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Ask Your Representative to Support the Whole Child

The federal Whole Child Resolution (H.Res.658) expresses the U.S. House of Representatives' support for a whole child approach to education and its recognition of the benefits of ensuring that students are challenged, supported, healthy, safe, and engaged. This resolution is an important step in promoting policies and decisions that support the whole child, and it needs your representative's support to move forward.

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The 2014 ASCD Legislative Agenda (PDF) outlines the association's policy priorities for the year.

Policy Points

ASCD's newest policy publication spotlights timely education policy issues of importance to all educators.

  • ASCD's Whole Child Snapshots (PDF): The current issue of Policy Points provides educators with a range of ideas for how they can use their Whole Child Snapshot to promote a whole child approach to education in their schools, districts, and states.

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Policy Priorities

ASCD's quarterly publication comprehensively analyzes critical education policy issues.

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Read about the latest education policy news and developments and find opportunities to take action Capitol Connection.

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Make a Difference

  • Whole Child Resolutions: The Rhode Island General Assembly passed a joint resolution (PDF) supporting a whole child approach to education. See follow-up ideas for how Rhode Island educators can build on this work, and watch ASCD's webinar about how to get a Whole Child Resolution introduced by your own state policymakers.
  • Whole Child Recognition: Arkansas Governor Michael Beebe signed a new bill into law that promotes a whole child approach to educating the state’s children. The legislation (PDF) establishes a Whole Child Whole Community recognition program and aims to measure the comprehensive well-being of children and how well stakeholders are meeting their needs.
  • Teacher evaluation: Read ASCD’s letter (PDF) about teacher evaluations and accompanying Policy Points (PDF) to the chairman of the House K–12 education subcommittee.
  • ESEA waivers: Read ASCD's letter to the Senate HELP Committee about why waivers are not an adequate substitute for ESEA reauthorization.
  • Civic learning: See ASCD's recommendations (PDF) for the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Race to the Top District Grants: Read ASCD's letter (PDF) to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offering recommendations for priorities, criteria, and definitions for the proposed grants.
  • Preparing students for lifelong success: View the College, Career, and Citizenship Readiness Coalition's consensus statement and policy recommendations.


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Is It Good for the Kids?

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