Whole Child Symposium

Virtual Panels Discuss Choice, Equity, and Change

Building on the conversation started at the earlier Whole Child Symposium Town Hall and Live events, last week's Virtual panel discussions went even further to identify what currently works in education, what we need in the future to be successful, and how this can be accomplished. Watch the archived sessions below and let us know how we can improve the symposium experience.


David Griffith, ASCD's director of Public Policy, moderated a discussion on the future of education as it relates to global education policy now and in the future, including the role of policy, equity, autonomy, and what we can learn from other countries. Panelists included

  • David Edwards (@daveswords), is the deputy general secretary at Education International, where he is responsible for their work in the areas of education policy, employment, and research.
  • Joyce Elliott (@xjelliott) is a former teacher and current member of the Arkansas Senate, representing the 31st District. She is chairman of several important committees, including the Whole Child–Whole Community Program, as well as the vice chair of the Senate Education Committee.
  • Paul Reville is the Francis Keppel Professor of Practice of Educational Policy and Administration at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and the former Massachusetts Secretary of Education.
  • Pasi Sahlberg (@pasi_sahlberg) is a Finnish educator and scholar, and a current visiting professor of practice at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.



Sean Slade, ASCD's director of Whole Child Programs, moderated a discussion on what's currently happening in schools and what's needed in the future to be successful, focusing on school-community connections, the influence of the principal, and accountability. Panelists included

  • Peter DeWitt (@PeterMDeWitt) is a former principal and is known for his work as a blogger, writer, editor, and visible learning trainer. His work focuses on creating inclusive school environments, teacher evaluations, and connected leadership.
  • Sharon Jacobs is a public school educator with more than 20 years of experience, and the founding principal of Washington Montessori School—the 2014 Vision in Action: ASCD Whole Child Award winner.
  • Elizabeth Partoyan (@epartoyan) is a senior fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment. Formally trained as an educational psychologist, she has been working for social justice in American public education and communities for more than 20 years.
  • James Stronge is a noted author, education consultant focusing on teacher and leader effectiveness, and the Heritage Professor of Education at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.



Sean Slade, ASCD's director of Whole Child Programs, moderated a discussion on what's currently working in the classroom, what strategies will be needed in the future to ensure success, choice and freedom in schools, and advocacy. Panelists included

  • Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers) is an educator, author, and speaker whose passions include literacy, learning, and the power of social media.
  • Beth Sanders (@MsSandersTHS) is a high school social studies teacher and connected educator in Birmingham, Ala. She is passionate about education reform, social justice, 21st century skills, purposeful technology integration, and genuine equity in education.
  • Jose Vilson (@TheJLV) is a math educator, writer, and activist in New York City. His publications include the book Teaching 2030: What We Must Do For Our Students and Public Schools... Now and In The Future, and his recently released first solo book, This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education.
  • Steven Weber (@curriculumblog) is a former classroom teacher, assistant principal, and department of education consultant in Arkansas and North Carolina, and is currentlyis the principal of Orange County Schools' Hillsborough Elementary School in North Carolina.



Kevin Scott, ASCD's director of constituent services, moderated a discussion between student teacher Rose Diauto and three students from ASCD's Vision in Action: The Whole Child Award winning schools about owning your education, choice, schools of and for the future, and what they need for their future. Panelists included

  • Jacki Ammons is an honor roll student at Oregon's Milwaukie High School—the 2013 Vision in Action: ASCD Whole Child Award winner. She has more than 150 community service hours and is the CEO of Pulse Media Productions, a student-run video production company at the high school. She is planning to study premed at the University of Oregon next year.
  • Rose Diauto (@MsDiauto) is currently a junior at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tenn., and serves as its ASCD Student Chapter president. She was inspired to become a secondary English teacher after experiencing a lack of rigor in her rural Arizona public high school.
  • Zahra Haq is a 12th grade student at Byrne Creek Secondary School in British Columbia, Canada—winner of the 2012 Vision in Action: The Whole Child Award. She is the vice president of the student government and copresident of the sustainability council and extremely passionate about environmental and global issues.
  • Amen Mesfin is a junior at Quest Early College High School in Houston, Tex.—winner of the 2011 Vision in Action: The Whole Child Award. She attributes the school staff with helping her accomplish her education goals and making her dreams of becoming a doctor a reality. By the time she graduates, she will have enough credits to earn her Associate Degree of Science.

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