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screenshot from TWCI video called Whole Child, Whole Solution: Reaching into the Community

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At the core of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative (TWCI) is a seemingly simple idea: make sure students are understood and have their needs met – not just academically, but socially and emotionally. Our children do not stop learning at the 3 p.m. school bell. The Center for Strong Schools partnered with Roosevelt Elementary to train community partners and leaders from Roosevelt’s YMCA’s after school program, RAM Center, how to wrap students with consistent language, expectations and care. The outcome is powerful. Watch the Video

screenshot from TWCI video called Whole Child, Whole Solution: A School's Perspective

Whole Child, Whole Solution: A School's Perspective

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

Screenshot of the TWCI video called CityLine: May 22, 2014

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

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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.

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“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
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Tacoma Whole Child Partners

Slideshow photos courtesy of Tacoma Public Schools.