficits or assets for America’s economy.”

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