Foundations for a healthy school: a companion resource to the K-12 school effectiveness framework
A resource to help build learning environments that promote and support child and student well-being. It includes sample strategies and activities that can be used at school, in the classroom or among students.
The Foundations for a Healthy School resource contributes to a learning environment that promotes and supports child and student well-being. It focuses on the whole child and student – their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development.
The research is clear: healthy students are better prepared to learn, and education is a key determinant of health. Elevating well-being as a goal for education in Ontario recognizes its fundamental importance to our learners and their futures.
This resource supports the integration of healthy schools policies, programs and initiatives into school and school board planning and implementation processes. It aligns with the Kindergarten–12 School Effectiveness Framework (K-12 SEF) by including five interconnected areas that relate closely with the components of the K-12 SEF:
- curriculum, teaching and learning
- school and classroom leadership
- student engagement
- social and physical environments
- home, school and community partnerships
Taking all of these five, interconnected areas into account will help schools, school boards, parents and community partners to work together to develop a comprehensive approach to healthy schools policies, programs and initiatives.
Foundations for a healthy school: diagram
This resource outlines how schools and school boards, in partnership with parents and the community, can develop a healthier school.
This graphic provides an at-a-glance overview of the Foundations for a Healthy School.
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