Podcast Whole Child Symposium

Town Hall Discussion: Bringing the Questions Together

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The decisions we make today—for our systems, our schools, and our classrooms—will affect what all of our tomorrows will look like tomorrow. This month ASCD launches its inaugural Whole Child Symposium—a conversation about the future of education comprising three events over eight weeks that includes not only some of the leading educators and thinkers, but also you and your voice.

On March 16 at ASCD's 69th Annual Conference & Exhibit Show in Los Angeles, Calif., ASCD's Sean Slade and a panel of education experts discussed our driving questions:

  • Choosing Your Tomorrow Today: What does this phrase mean to you? What do you think is most important? What word has the greatest impact, the greatest potential, and the greatest need?
  • The Future of Schooling: Where are we? Each idea sounds plausible and is probably in the midst of coming true somewhere in the world. Has it or is it coming true? Is the writing on the wall? What can or should we do?


Meet the Panelists

Steven AndersonASCD Emerging Leader and expert on the integration of technology and social media in learning.

Goof BuijsA senior consultant at the Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement (CBO) and manager of the Schools for Health in Europe network (SHE) in Utrecht, Netherlands, Goof Buijs (@GoofBuijs) is a networker, trainer, and expert in school health promotion.

Liz DwyerLiz Dwyer (@losangelista), recently the education editor at GOOD magazine, is a writer at TakePart in Los Angeles, Calif. She has more than 15 years' experience in education, including teaching in both Guangzhou, China, and Compton, Calif., and working for Teach For America in Los Angeles.

Thomas Hoerrgrit.

Didier JourdanDidier Jourdan is a professor at the University of Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He is the dean of the faculty of education in the School for Teaching and Education (ESPE) at Clermont-Auvergne. He is one of France's leading health promoters and health educators and is a member of the National High Council of Public Health.

Chris ThinnesAn independent school leader and public school parent, Chris Thinnes (@CurtisCFEE) is the head of the Upper Elementary School and academic dean at the Curtis School in Los Angeles, Calif., and founding director of its Center for the Future of Elementary Education. He is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools' advisory council on diversity, a member of the EdCamp Foundation's public relations committee, and a fellow of the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence.

Sara TruebridgeSara Truebridge (@saratruebridge) is an education consultant, author (Research Begins With Beliefs: Building on Student Strengths for Success in School), and researcher at the non-profit Educating the New Humanity. She has more than 20 years' classroom experience and serves as an education consultant on documentaries, including Race to Nowhere and Love Hate Love.

Sean SladeASCD Whole Child Initiative, which promotes the integration of health and learning in schools and the benefits of school–community collaborations.


Follow the conversation here on the blog, share your thoughts in the comments and by e-mail, and pose your questions on Twitter using the hashtag #WCSymposium2014.

Whole Child Symposium Town Hall

Learn more at www.ascd.org/wcsymposium.

Comments (2)

Dr. Dianne Koehn ecke

April 27, 2014

I’m concerned about the use of the term, “Whole Child.”  I fear it will be linked to the “whole language” terminology and use during the 90’s and into the 2000’s.  Why did you choose that name?  I understand that your term means something entirely different, which I wholeheartedly accept, but I almost didn’t even review the panel presentation or article because of that word.  At any rate, I guess it’s too late to change at this point and of course, it is important not just to teach reading, writing, and arithmetic, but compassion, empathy, trust, understanding, forgiveness, hope, and joy.

Ibrahim alharithi

June 3, 2014

I found this wib site use full for school leaders and educational supervisors and parents who are enteristed in developing their children in a better way.

Best regards

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