Ohio's Whole Child Network

Learn. Share. Support.

The Ohio Department of Education has created a diverse network of educators, school personnel, child- and family-serving organizations and families who support children from early childhood to grade 12 and represent Ohio’s diverse communities. Ohio’s Whole Child Network is a virtual platform where districts, schools, community partners and families can learn from each other, share successes and best practices, and support each other in ensuring each child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Together, the network will inspire Ohio schools and communities to create supportive and caring environments for children to learn, thrive and achieve their greatest potential.

Whole Child Network members:
  • Participate in webinars to learn how to implement Ohio’s Whole Child Framework from colleagues who are leading this critical work in Ohio;
  • Receive a quarterly newsletter highlighting whole child policy, funding, programming, state and national best practices and resources;
  • Gain the opportunity to participate in a community of practice with peers and work together to address a problem of practice.

Districts, schools and child- and family-serving agencies and organizations are learning from colleagues across the state and nationally how to create and integrate whole child policies and practices within existing school improvement systems and enhance community partnerships to increase whole child supports and resources. Share your expertise and stories, learn with colleagues across the state and help Ohio schools support the whole child.

WHO IS participating in the Network?

The Department would like diverse representation including the following professionals:
  • District and school administrators;
  • Early childhood through grade 12 teachers and paraprofessionals;
  • School student support staff, such as counselors, social workers, psychologists and related services, food service, and transportation and safety personnel;
  • Representatives from state and local agencies and organizations serving educators, children and families;
  • Families and caregivers of early childhood through grade 12 children;
  • Participants from urban, suburban and rural schools and communities;
  • Participants from culturally and economically diverse schools and communities.

Webinars and Best practices from the field

Dr. Bobbi Fiori, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Special Services at Beavercreek City Schools shares the development of their districts action plan for implementation of the Whole Child Framework at Beavercreek City Schools. Dr. Fiori discusses team development, needs assessment, data to determine target areas, goal setting, and sustainability of whole child initiatives. Jonathan Burras, Director of Special Education, and Dahni Reynolds, District Board Certified Behavior Analyst from Mansfield City Schools, share their district's whole child approach to education. They discuss how the district used the Ohio Improvement Process and the One Needs Assessment to analyze district data. Mansfield City Schools uses data to identify areas of need and direct implementation of a whole child multi-tiered system of supports.
April 18: So How Do We Do This? Real world examples to serve the whole child!
Featured School: Wickliffe City School District
Wickliffe City School District discusses how they meet the needs of the whole child through the implementation of their Family Resource Center. Joe Spiccia, superintendent, explains the importance of creating the center, how the district got started, what challenges the district discovered and how the district overcame them. Participants take a virtual tour of the Family Resource Center and learn about the services provided to students and families: healthcare services, workforce development services and services to support the entire family.
Lindy Douglas, superintendent from Alexander Local Schools in Athens County, discusses staffing and partner agencies that are dedicated to meeting the needs of the whole child. Superintendent Douglas shares the impact that whole child implementation has had on Alexander Local School District and reflects on whole child initiatives and adjustments in services to meet student needs.


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