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Implementation Tools

This resource describes the Guiding Principles for Equitable Whole Child Design and its aligned structures and practices that can build learning environments that enable children to develop, learn, and thrive. It shows how schools can adopt key structures and practices that nurture each design principle while illustrating how the most powerful application of these components is to use them in integrated ways.

This resource describes the structures and practices that schools can use to develop students’ cognitive, social, and emotional skills, which can serve as the building blocks for academic learning. It describes how schools can integrate cognitive, social, and emotional development into learning and use instructional strategies that develop students’ productive habits and mindsets in reinforcing ways.

This resource describes how schools can cultivate learning environments where all students and school community members are physically, emotionally, and identity safe. It highlights structures and practices that help to build safe and caring classrooms and schools, including those that build consistency; are restorative, trauma-informed, and healing-oriented; and foster inclusivity.

This resource describes how schools with integrated support systems can create a coordinated web of structures that readily meet students’ holistic needs. It highlights how coherent and data-informed multi-tiered systems of support can provide a responsive continuum of interventions that gives personalized support to all students.

This resource describes how schools can foster positive relationships among school community members. It highlights structures and practices that can personalize relationships with students, support relationships among staff to build trust and collaboration, and build relationships with families to support student learning and well-being.

This resource describes rich learning experiences that practitioners can facilitate to foster learning and knowledge development. It highlights the use of pedagogical structures and practices, such as Universal Design for Learning, effective scaffolding, inquiry-based learning, and culturally responsive pedagogy, that can deepen student understanding and help them transfer knowledge and skills to new contexts and problems.