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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Social Systems of Support: The Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community

May 9, 2016
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

Purpose: The purpose of this session is to answer the following question: What services, resources, programs, and opportunities need to be present in an educational institution in order to support the ability of a child to thrive in life long-term? To answer this question, this workshop will provide an overview of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and provide suggestions for school communities to serve students. The presentation will be organized around Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems theory to describe the dynamic influences on a child's social emotional development in the context of school and the implications for current and future policy, toward an ideal holistic system of support.



  • Introduction - Exercise to have individuals consider the many influences during their lives to help them become healthy adults
  • Overview of the Topic - illustration of the outline of the agenda
  • ASCD Video on Whole ChildĀ
  • Purpose Statement and Implications for the Focus Area on Student Development
  • Review Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Definition of the Ecological Systems Theory (Brofenbronner Model)
  • Activity on Ecological Systems Theory - Audience Participation
  • Current Policies (Support vs Undermine)
  • Presentation by MDE - Director of Coordinated School Health - What do schools need to allow all students to be successful as adults?
  • Whole Child, Whole School, Whole Community Framework
  • Policy Implications Moving Forward

Speaker Biographies:

Kim Kovalchick, Supervisor, Coordinated School Healthy & Safety Program, Michigan Department of Education; Beverly Schroder, Ottawa ISD.

Learning Team Members:

Kellie Flaminio
Cordelia Black
Teresa Szymanski
Michelle Nicholson
Karlin Tichenor

Resource Material:

Look at Maslow’s Hierarchy:  

Helpful article:

Look at Bronfenbrenner:

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