Student Wholeness

  • Our students are unique people with unique experiences, talents, challenges, and social, emotional, and physical lives. By keeping the wholeness of our students in mind, meeting their needs, hearing their voices, and building partnerships with their families and communities, we can ignite their passion for learning.

    Work in the area of "student wholeness" takes many forms. For example:

    • Restorative practices build positive communities based on the premise that open, respectful communication helps reduce conflict. When conflict does occur, restorative practices encourage students to focus not on punishment, but on the harm caused and on ways to repair relationships. In partnership with Open Society Institute–Baltimore link opens new browser window, principles of restorative practices are being adopted across the district and 15 schools are receiving intensive training in the approach.

      What could restorative practices look like across a whole school district? Read about the vision and recommendations in this report prepared for City Schools by the Open Society Institute – Baltimore (and see also this this brief summary). link opens PDF document

    • Through a partnership with Under Armour, the Baltimore Ravens, and the InSideOut Initiative, high school athletes will experience interscholastic athletics not just as an opportunity to excel on the field or the court, but as a way to connect with caring adults and to develop empathy, fairness, responsibility, and respect. Our high school athletic directors and coaches will have access to professional learning opportunities on using sports as an extension of the classroom to build character and develop well-rounded students. With additional support from Under Armour, students on high school teams will receive new uniforms, building their confidence and motivating them to greater success.

    • City Schools is continuing and expanding programs and partnerships that improve student well-being. In 2017-18, the district began offering free suppers to students who participate in after-school activities, in addition to providing free breakfast and lunch to all students. Partnerships like Vision for Baltimore link opens new browser window will continue to bring needed health services to our students, and the resources provided through community schools will give students and families access to services such as food pantries and mental health counseling.

    Read more about student wholeness as part of City Schools' blueprint for success link opens PDF document