Iowa’s Price Laboratory School to Testify Before Senate HELP Committee on Supporting the Whole Child
Alexandria, VA (04/19/10) Clare Struck, guidance counselor at the University of Northern Iowa's Malcolm Price Laboratory School (PLS) in Cedar Falls, Iowa, will testify at the Thursday, April 22, Senate hearing on meeting the needs of the whole child.
The event is part of a series of hearings by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) focused on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Struck will discuss the challenges and benefits of providing students with a whole child education based on the firsthand experiences and successes of PLS educators. In particular, she will describe the programs and supports her school is using to improve both students academic achievement and their overall well-being.
After the hearing, Struck will participate in a conference call for members of the media with Bridgette Wagoner, director of PLS, and David Griffith, ASCD's director of public policy. The three will share highlights from the hearing and discuss how PLS is supporting the whole child and how national policymakers can assist schools and districts whole child efforts through federal legislation.
PLS is the winner of ASCD's first Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award, which recognizes schools that move beyond a narrow focus on academic achievement to take action for the whole child, creating learners who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. As the first Vision in Action winner, PLS is instrumental in helping show lawmakers the benefits of transforming our national education system from one that focuses almost exclusively on student test scores in reading and math to a more comprehensive, coordinated system that recognizes the many factors influencing learning.
A federal policymaker who already understands the benefits of a comprehensive approach to education is Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), chairman of the Senate HELP Committee, who received ASCD's Whole Child Leadership Award in 2006 for his work to create education policy that supports the whole child.