Now is the time to pivot to educating the whole child
As the founder of Scaling Student Success, a new California partnership dedicated to educating the whole child, I cherish the lessons learned to date. As per my last blog post, the current circumstances have accentuated the need and urgency to educate the whole child. Each of the school districts participating in the Scaling Student Success Community of Practice has developed a Graduate Profile to more broadly define student success. They recognize that, while the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and the associated assessments build a necessary foundation for student success, the academic core, in and of itself, is not sufficient to holistically and equitably prepare all young people for future success. As a result, these districts are fully committed to operationalizing their Graduate Profiles, assuring that each and every student has an equitable chance to develop and demonstrate the competencies articulated in their respective Graduate Profiles.
Districts going down this path are paying attention to the real needs of young people as they face unpredictable futures. In a very real way, the current crisis has accelerated the shift toward educating the whole child. Hopefully it will become a higher priority in every community across the state, country, and world. That feels like a silver lining to those of us who believe the shift is in the best interest of our students, local communities, and broader society.