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Webinar | April 12, 2023

Whole Child Policy: Investing Resources Equitably and Efficiently

Hosted by the Learning Policy Institute and co-sponsored by AASA, The School Superintendents Association; National Conference of State Legislatures; and the Science of Learning & Development Alliance

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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 (SoLD). 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.

This webinar focused on the strategies and lessons learned from experts and state leaders who have taken on this work. Experts discussed actions states can take to ensure resources are invested equitably and efficiently for whole child design.


  • Renee Blahuta, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos, Washington State House of Representatives
  • Dan Thatcher, Senior Fellow, Education Finance Policy, National Conference of State Legislatures


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