Whole Child Education
Whole Child education sees children as individuals, and teachers as their guides. Whole Child education embraces parents, families, and communities as critical partners in the learning journey. Whole Child education honors creativity, confidence, and collaboration: the very same qualities that will enable our children to succeed in the careers of the 21st century, and exercise the collective powers of citizenship.
Whole Child: Developing open head, heart and hands, ensuring that all children are safe, healthy, engaged, supported and challenged so that they are ready for success in life.
Family: Engaging and empowering families as partners with schools and the community in creating enriching learning environments and relationships, including at home.
School: Creating positive climate and culture across the school community, including all adults in all places with all students.
Community: Promoting seamless Whole Child experiences throughout the day, throughout the year, and throughout the community, intentionally including all the times and places where children live, learn, work and play.
Ecosystem: Embedding the Whole Child approach into policies and infrastructure that stretch across all the sectors and institutions that impact children’s well-being – school districts, higher education, health care, juvenile justice, child welfare, out of school time systems, affordable housing, workplaces, businesses, media.
School superintendent, foundation president, and life-long believer in putting children at the center of education, Jonathan Raymond spent over four years running the public schools in Sacramento, known as “America’s Most Diverse City.”
In his new book WILDFLOWERS: A School Superintendent’s Challenge to America, Jonathan shows us how and why we must set aside the endless ideological debates, and unite around Whole Child values for the sake of our children and our country’s future.
The book challenges every American — parents, teachers, policy makers, school administrators, and tax payers — to reject the false assumptions and toxic habits feeding our public school system today, and commit to a bold new path forward.