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Webinar | March 1, 2023

Whole Child Policy: Building Adult Capacity and Expertise

Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute and co-sponsored by AASA, The School Superintendents Association; EdPrepLab, a project of Learning Policy Institute and Bank Street Graduate School of Education; National Association of State Boards of Education; National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification; National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; and the Science of Learning & Development Alliance

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The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this video belong solely to the speakers, and do not necessarily reflect the perspective of the Learning Policy Institute.

March 1, 2023

Transforming learning environments to support whole child approaches to education is essential to meeting the full scope of students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and to prepare them to succeed in our global economy. Shifting towards a whole child approach has far-reaching implications for our education system and requires practice and policy approaches informed by the science of learning and development. This webinar series explores the various elements of whole child policy featured in the Whole Child Policy Toolkit and shares insights from state and district policymakers who have engaged in efforts to shift toward whole child education.

Building adult capacity and expertise for whole child design is a key part of developing effective whole child learning systems. Among the elements of capacity building explored in this webinar were: approaches to building strong teacher preparation systems, providing high-quality mentoring and induction programs and professional development, and supporting staff well-being.


  • Seth Gerson, Program Director, National Governors Association
  • Maria Hyler, Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute; Director, EdPrepLab
  • Joan B. Johnson, Assistant Superintendent of Teacher Education and Licensure, Virginia Department of Education
  • Pender Makin, Commissioner of Education, State of Maine
  • Patricia M. Virella, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University
  • Marjorie Wechsler, Principal Research Manager, Learning Policy Institute



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