District 53’S Commitment to Whole Child Learning


District’s 53 has a strong commitment to whole child learning. At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Board of Education heard a report on the tenets of whole child learning and how the schools support social, emotional, health and physical education for students. 

“We want to build a solid foundation for a whole child and wellness foundation for all learners – students and staff – so each will succeed and thrive in our ever-evolving world,” said Superintendent Dr. Heidi Wennstrom at the Board meeting. She noted the five tenets of the whole child in Butler District 53:

  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
  • Each student learns in an intellectually challenging environment that is physically and emotionally safe for students and adults.
  • Each student is actively engaged in learning and is connected to the school and broader community.
  • Each student has access to personalized learning and is supported by qualified, caring adults
  • Each student is challenged academically and prepared for success in college or further study and for employment in a global environment

While the District’s test scores and educational system earned us national and local recognition, “Butler 53’s educators understand that the world our students live in is ever evolving and that flexible skills sets and healthy environments will be necessary to truly create pathways for optimal success,” she said. Click here for more information on the whole child initiative in District 53. 

Whole Child Commitment in District 53