Principal to Principal: Will You Forgive Me?
“To err is human; to forgive, divine.”—Alexander Pope
Before Oprah went off the air with her show, I always hoped that she would do one with educators who could invite their first class of students that they taught, now all grown up. This would provide an opportunity for teachers to relieve the guilt harbored for years and apologize to them. “I’m sorry, I didn’t know what I was doing! But, my heart and my passion with doing what I thought was right was sincere! Will you forgive me?”
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model
Judy Fridline, MiSCHA
There is movement in schools across Michigan to address the needs of students by implementing the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC ) model. Also known as the Whole Child model, students are at the center and the model emphasizes a school-wide approach, acknowledging that learning, health and the school are a part of the local community. The model emerged from a cross-sector collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ASCD that brought together leaders from education, health, and public health to strengthen and unify a collaborative approach to learning and health. The WSCC model was released in 2014, building and expanding on CDC’s Coordinated School Health (CSH) model and the five tenets of ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative to strengthen a unified and collaborative approach to learning and health.