Michigan ASCD is proud to announce a new award program in support of ASCD Worldwide and The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Initiative in conjunction with the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principal Association (MEMSPA). This award seeks to identify schools in Michigan that have created a school culture with programs that exemplify one of the five tenets of this Initiative: Healthy, Safe, Supported, Challenged or Engaged.

Schools applying for the award are required to submit a completed application, along with supporting evidence to Michigan ASCD, according to program guidelines and timelines. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee.

2019-2020 applications are now open!  Click the button below to download. After reviewing the materials, please contact our Administrative Coordinator, Sara Bishop with any questions at sbishop@michiganascd.org.

2019-2020 Whole Child Award Timeline

  • Applications due by 11:59PM on September 13, 2019
  • Notifications will be sent out the first week of October, 2019
  • Award will be presented at the MEMSPA Annual Conference, Dec 4 – 6, 2019
  • Funds will be distributed by January 30, 2020

2018 – 2019 Whole Child Award Recipient: Laker Elementary School

Michigan ASCD & MEMSPA are proud to announce the very first recipient of The Whole Child Award: Laker Elementary!

Principal Kathy Dickens submitted an extraordinary application highlighting the Whole Child Tenet, Engaged. Laker Elementary’s wide variety of after school clubs, in-school service-based projects, community partnerships, and parent support ensure their students have a well-rounded learning environment.

Laker Elementary lives their mission “...to be dedicated and committed to challenge and encourage all students to reach their highest potential. Through a comprehensive curriculum and a caring educational environment, Laker students will be prepared to excel in a global society.” They hope to combine their goals of engagement, social emotional health, and physical health with this award and add natural and sensory sensitive playground equipment for all students to benefit from. Kathy is committed to her school, community, and each and every student under her care. As stated in her application, “We will turn no opportunity away, regardless of the time and effort involved, if it will benefit even a small number of students”.

Michigan ASCD would like to thank MEMSPA for their generous support of this program and funding this year’s Whole Child Award. We would also like to thank each and every school who took the time to carefully craft their applications. It is incredibly encouraging to see all the amazing work that is being accomplished across Michigan in support of The Whole Child.