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School health leaders can strengthen the infrastructure of the school by:
- Using the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model
- Integrating components of WSCC with social and emotional learning
- Growing community partnerships with schools
Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child
The WSSC model provides an approach to learning and health that considers the needs of all children as the central focus of education.
Fact sheet: Creating School and Community Partnerships
Community engagement happens when schools and communities work together to create solutions.
The key is engaging community perspectives from people with diverse backgrounds and identities, including a variety of racial and ethnic identities, nationalities, languages, religions, genders, sexual orientations, abilities and socioeconomic statuses.
Fact sheet: Creating Healthy and Equitable Schools
In equitable schools, school leaders ensure that students receive what they need to develop to their full potential.
School leaders are called to be creative and are asked to use an equity framework for students of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, cultures and languages, religion, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, ages and socioeconomic statuses to be healthy, to learn and thrive.
Fact sheet: Using Youth Voice to Promote Healthy Schools
Schools implementing the WSCC model should engage youth as full partners in making the model a reality.
Youth are the experts of their own experiences and are essential to making decisions about wellness policy, planning, and programs that work.
Download Health Promotion Practice Special School Health collection to learn about key areas – professional development and pre-service training, quality assurance, health literacy, and large-scale implementation in schools.
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Related ResourcesPolicy brief on health education in the Every Student Succeeds Act
This policy brief examines the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the nation’s primary federal K-12 education statute, and explores avenues to advocate for health education curricula in the U.S. school systems.