Ohio launches Whole Child Framework
Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Each Child, Our Future, calls for a whole child approach to education that goes beyond academics to ensure students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Ohio’s Whole Child Framework is a blueprint to meet students’ social-emotional, physical and safety needs, which are foundational to a child’s intellectual and social development and necessary for students to fully engage in learning and school.
The framework gives school leaders, educators and community partners a collaborative model to deliver wraparound services and supports that reach all students and include processes that enhance coordination of existing policy and practice, cultural competency, equity and inclusion and continuous improvement. Parents, families and caregivers are recognized as a child’s first teacher and the education community’s most trusted partners. Together, schools, families and communities can use Ohio’s Whole Child Framework to transform education and fulfill Ohio’s vision for all students to be challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become resilient, lifelong learners who contribute to society.
Listen to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Paolo DeMaria provide a short overview on the importance of the framework.
Check out the Whole Child Framework webpage on the Ohio Department of Education website to view the framework in more detail. To learn more about the framework from Ohio experts, including Paolo DeMaria, the superintendent of public instruction, save the date for the Whole Child Framework Live Virtual Webinar on Nov. 17. Be on the lookout for more information to come.
Contact the Office of Integrated Student Supports at WholeChild@education.ohio.gov or (614) 466-2945 with questions.