Russell Middle School Showcased by ASCD Whole Child Initiative

A whole child approach to education ensures that each child, in each school and in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

ASCD released today a new national resource highlighting top performing schools embracing Whole Child approaches to support student learning.

ASCD ‘s Whole Child Initiative is centered around the belief that each child, in every school and community deserves to be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.  The demands of the 21st century require a new approach to education and students’ comprehensive needs must be met in order to ensure that our youth are fully prepared for college, career, and citizenship.

Russell Middle School, a Colorado School to Watch, is one of the schools highlighted by in this new resource.

Setting the stage for student engagement, performance, and growth is what Charles M. Russell Middle School of the Performing Arts and Sciences in Colorado Springs, Colo., is all about! Through the integration of Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), Response to Intervention (RTI), and character education, the school has escalated the growth and achievement of its students as it incorporates academic practices with global and cultural awareness and helps to instill a moral compass within each student. Designated as a Colorado School of Character for the past two years as well as a School to Watch® by whole child partner the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform, it’s clear that Russell Middle School truly values creating an invaluable experience at school for its students.

Visitors to the Whole Child resource have opportunities to access a national map of schools educators can resource for support. The ASCD interactive map will serve as a hub for users across the globe to find people, schools, and communities exhibiting whole child practices by clicking on a geographical location and finding examples nearby.

We’d like to give a great shout out to Russell for the amazing things they do for kids!  And, hope that educators and Colorado and beyond find this tool a great resource.

You can follow the Whole Child initiative on Twitter.


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