Whole Child Education

Whole Child education is a return to the concept that each child is unique and special, with unlimited potential.

Education once meant getting your hands dirty in activities like gardening, engaging in real problems, and collaborating on projects that benefited the community. Knowledge was assessed not just by testing, but rather by evaluating the unique talents and activities children immersed themselves in. Teachers honored each child as an individual, serving as mentors with care and compassion, and focused on giving each child what he or she most needed.

Whole Child Challenge pushes the concept further.


As renowned educator Sir Ken Robinson reminds us, we the adults are “gardeners,” and it’s up to us to create the conditions for each child to flourish.

Here you will find a repository of Whole Child resources and ideas to help cultivate a growing community of gardeners:

  • Book spotlights

  • Examples of Whole Child education in action

  • A place to ask questions and spark conversations

  • A platform to share stories of hope and success  

We place this challenge in each of our hands. As Americans, it’s up to us to provide a new path for our children and, in so doing, ensure a vibrant future for our democracy.

Will you join us?


View the trailer below for Jonathan P. Raymond's new book, 
Wildflowers: A School Superintendent's Challenge to America


About Wildflowers


Wildflowers: A School Superintendent’s Challenge to America, calls upon all of us – parents, educators, policy makers, and taxpayers – to rethink our assumptions about what matters most in our public schools. Recounting his tumultuous tenure as school superintendent in Sacramento, CA, Jonathan P. Raymond challenges America to place children at the center of every policy, every debate, and every decision made about K-12 education, allowing us to witness the transformation that blooms when students have a voice, and teachers are freed to teach the head, the heart, and the hands.

Get your copy of Wildflowers here.