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Promoting Health and Academic Success

Promoting Health and Academic Success

The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach

$77.95 CAD


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    There is increasing evidence that health and academic success go hand in hand. Now educators and health professionals have a new model—the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) approach—to use in promoting health and learning in the schools. This new approach, developed by leaders in education and health, is a transition from the coordinated school health (CSH) model that was introduced in 1987.

    Promoting Health and Academic Success is a new resource for the transition from CSH to WSCC. Written by national leaders in education and school health, some of whom were involved in the development of WSCC, this book provides direction for education and school health professionals interested in promoting student health. It is valuable for individuals and groups interested in advocating for WSCC and for those engaged in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of this new approach.

    The book also is a resource for both undergraduate and graduate students in courses that address a coordinated approach to school health. Each chapter includes application activities that engage students in translating their learning in the context of WSCC simulations. In addition, the School Health in Action feature provides case studies that demonstrate the impact school health programs are having in schools across the United States.

    Applicable to both students and professionals, Promoting Health and Academic Success includes an appendix that presents a thorough guide to using school health assessment tools created by organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the National Association of State Boards of Education. Following is a partial listing of the tools:

    • The School Health Index helps schools improve health and safety policies.

    • The State Schools Health Policy Database facilitates sharing of policies across states.

    • The Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool encourages children to adopt and maintain health-enhancing behaviors.

    • The Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool assists schools in analyzing their curricula and comparing it to national physical education standards.

    • A Parent Engagement tool shares strategies for involving parents in school health.

    The book is presented in five parts. Part I unveils the new WSCC model, explains its components, and provides a historical overview of coordinated school health. Part II offers insights into the Whole Child initiative and examines the evidence linking health and academic success. Part III explores the crucial role of school administration in ensuring success, ways to meet the diverse needs of students and their families, and methods for getting the community involved. Part IV delves into planning, implementation, and evaluation aspects of WSCC. Part V looks to the future for WSCC and provides perspectives from the field. The appendix supplies the assessment instruments and tools.


    Education and health professionals interested in advocacy, planning, implementation, and evaluation of school health programs. Faculty in professional preparation programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels who teach courses that address WSCC.

    Part I: Moving From Coordinated School Health to the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach

    Chapter 1 Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child: A New Model for Health and Academic Success

    David A. Birch and Donna M. Videto

    Evolution of School Health Models

    Creation of WSCC


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 2 Historical Overview of Coordinated School Health

    Diane DeMuth Allensworth

    First Stage of Health Promotion: Addressing Infectious Diseases

    Second Stage of Health Promotion: Addressing Individual Behaviors

    Third Stage of Health Promotion: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health

    Barriers to Universal Adoption of CSH

    Next Evolution for School Health


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 3 Components of the WSCC Model

    David A. Birch, Qshequilla Mitchell, and Hannah M. Priest

    Health Education

    Parent and Family Engagement

    Physical Environment

    Social and Emotional Climate

    Physical Education and Physical Activity

    Counseling, Psychological, and Social Services

    Health Services

    Nutrition Environment and Services

    Employee Wellness


    Learning Aids

    Part II: Putting the Focus on the Child

    Chapter 4 The Whole Child Initiative

    Sean Slade

    Whole Child Tenets

    Links Between Health and Education

    “Healthy” as a Key Tenet of the Whole Child Initiative

    Gaining Support for the Whole Child Initiative

    Nine Levers for Cultural Change


    Relevance for Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 5 Linking Health and Academic Success

    Michele Wallen

    Health and Education in Early Childhood

    Health-Risk Behaviors and Academic Achievement

    Making a Difference Through the WSCC Approach


    Learning Aids

    Part III: Building Partnerships and Support

    Chapter 6 Role of School Administration

    Jeremy Lyon

    Need for School Health Promotion

    School Administrators as Advocates for WSCC

    Embracing the Leadership Role in WSCC

    Promoting Change

    Schools as Centers for Employee Wellness

    Identifying Health Champions

    Identifying a Leader

    Moving Forward


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 7 Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students, Families, and Communities

    Angelia M. Paschal

    Diverse Students and School Connectedness

    Diverse Family Involvement

    Diverse Community Engagement

    Cultural Competence Strategies

    Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Approach


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 8 Community Involvement

    Bonni C. Hodges and Lisa Angermeier

    Need for School–Community Collaborations

    Stages of Collaboration

    Barriers to Collaboration

    Characteristics of Effective School–Community Collaborations


    Learning Aids

    Part IV: Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

    Chapter 9 Planning for WSCC

    Bonni C. Hodges and Donna M. Videto

    Need for Systematic Planning

    Creating a Comprehensive Profile

    Actions for Collecting Profile Data

    Implications for WSCC


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 10 Implementing WSCC

    Donna M. Videto and David A. Birch

    1. Secure and Maintain Administrative Support and Commitment

    2. Establish a District Health Council and School Teams

    3. Identify a School Health Coordinator

    4. Set Goals and Objectives and Then Develop a Plan

    5. Implement the Plan and Strategies

    ASCD and CDC Combined Strategies 5, 6, and 7


    Learning Aids

    Chapter 11 Evaluating WSCC

    Robert Valois

    Rationale for Program Evaluation

    Planning for Program Evaluation

    Developing an Evaluation Plan: CDC’s Framework for Program Evaluation

    Internal or External Program Evaluation

    Types of Evaluation

    Quantitative and Qualitative Data Collection


    Learning Aids

    Part V: The Path Forward

    Chapter 12 Building on the Past and Moving Into the Future

    Sean Slade

    CSH Success

    Focus on Standardized Testing

    Beyond Cooperation: Alignment and Integration

    Healthy Learning Environment

    Responding to Trends in Education

    ASCD and CDC

    What’s in It for Education?

    What’s in It for Health?


    Chapter 13 Perspectives From the Field

    Sharon Murray

    Karen Cottrell

    Richard A. Lyons

    Barb McDowell

    Vanessa Booth

    Rochelle Davis

    Beth H. Chaney

    Linda Morse

    Denise M. Seabert

    Deborah A. Fortune

    Jill Deuink Pace

    Laurence Spring

    Caroline Eberle

    Sharon Murray

    David A. Birch, PhD, MCHES, is professor and chair of the department of health science at the University of Alabama. He is president-elect of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and is past president of the American Association for Health Education (AAHE). He has served on the board of directors of AAHE, the American School Health Association (ASHA), and the National Association of Health Education Centers (NAHEC) and on the board of trustees of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). Dr. Birch is cochair of the National Implementation Task Force for Accreditation in Health Education, a member of the Governing Council of the American Public Health Association, and a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for the Advancement for Health Education. He is chair of the editorial board of the Journal of School Health and a member of the editorial boards of Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the American Journal of Health Studies. Dr. Birch is a charter fellow of AAHE and a fellow of ASHA. He has received the Eta Sigma Gamma Honor Award (2015), the SOPHE Presidential Citation (2012), the ASHA Outstanding Researcher Award (2010), AAHE Professional Service Award (2008), the AAHE Presidential Citation (2008, 2012, and 2013), and the ASHA Distinguished Service Award (1996). He was the 2008 Ann E. Nolte Scholar in Health Education at Illinois State University and a 2000 Robert D. Russell Scholar at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. As a faculty member at Indiana University, Dr. Birch received the Trustee’s Teaching Award and the Teaching Excellence Recognition Award. His research interests include professional preparation, professional leadership, and the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.

    Donna M. Videto, PhD, MCHES, is a professor of health at SUNY College at Cortland. She is a national leader in school health and has published articles on health education in several journals, written chapters in four books, and coauthored a book on assessment in health education. She has also made numerous presentations across the United States on health education and was given the 2012 New York AHPERD Amazing People Award for outstanding contributions and commitment to professional excellence. She became an American Association for Health Education fellow in 2012, and she has received several awards for her teaching. Videto is a member of the American School Health Association and the Society for Public Health Education.