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Webinar | January 18, 2023

Whole Child Policy: Transforming Learning Environments

Co-Sponsored by AASA, The School Superintendents Association; Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning; Science of Learning & Development Alliance; and the Learning Policy Institute
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January 18, 2023
3 – 4 p.m. ET

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 took a deep dive into actions states can take to transform learning environments based on the science of learning and development, including creating safe and inclusive, relationship-centered classrooms and schools. Experts and state leaders discussed these and other essential approaches to creating whole child environments, such as adopting restorative practices and building integrated student support systems. They also shared lessons learned.


  • Pamela Cantor, Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Turnaround for Children
  • Teri Lawler, Education Associate, Delaware Department of Education
  • Lakeisha Steele, Vice President of Policy, CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)
  • Gwen Perea Warniment, Director, Legislative Education Study Committee, New Mexico Legislature