Students at Manitou Park Elementary know what it means to be a Bulldog! Watch the first video in a series called “Whole Child, Whole Solution” to see an example of how this school addresses social emotional learning. Students are learning skills like self management, self awareness, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making. These skills are valued just as much as academic skills and, as a result, students and staff are growing together and fostering a culture that is built on being safe, responsible and respectful. Watch the Video
CityLine TV Tacoma
Check us out on CityLine TV Tacoma! Greg Benner, Jennifer Kubista, and Lyle Quasim share the importance of The Tacoma Whole Child Initiative and the movement that is taking our city by storm—and changing lives! Watch the Video
2015 Building a Grad Nation Report Launch
In 2007 a researcher labeled all Tacoma comprehensive high schools as “dropout factories”. Watch as these same experts refer to Tacoma now as part of the “West Coast Dream Team” as a result of their focus on social emotional learning, trauma-informed care, and a significant increase in graduation rates. Watch the Video
Tacoma Public Schools are seeing significant graduation rates and they are now at an all time high!
There is an increase in graduation rates across all demographics in Tacoma.
Students sent to the office are less likely to be suspended and expelled as schools are committed to alternatives to suspension.
“The partnership with the University of Washington Tacoma is essential to the success of the program”
-Dr. Josh G. Garcia, Deputy Superintendent, Tacoma Public Schools
“I feel happier on the job since we started working with UWT. I love how my colleagues and I are learning to use data to put better practices and systems in place, so we improve outcomes for kids.”
–Guidance Counselor, Tacoma Public School District
“It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a whole child to build a sustainable schools and community. We are beginning to see these transformational approaches in supporting the development of the whole child effective every student, every day in Tacoma Public Schools.”
– Dr. Jennifer Kubista, Director of Student Services
Tacoma Whole Child Partners
Howard and Lynn Behar
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
Judy and Allan Trinkwald
Slideshow photos courtesy of Tacoma Public Schools.