The committee also will look at opening up an hour in the daily schedule for teacher collaboration and planning. Ideas for peer-observation coaching and college- and career-readiness pieces also will be looked at.
Student engagement is also a major tenant of Whole Child that will be addressed.
“What it comes back to is how do we help each child be healthy and safe and be engaged in our school? How do you get every student, each student in your building, to hook in?” he said.
Enerson said the school is looking at having an entirely new system in place by the 2014-15 school year.
“(It's) interesting and scary because we're going to do things a little differently than what we did in the past,” he said.
Through its participation in the network, the school receives support in implementing a whole child approach to education, an ASCD Institutional membership and attendance at ASCD’s 2013 Annual Conference and Exhibit Show in Chicago.
At Le Sueur-Henderson there are about 25 students per classroom and that will not change under the new model, nor will staffing.
As a public school, Le Sueur-Henderson still will be required to have students take standardized tests. The initiative doesn’t change the information taught to students, but rather the means of teaching it.
For more information about ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative, visit www.ascd.org/wholechild.