The 2022 Whole Child Award Application


***Whole Child School Award Winners 2022***


Overall Winners -

Woodland Elementary and

Fulton Jr. High

Healthy - Yorkville CUSD 115

Safe - Huntley District 158

Supported - James Avant Elementary

Engaged - Sacred Heart Schools

Challenged - Downers Grove South




As we continue our work in this area, the Advocacy and Influence Co-Chairs will direct our future efforts in promoting a balanced education for each child. This task force developed a program to recognize schools that model Whole Child concepts.


Please consider nominating your school for recognition as a Whole Child School that supports healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged students.


Benefits of this recognition:

  • Recognition as a Whole Child School within Illinois

  • Information about your school shared nationally on ASCD’s Whole Child What Works Map

  • Letters presented to your state senator and representative and published in local media

  • Staff recognition at the Illinois ASCD Annual Fall Conference on Learning


For information about what it means to focus on Whole Child education, see descriptions and rubrics. 


The ASCD Whole Child Award is an award designed to recognize schools that go above
and beyond to educate the whole child. We at ILASCD have created an award at the state level
to recognize schools that have developed a vision to encourage the growth of the whole child.
The whole child award recognizes these schools for not only educating the whole child but for
having had success in creating students who are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically
healthy, engaged in an inclusive learning environment, and are prepared to become lifelong
learners. This award recognizes those schools that have changed the focus from one of a narrow
academic vision to one that promotes the development of the whole child; healthy, safe, engaged,
supported, and challenged. We invite you to apply for ILASCD’s Whole Child Award.



Launched in 2007, ASCD's Whole Child Initiative is an effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of children. IL ASCD supports this premise In 2012, IL ASCD officers and members met with the Illinois Legislature to promote the national organization (ASCD) initiative on Whole Child Education.





The Illinois Legislature declared March to be “Whole Child Month.” Members of IL ASCD advocacy task force continue to keep the names of ASCD and IL ASCD in the minds of Illinois legislators as the go-to organization on learning. Organization members helped to promote the passage of the Whole Child Resolution in Illinois in both houses on March 9, 2012. As the years progress, our members continue to keep in touch with legislators and believe that we have had a say in helping to promote educational issues in our state. Copies of these resolutions can be found below:


Whole Child Senate Resolution SR 0545 

Whole Child House Resolution HR 0781 


An updated copy of the Whole Child Resolution (HR0196) passed the house in March, 2021.


ILASCD Whole Child Grading Rubric - Click here to learn more


Nominees need to indicate a plan that is feasible that includes their approaches to a whole child education through collaboration, coordination, and integration of services, and strategies to educate the Whole Child; healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Applications are due on February 10, 2023  



Thank you very much for your submissions!


Brenda Mendoza 

ILASCD Chair of Whole Child Advocacy


Ryan Nevius

ILASCD Executive Director 




 2023-2024 Application coming soon!








ILASCD Whole Child Grading Rubric - Click here to learn more


Learn More about ASCD's Whole Child  -Click here to learn more


ASCD Whole Child Improvement Tool - Click here to learn more


The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child - Click here to learn more about the Whole Child Model




Congratulations to the 2021 IL ASCD Whole Child Award Winning Schools!


Healthy: The Play Lab


Safe: Lansing School District 158


Engaged: Deerfield High School, Township High School District 113


Supported: Minooka Primary Center Minooka CCSD 201 & Timothy Christian Schools


Challenged: Heritage Middle School, Berwyn South School District 100



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