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Webinar | October 26, 2022

Whole Child Policy: Putting the Science of Learning and Development Into Practice

Co-Sponsored by AASA, The School Superintendents Association; Science of Learning & Development Alliance; and the Learning Policy Institute
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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.

In this webinar, experts discussed what whole child design looks like and what it means for broader systems change. Local education leaders provided lessons learned from their whole child design efforts and discussed how state policy can accelerate or impede these efforts.


  • Linda Darling-Hammond, President, Learning Policy Institute
  • Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Laura Hernández, Senior Researcher, Learning Policy Institute
  • Gerry House, Former President of the Institute for Student Achievement, Division of ETS (moderator)
  • Carolyne V. Quintana, Deputy Chancellor, Teaching and Learning, New York City Department of Education


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