Creating Healthy Living and Learning Districts Matters

As the only mandatory and largest network of institutions in communities across the country, public school districts and their schools provide one of the few community platforms to address these learning, social and cultural issues

It’s not enough for us to review the data and and acknowledge how it reflects systemic failures. States and localities must also create ecosystems that make it more likely that all students will have an opportunity to learn. Each and every child deserves and needs positive, supportive, safe, challenging and equitable learning environments.

As the only mandatory and largest network of institutions in communities across the country, public school districts and their schools provide one of the few community platforms to address these learning, social and cultural issues — and collectively, the impact of poverty on each. Education is a public good and as such, the public education system is a valuable platform that can be used to create a healthy living and learning ecosystem where all students have an opportunity to learn and their families an opportunity to succeed.

To create healthy learning and living systems that meet the needs of the whole child, school-community partnerships need more holistic ways of assessing whether the appropriate mix of student academic, health, civic and climate supports are present. To create a culture that supports all young people to meet high academic standards, we need a school and community environment that prioritizes opportunity over oppression. To meet this goal our approach must be two-fold:

1. Address the Systemic Climate Matters
2. Address the Systemic Quality Matters

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