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September 7, 2018

Supporting the Whole Child: Practice, Policy, and Measurement

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On September 7, 2018, Policy Analysis for California Education and the Learning Policy Institute hosted this event on how schools can be organized to support the whole child, which featured a series of panels with leading researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. Topics included:

  • A new framework on how to organize schools to support the whole child
  • Recent research on social-emotional (SEL) practices from the CORE districts
  • How measures of SEL and school culture/climate can support a whole child vision
  • The implications for schools, districts, and those that support them
  • State-level policies to support the whole child in California and approaches in other states


  • Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento)
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • Heather Hough, Executive Director, Policy Analysis for California Education
  • Jonathan Raymond, President, Stuart Foundation
  • Taylor Allbright, Research Associate, Center on Education Policy, Equity and Governance, USC Rossier School of Education
  • Kristen Brown, One System/Whole Child Integration Lead, California Department of Education
  • Dave Calhoun, Senior Associate, CORE Districts
  • Jessica Cardichon, Director of Federal Policy, Learning Policy Institute
  • Channa Cook-Harvey, Director of Social-Emotional Learning, Folsom Cordova Unified School District
  • Salomeh Ghorban, Community Schools Manager, Roosevelt Middle School, Oakland Unified School District
  • Thomas Hanson, Director, Health and Justice Program, WestEd
  • Suzanne Herko, Teacher, Gateway Middle School, San Francisco Unified School District
  • Taryn Ishida, Executive Director, Californians for Justice
  • Brent Malicote, Director, Prevention & Early Intervention, Sacramento County Office of Education
  • Yesenia Ramirez, Training Coordinator and Founding Parent, Parent Teacher Home Visits
  • Castle Redmond, Program Manager for Schools, The California Endowment
  • Susan Ward Roncalli, Social Emotional Learning Facilitator, Division of Instruction, Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Angélica Salazar, Director of Education Equity, Children’s Defense Fund California

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