Education for Every Child: The Tacoma Whole Child Initiative

Wouldn’t it be great if every single child could succeed in school? What if every child could perform at grade level, regardless of their socio-economic background, ethnicity, or risk factors? Can it be done with education reform? That’s the vision of educators in the Tacoma Public School District (TPS) and researchers at the University of Washington, Tacoma who are rolling out an eight-year plan called the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative (TWCI).…

We Have Choices! Self-Management for School Success

Children need to learn math and reading so that they’re able to do well on tests. But are academic subjects the most important things for kids to learn in school? Recent research tells us that social skills may have a bigger effect on students’ long-term success in school and in life.…

School Spotlight: Turnaround Arts at the King School

Editor’s note: The President’s Committee’s Turnaround Arts initiative is a public-private partnership designed to help transform some the nation’s lowest performing schools through arts education. Only eight schools were chosen to receive the initiative, one of which is the King School in Northeast Portland, Oregon.

All Means ALL: The SWIFT Center and Inclusive Education

Last week several children at an elementary school in Mississippi playfully dubbed me “Miss Any Bag of Chips” for reasons I am not sure I can explain.  These creative and energetic children attend school in a state that ranks at the bottom of the Nation’s Report Card for reading and math proficiency (U.S.…