Strengthening School Administrator Support for Coordinated School Health
Coordinated School Health invests in the Whole Child; establishing that healthy behaviors during childhood is easier and more effective than trying to change unhealthy behaviors in adulthood.
Schools play a critical role in promoting the health and safety of youth and helping them establish lifelong healthy behavior patterns, facilitating academic success.
The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model
At A Glance
Since 2011, AASA has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build support among school administrators for Coordinated School Health. We have trained more than 30 superintendents, school administrators and school board members to be members of a School Administrator Training Cadre. In this five year project (2011-2016), our goals include the following:
Increasing the number of:
- School administrators who promote a coordinated approach to school health at the national, state, and local levels.
- School districts and districts that have a group (i.e. school health team or council) that is actively engaged in guiding the development and implementation of health related policies and activities.
- School districts that have written school improvement plans that include health related goals and objectives.
- Education administration programs in higher education that include instruction on a coordinated approach to students' health.
Healthy students are better learners
When school districts invest in the health of their students, they contribute to future, vibrant communities. To have a positive impact on the health outcomes of young people, government agencies, community organizations, schools, and other community members must work together through a collaborative and comprehensive approach: Coordinated School Health (CSH).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) expanded on CSH and developed the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model in collaboration with key leaders from the fields of health, public health, education, and school health.
The School Administrator Training Cadre
Since 2011, AASA has trained more than 30 superintendents, school administrators, and school members to be part of the School Administrator Training Cadre. Learn more.
Visit our Resource Library for resources such as websites and reports on Coordinated School Health.
Kayla Jackson, Project Director, Coordinated School Health