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July 2006 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development All Together Now Sharing Responsibility for the Whole Child by Martin Blank and Amy Berg Coalition for Community Schools at the Institute for Educational Leadership Washington D C For the Commission on the Whole Child convened by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development All Together Now Blank Berg About the Commission on the Whole Child The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development ASCD commissioned All Together Now Sharing Responsibility for the Whole Child by Martin Blank and Amy Berg as a resource document for the Commission on the Whole Child which held its final meeting July 6 8 2006 in Washington D C The Commission convened by ASCD is composed of a group of leading thinkers researchers and practitioners from a wide variety of sectors to recast the current focus of schools Why has ASCD convened the Commission on the Whole Child Parents teachers and the community believe schools should focus on developing students who are academically proficient and physically and emotionally healthy and respectful responsible and caring They want graduates who contribute to the community and the world and are productive at work at home and at leisure The public believes schools should develop the entire child not just the academic child And they want this for each child not just for already advantaged children If stakeholders believe schools are responsible for developing the whole child what needs to change If decisions about programs started with What works for the child how would resources time space and human be arrayed to ensure each child s success What would happen if community resources were arrayed in support of children reaching their potential as whole young adults If the student were truly at the center of the system what could be achieved The paper is designed to help the Commission address these questions and others by providing a compelling overview of the complexity



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