Using the science of learning and development to design practices that support the whole child
Whole-Child Design Blueprint
Educators are given the critical and challenging task of creating learning experiences that truly support each child and their holistic development. This process requires us to confront, dismantle and reimagine the systems of education we have inherited that do not yet equitably or effectively serve our students. We also know that this required redesign will only be successful if we leverage the expertise and experience of those closest to the challenge — our educators, leaders, students and communities together.
The Whole-Child Design Blueprint encourages all classrooms, schools and systems to:
- Start with a shared purpose and commitment to holistic development and equitable outcomes for all students that drives improvement goals and priorities
- Co-create a supportive school and classroom environment that is physically, emotionally, and identity safe, while creating a strong sense of community and belonging.
- Shift to developmental relationships – among teachers, students, leaders, and community – as the foundation.
- Set students up for success by facilitating rich learning experiences that integrate knowledge, skill and mindset development.
- Engage in transformational change together through shared leadership and ownership.
Unlike prescriptive models and curricula, Turnaround’s framework for school transformation is meant to be used as a visioning tool — supporting educators to look through the lens of whole-child development and take action toward the change they seek. The framework’s components and core practices are a way to think about, organize and integrate the non-negotiables for settings created with the science of learning and development in mind.
The application of this science-grounded, equity-driven framework can and should be unique for every school, taking into account its own assets and needs. The Toolbox provides ideas and resources to empower educators — teachers, leaders, student support staff, and more – to do this Whole-Child Design work in your own classroom, school, or district.
Click on any component below to start designing:
Capacity Building for Whole-Child Development
Staff Relationships and Collaboration
Expectations, Norms and Routines
Culturally Affirming and Sustaining Practices
Co-regulatory and Restorative Practices
Student Relationship Structures
Family, Caregiver and Community Partnerships
Intervention and Enrichment Structures
Learning Experiences in the ZPD
Supporting Student Agency
Cohesive School Vision