Evidence-Based Resources to Support the Whole Child

As schools and districts increase their alignment to Each Child Our Future, Ohio’s new strategic plan for education, we are seeing increased interest in improving educator practices and building level systems that support the whole child.

In fact, this week, ODE will release the first School Climate Grant in many years. This new grant offers elementary schools that serve K-3 students as much as $5,000 per school ($50,000 district max) to support PBIS and/or evidence- or research-based social and emotional learning initiatives. In addition, many schools and community-based organizations are currently preparing 21st Century Community Learning Center grant applications (due April 26), which must include evidence-based youth development strategies, such as social and emotional learning.

Read on to learn more about a few of our favorite curriculum ideas that support the whole child. Each Child Our Future addresses the whole child by describing four Learning Domains:

  • Foundational Knowledge & Skills (FKS) Literacy, numeracy and technology
  • Well Rounded Content (WRC) Social studies, sciences, languages, health, arts, physical education, etc.
  • Leadership and Reasoning (LR) Problem solving, design thinking, creativity, information analytics
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Self awareness and management, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision making

We firmly believe that for each child to thrive, learning experiences must integrate the Learning Domains, and so each of the resources in our list directly impact at least three Learning Domains. We used the abbreviations listed above to demonstrate the alignment for each resource or service.  

Curriculum Ideas for Expanded Learning

LiFEsports (WRC, LR, SEL)

LiFEsports (Learning in Fitness and Education through Sports) is a sports-based, positive youth development program developed at The Ohio State University for summer and afterschool programs serving youth ages 8-14. It can also be integrated within an elementary or middle level physical education program.  Curriculum and training fees start at $4,000 per year.

Inventionland Institute Innovation Curriculum  (FKS, WRC, LR, SEL)

Hands-on, personalized, project-based learning that teaches the real-world knowledge needed to succeed in the classroom and in life. Students experience real-world inventing, innovation and entrepreneurship as they bring their original ideas to life, while building a solid foundation of career-ready skills. Students learn to use observational skills, develop ideas, research ideas, design, make, package and present them. Students are taught how to create their own products and pitch them… think Shark Tank. Curriculum and training fees start at $5,000 per year. Grants for small and rural schools may help offset the costs (https://envisionedplus.com/2019/01/29/grant-watch-2019-kick-off-edition/).

Hummingbird and Finch Robotics Kits (FKS, WRC, LR)

Birdbrain Technologies, cultivates creativity and computational thinking by providing flexible and inspiring products: the Finch Robot and the Hummingbird Robotics Kit. Founded through the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, Birdbrain provides amazing interdisciplinary robotics kits supported by free, standards-aligned curriculum in subjects including English, ecology, math and music. Robotic kits average $99 each, but there are opportunities for grants and loan programs. Standards-aligned curriculum and professional learning are free. Also, check out their AWESOME K-12 Reading List with a variety of fiction and non-fiction books that inspire interest in computer science and innovation learning.

NASA Out of School Learning (NOSL) Curriculum and Design Challenges (FKS, WRC, LR)

NOSL curriculum modules include engineering design challenges, inquiry-based lessons and citizen science recommendations that align to Next Generation Science Standards. All curriculum is free and can be used across the K-12 continuum.  Also check out NOSL family activities. NASA provides free downloads of STEM activities designed to get the entire family engaged in learning.

Whole Child Focused Professional Learning Opportunities

If you are looking for professional learning that helps educators better support the whole child, consider these EnvisionEdPlus PD options.  Contact Tricia Moore (tricia@envisionedplus.com) or 614.357.4439 for more information.  

PBL Instructional Framework (FKS, WRC, LR, SEL)

The EnvisionEdPlus PBL Instructional Framework is uniquely positioned to support adult learners by improving professional skills to: use design thinking to challenge children to discover their world and love learning; create design challenges that embed social and emotional learning and 21st Century skill building within daily instruction so youth develop resilience skills; and implement Problem Based Learning as a strategy to engage students in mastering Ohio’s Learning Standards while solving real-world problems that will prepare them for success in high school and beyond.

Brain-Based Strategies to Support Trauma-Impacted Youth (WRC, LR, SEL)

In partnership with Still-Light Seminars, EnvisionEdPlus offers a variety of research-based trainings to help educators understand the adolescent brain and then design classroom instruction, positive behavior interventions and building level systems with the brain in mind.  The training menu also includes topics such as “Do”-Able Discipline, Choose Not to Lose, motivating at-risk youth, and understanding and dealing with youth depression.

Care Team Implementation (WRC, LR, SEL)

Care Teams are school-based, wraparound service teams that link schools, community and youth service providers, courts and health services to ‘wrap’ supports around the most at-risk students and their families. EnvisionEdPlus assists school and district leaders to a) build collaborative partnerships with support service providers; b) create protocols for case management, family engagement and data-sharing; c) align and strengthen multi-tiered systems of support; d) build collaboration skills among school staff and service providers; and e) use data to inform decision-making that improves individual student outcomes as well as school-wide indicators of success.

Advancing Districtwide Alignment to Ohio’s New Strategic Plan (FKS, WRC, LR, SEL)

Beginning with the end in mind, EnvisionEdPlus supports districts as they engage in community conversations to develop (or update) their Portrait of a Graduate, identifying the key knowledge, skills and habits essential for each student to thrive well beyond graduation. Following this process, our team can assist district and building leaders in re-envisioning operational systems so that preK-12 teaching and learning experiences align to the new vision.  

~Michele Timmons, EnvisionEdPlus President

(michele@envisionedplus.com 614.893.7341)

Our Courses

Image Course Description Price Created On Last Updated On categories_ID
Supporting Families (Level 1) Consider the differences between engaging and supporting eight types of parents or family members you might encounter. Reflect on your past experiences with each of those types. Create and implement an action plan to improve your support for families who need it. 0.00 2020/07/17 2022/03/24 6
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 1) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of STEAM integration (design thinking) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. Two “office hours” will be available to chat with the instructor and others enrolled in this course. 0.00 2021/01/09 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 1) The brain is constantly changing and molding in response to the environment. These changes impact student learning. This is especially true in terms of trauma. This training is designed to help participants learn what goes on in the brain and how they can set up a learning environment for each of the students in their class. 0.00 2021/01/30 2022/03/24 4
STEAMing Up Literacy (Level 2) The content in this course is designed to begin your understanding of Problem Based Learning(PBL) and apply this knowledge to your own classroom. You will have the opportunity to implement a mini lesson and receive feedback about your lesson. 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
High Quality Literacy Instruction (Level 1 & 2) Core content includes an overview of Ohio’s Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement, evidence-based literacy practices, and resources and tools for literacy instruction. Participants will create, implement and improve two classroom-based literacy strategies (in-person, blended or remote). 0.00 2021/02/23 2022/03/24 5
Supporting Families (Level 2) In Engaging Families Through Support - Level 1, you learned about eight types of parents/caregivers and reflected on your past experiences with each type, culminating in a plan to better engage specific types as partners in their children's education. During this 8-hour asynchronous course you will delve deeper in your understanding of the eight types of parents/caregivers by speaking with individual family members you work with, discovering what they need from you and your program, and implementing an action plan informed by the actual families you serve. Doing so will give you sustainable skills and strategies to build stronger family engagement year after year. 0.00 2021/03/07 2022/03/30 6
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 1) Differentiation is effective instruction that is responsive to the learner’s preferences, interests and their readiness. It could be explained as a framework for thinking about your teaching and your student’s learning. This course discusses differentiation as an effective teaching tool. Included are many resources and strategies to help meet the learning needs of each student. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies and resources to adapt lessons to meet the needs of each student in their classrooms. 0.00 2021/03/18 2022/03/24 5
Trauma Brain (Level 2) This course gives an advanced understanding of the brain. including differences between “active” and “relational” based brains, trauma-related behaviors, and strategies to reach and teach trauma-impacted students so that they can re-engage in learning. Participants will learn about the range of thinking that a brain does, explore how students fit into the range of thinking, and discover healthy ways of engaging the full range of thinking. 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 4
Differentiated & Engaged Instruction (Level 2) This 8-hour, self-paced course is facilitated by Laurie Trotter, an EnvisionEdPlus Instructional Specialist. The course explores advanced differentiation as an effective instructional method that is responsive to the learner’s preferences and interests. Create, implement, and improve a lesson plan to engage all learners. Participants will learn through various articles, videos, examples, strategies, and resources to be able to be proficient in starting to adapt lessons to meet all needs of students in their classroom. Prerequisite: Differentiated and Engaged Instruction (Bronze Badge). 0.00 2021/05/31 2022/03/24 5
Creativity Belongs in the Classroom (Level 1) Encourage lifelong learning, improve focus, reduce anxiety and enhance thinking in your classroom or program. Creativity is a learned and trained process for getting the most out of higher level thinking and problem solving of your students. Learn how to embed creativity easily into your lessons, using strategies that will help unlock your students ability to be innovative thinkers and problem solvers. This course is appropriate for anyone who works with youth and also satisfies the HQPD Gifted competencies of A, B, and D. 0.00 2022/01/14 2022/04/10 5

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