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Wednesday, July 27 • 9:45am - 10:30am
Addressing the Whole Child to Enhance Student Learning and Achievement

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The research outlines that the whole-child approach not only fosters all areas of children’s development and learning—literacy, math, and science understanding as well as social–emotional, and cognitive skills—but also lays the foundation for lifelong learning, ensuring that children are excited and engaged learners with positive approaches to learning. We cannot overlook or state strongly enough, the positive effect that the whole-child approach—this marrying of academic rigor and developmentally appropriate practice—has on children’s academic and social-emotional gains. Research continues to affirm that the whole-child approach increases not only school readiness, but also long-term school success.

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Heather Bebout

Dual Language
Heather Bebout is the principal of Richland, Dual Language and Fisher’s Schools.  Heather taught 2nd grade for eight years at Schuyler Elementary School and ran the After School Program for eight years.   She also taught 3rd & 4th grade in Utah for four years.  Heather has a... Read More →
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Jessie Coffey

Director Whole Child Programs, NDE
Jessie has 20 years of experience in the public education sector working to support health and wellbeing efforts in Nebraska schools.  She is a registered dietitian by training and has a master's degree in Family Services Administration and is currently perusing her PhD in Health... Read More →
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Erika Wibbels

Healthy Schools Program Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education

Wednesday July 27, 2022 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
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