Healthy School Communities

Health and Learning News and Updates


Empowerment, Respect, and Health: In the latest Huffington Post article by ASCD Healthy School Communities Director Sean Slade, he writes about an example of whole child education at Manzanita SEED Elementary in Oakland, Calif. Read more to learn about the practices and results that led to this school winning the California 2010 National Title I Distinguished School Award.

Relationships Key to Strong School Culture: Boosterthon Fun Run blogger Robert Walker interviews Sean Slade about what it takes to engage students by reinforcing a strong, dynamic school culture. Read the interview.

Evaluating School Climate: Healthy School Communities participated in last week's No Name-Calling Week by contributing a blog post focusing on using the Healthy School Report Card's characteristic on social and emotional climate to evaluate school policies and practices that may address issues such as bullying and name-calling. All Healthy School Communities are encouraged to comment and share experiences both on the blog and on ASCD EDge.


Health Education Resources for Youth: The Adolescent Health Working Group has published an online series of health education handouts that discuss issues such as basic adolescent health care, behavioral health, body basics, and sexual health. All handouts are available for free download and in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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Seeking Input from Teachers and Students about Type 2 Diabetes: BSCS, a science education nonprofit organization, is looking for input from teachers and students to help develop a curriculum on type 2 diabetes for schools. Share your thoughts in their survey.

Webinar on How to Promote a Learning-Receptive Emotional State: The "Ask Dr. Judy" series returns on February 2 at 3 p.m. ET, with a free webinar on promoting a learning-receptive emotional state. Join neurologist-turned-teacher Judy Willis for a one-hour session on practices conducive to student learning and interventions that effectively tackle common behavioral issues. Register now.

Schools, Families, Communities: What supports can schools provide to help maintain a healthy, safe environment for learning? How can schools encourage parents—including parents from minority and immigrant cultures—to take on meaningful roles in the school? How can we best guide parents to reinforce students' schoolwork at home? And how can schools make better use of the rich resources within their communities? ASCD Express is looking for short, 600- to 1,000-word essays on the theme "Schools, Families, Communities." Please e-mail your submissions to by February 8, 2011. Articles on innovations like full-service community schools; 24-hour schools; service learning; community-based projects; and partnerships among schools, local businesses, and universities are welcome.

EPA Announces Grant to Address Children's Environmental Health: The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Office of Children's Health Protection has announced a request for proposals for grant that address children's environmental health in underserved communities. The EPA intends to award approximately 15–20 awards that total approximately $1.5 million. Each award is not to exceed $100,000. The due date for initial proposals is February 18, 2011. Eligible submissions may come from U.S. states or state agencies; territories; city or township governments; county governments; the District of Columbia; federally recognized American Indian Tribes; possessions of the U.S; public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions; and 501(c)(3) organizations. Find out how to submit a proposal.

Critical Exposure—Through Your Lens: The 21st Century School Fund, Critical Exposure, and Healthy Schools Campaign are inviting students, teachers, and everyone within view of a school building to "show the world what you see every day at school." Contestants are invited to reveal an honest perspective of school facilities that include the good parts, the troubling parts, the things to be proud of, and the things to change. Contest launches February 1, 2011.

Healthy School Communities is a worldwide ASCD effort to promote the integration of health and learning and the benefits of school-community collaboration. It is part of a large, multiyear plan to shift public dialogue about education from a narrow, curriculum-centric and accountability system focus to a whole child approach that encompasses all factors required for successful student outcomes. Visit the Healthy School Communities group on ASCD EDge and share everything from ideas and solutions to common concerns.

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