Applications open November 1, 2021


Submitted applications are due January 11, 2022


Selections will be made in February 2022


Nominees will be notified in March 2022 to coincide with Whole Child Month in Illinois


Award winners are invited to the Social-Emotional Summit in July


Scroll to the bottom of the page to apply!




Congratulations to the 2020 IL ASCD Whole Child Award Winning Schools!


Healthy: James Avant Elementary School- East St.Louis School District 189


Safe and Engaged:  Aldridge Elementary School-Chicago Public Schools


Supported: Glenwood Academy


Challenged: Jane L. Westerhold Early Learning Center, Community Consolidated School District 62


Overall Winner: Bannockburn School District 106 


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.


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 January 11, 2022.  



Thank you very much for your submissions!


Brenda Mendoza 

ILASCD Co-leader of Whole Child Advocacy




Download Whole Child Materials from ASCD Here

ASCD US Whole Child Snapshot PDF

ASCD Whole Child Snapshot for Illinois PDF

Whole Child Snapshots Action Companion PDF

Whole Child Snapshots Next Steps: ASCD Policy Points PDF 

ASCD's Community Conversations PDF


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Use ASCD's School Improvement Tool:

Find MANY more resources on ASCD's Whole Child Webpages


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Sign up on to receive this biweekly free resource and stay up to date on policies and practices, data, strategies, and tools to help you ensure that each child in your community is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. In addition to this information from ASCD, IL ASCD presents a series of articles on the Whole Child in our IL ASCD Newsletter.