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Applying integrated, whole-child design to a school's tiered system of supports

To innovate means to make changes to something established.

To introduce new methods, ideas, and practices.

To do something in a new way or with a new lens.

And that is exactly what whole-child design aims to do. When we build with a new blueprint, one that is centered on the practices that breakdown inequitable systems and help all students thrive, here is what it can look like.

In this section, you will find examples of integrated, whole-child design applied to school systems and settings. These innovations happen when the developmental science and 13 core practices of the Whole-Child Design Blueprint meet real-world school contexts.

Check out our first school innovation below:

Tiered System of Supports

The purpose of a Tiered System of Supports is to provide a framework for an adaptive, responsive continuum of integrated supports for all students that are personalized and vary in level of intensity. This system is intended to address a student’s academic, physical, social, emotional and identity needs and remove barriers to learning and development, both in and outside the classroom. 


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