Healthy School Communities

Health and Learning News and Updates


Massachusetts Districts Implement Anti-Bullying Efforts: Many Massachusetts school districts are rolling out anti-bullying plans that were due to the state by the end of 2010. The plans vary widely by district, with many aimed at specific age groups and some incorporating elements of outreach to parents. State reviews of the plans are expected to be finished today, and districts with more work to do will be notified.

Minnesota School Store Gets a Healthy-Food Makeover: A health teacher and school store supervisor at Spring Lake Park High School in Minnesota are swapping out junk food for healthier choices, such as fresh fruit, at the school store. They are using trial and error to determine what students like, but the goal is to offer products with 16 grams of sugar or less, as well as products with more protein and fiber.

ASCD Selects a Texas High School to Receive the 2011 Whole Child Vision in Action Award: Quest Early College High School in Humble, Tex., is the 2011 winner of ASCD's annual Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award. The Vision in Action award recognizes schools that have put whole child policies into practice, effectively bridging the gap between a shared vision and collective action. "Family," Quest's student advisory program, provides a safe place for all students to belong; the school's wellness program promotes both physical and social well-being; and its service learning and internship programs directly connect the school to the broader community. Download this month’s Whole Child Podcast—available March 28—to hear more about Quest’s programs.


Teen Addiction: Helping Parents Understand, Connect, and Navigate Services The Partnership at has developed a new, science-based resource called Time to Get Help that is intended to guide parents to appropriate resources that help them to prevent, intervene, and find treatment for drug and alcohol use by their children. This website also has an online community to provide answers and support to parents.

White House Convenes Its First-Ever Conference on Bullying Prevention: Last week, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed students, parents, and teachers to the White House for a conference on bullying prevention. Healthy School Communities' director Sean Slade attended the conference and will share his reactions and thoughts on the Whole Child Blog in the next few days. Conference participants discussed the effects of bullying and the work of students, parents, and teachers to prevent and address it. Read more about the conference and visit and its Facebook page for bullying prevention resources and research. Also view the Facebook video message from the president and first lady.

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AAHPERD's Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops Grant Program; The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) is accepting applications for its Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart grant program. The program's purpose is to enable organizations that have held a Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart event in the previous year to purchase equipment to improve their physical education opportunities for children, receive the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) quality Physical Education (PE) package, continue membership with AAHPERD, and attend the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition. Grant submissions for 2011–12 are due by October 14, 2011.

Natural High Contest: Students in grades 5–12 can apply by March 31, 2011, to win $250. Students can choose one of five methods to share "how a natural high keeps them drug free." Visit for more details.

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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