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2    WHEREAS, The demands of the 21st century require a new
3approach to education to fully prepare our state's youth for
4college, career, and citizenship; a whole child approach to
5education addresses students' comprehensive needs through the
6shared responsibility of students, families, schools, and
7communities; the goal of such an approach is to ensure that
8each child is challenged, supported, healthy, safe, and
9engaged; and
10    WHEREAS, The children of Illinois are our future and will
11provide the leadership, creativity, and productivity to
12sustain and strengthen the quality of life in our state; and
13    WHEREAS, The State of Illinois has the responsibility to
14ensure that our children have every possible opportunity for a
15quality education and future success; and
16    WHEREAS, Each student in Illinois deserves to be
17challenged academically and prepared for college, meaningful
18employment in our global economy, and lifelong success; and
19    WHEREAS, Each student in Illinois deserves to be supported
20by qualified, caring adults and to receive access to
21personalized learning; and



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1    WHEREAS, Each student in Illinois deserves to learn about
2and practice a healthy lifestyle; and
3    WHEREAS, Each student in Illinois deserves to learn in an
4environment that is physically and emotionally safe; and
5    WHEREAS, Each student in Illinois deserves to be actively
6engaged in learning and connected to the school and broader
7community; and
8    WHEREAS, The consequences of not ensuring that our young
9people are challenged, supported, healthy, safe, and engaged
10are clear; and
11    WHEREAS, The current high school graduation rate is 86
12percent; and
13    WHEREAS, SAT Math scores for 11th graders who achieve
14"meets or exceeds" are at only 35 percent; and
15    WHEREAS, SAT English/Language Arts scores for 11th graders
16who achieve "meets or exceeds" are at only 37 percent; and
17    WHEREAS, In science, only 49 percent of all students in
18all grades are testing at the proficient level; and



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1    WHEREAS, Only 73 percent of high school seniors enroll in
2a college program within 12 months of graduation; therefore,
3be it
6we declare March of 2022 as Illinois Whole Child Month to
7recognize the value of assuring that each student is
8challenged, supported, healthy, safe, and engaged; and be it
10    RESOLVED, That we urge parents, educators, and community
11members to support a whole child approach to education for
12each student; and be it further
13    RESOLVED, That we urge every school in Illinois to
14celebrate Whole Child Month by adopting at least one of the
15whole child tenets to promote and encourage throughout the
16month; and be it further
17    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
18presented to the Illinois Association for Supervision and
19Curriculum Development as a symbol of our respect and esteem.