ERIC Number: ED532698
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Reference Count: 27
Healthy Learning Environments. Education for Life. Info Brief. Number 38
Lewallan, Theresa C.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Healthy, properly nourished students who feel safe are better able to concentrate on their work, attend school on a regular basis, and perform well in class and on tests. Despite such research findings, however, discussions about improving student achievement often occur separately from discussions about schools' roles in addressing health and safety concerns. Federal, state, and local policies are being formulated to address each concern, yet policymakers frequently fail to consider intersecting student health and achievement as they develop school improvement policies. Although academic achievement is a key mission for schools, it is not the only goal. Public schools also prepare students to be healthy, productive, moral citizens with an appreciation for a range of knowledge and dispositions, including culture and the arts. By including such knowledge and skills as well as a supportive environment, schools help students develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Those that satisfy these basic needs find it easier to help students improve their behavior, attitudes, and achievement (Learning First Alliance, 2001). This paper describes resources for supporting comprehensive school health programs.
Descriptors: Comprehensive School Health Education, Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Improvement Programs, Educational Resources, Program Descriptions, Aptitude Treatment Interaction, Educational Policy, Accountability, State Action, School Health Services, Change Strategies
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development