Community in Action
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Byrne Creek Community Secondary School, in Burnaby, British Columbia, has
been selected as the winner of Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award.
This award recognizes schools that move beyond a narrow focus on academic
achievement to take action for the whole child.
Byrne Creek educates a culturally diverse group of 1,250 students in grades
8–12. The area has a high population of immigrant families, and more than 60
percent of students come from homes in which English is not the primary language
spoken. The building’s design encourages a sense of belonging through its Center
for Dialogue modeled on the United Nations; its large open spaces for community
gatherings; its open hallways; and its bright, natural light.
In response to the diverse set of
learners, teachers at the school strive
to master personalization and differentiated instruction. Staff members work
closely with at-risk students through
the Village of Attachment, a group
that forms partnerships with families and community members to create a web of
support around their most vulnerable students.
Byrne Creek has cultivated partnerships to support a holistic approach to students’ health needs as well. The British Columbia Agricultural Society provides
breakfast, lunch, and after-school programs that feature fresh fruit and vegetables;
a community outreach program supplies fresh bread, dairy products, and produce
to families in the community. The school also offers a comprehensive program of
extracurricular and intramural athletics for students as well as many counseling and
For more information about the award, visit www.ascd.org/programs
The ASCD Whole Child Award
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ASCD’s 2012 Legislative Agenda, which outlines the association’s public policy
priorities for the year, calls for whole child–based education reforms. The agenda
outlines 10 recommendations for Congress. Highlights include
n Requiring states to align accountability, professional evaluation, and
reporting systems to include all core academic subjects.
n Requiring multiple measures of evaluation to determine student proficiency,
teacher effectiveness, and school performance.
n Establishing an accountability system that provides differentiated support on
the basis of circumstances and the needs of each school and district.
n Enhancing the effectiveness of school leaders and educators through ongoing
professional learning to address students’ evolving needs.
ASCD’s legislative agenda is developed by its legislative committee, a diverse
cross-section of ASCD members representing the entire spectrum of K– 12
educators. The agenda is available at www.ascd.org/legislativeagenda.
Paul Healey, President; debra Hill, President-elect; sara Magaña sHubel, iMMediate Past
President; gene r. carter, executive director,
ascd; Harriett arnold, colin caMeron, larry
W. cartner, KatHy clayton, sandy clifton,
Jane cobia, Marc J. coHen, nancy gibson,
JuditH golden, JosePH goodnacK, Mary Kay
KirKland, deana loPez, laurie MccullougH,
gabriel rsHaid, Pasi saHlberg, Jeff stePHens,
gene r. carter, executive director
eric bellaMy, deputy executive director
Judy seltz, deputy executive director
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