Schools participating in the whole-child model implementation program.
Schools with a Whole Child Lead
Staff who have attended and graduated from Antiracist Educator University (ARE-U) since 2021.
Using the science of learning and development to improve outcomes for all students.
All students—but especially those who face Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—need more than rich educational content to thrive.
They need supportive environments, meaningful relationships, and teachers who are willing to acknowledge, examine, and confront their own assumptions and biases to better nurture and serve the whole child. DCPS Becoming uses the science of cognitive development to redesign educational practices and close the achievement, discipline, and equity gaps caused by the experience of childhood trauma.
ACE’s affect a majority of DC students.
DCPS students have been screened for post-trauma symptomatology since 2018 and indicate exposure to three specific ACEs that limit their capacity to reach their full potential.
Social-Emotional and Academic Support
Culturally responsive social and emotional learning for students provided by a team of mental health youth development specialists trained in anti-racist and social justice practices.
Law Enforcement Support
Training in cognitive development science and restorative practices for law enforcement, mental health providers, and educators to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.
School-based community service hubs to connect families impacted by systemic racism with expanded health and mental health services to improve wellness.
Wraparound services to address gun violence, provide therapeutic outlets for students, and reduce over-policing and disproportionate discipline for students, families, and communities of color.