Washington Governor Jay Inslee visited the University of Washington Tacoma campus on Jan. 23 for a roundtable discussion entitled “Collective Impact: Working Together for Strong Schools, Student Success and Great Communities.” The governor convened a group of South Sound schools, civic and community organizations to explore how the community is coming together to ensure that every child is engaged, successful, resilient and ready for life.
The focus of the discussion was the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative, a collaborative project of Tacoma Public Schools and UW Tacoma’s Center for Strong Schools. The 10-year partnership, begun in 2011, is an unprecedented program to foster school transformation across the entire school district. Everyone who comes in contact with children—teachers, librarians, bus drivers, cafeteria staff, administrators, playground staff—is part of the program.
Learn more about Tacoma Whole Child Initiative:
- Center for Strong Schools web site
- “Focusing on the Whole Child,” by Abby Rhinehart, UW Tacoma News, Aug. 11, 2014
- “Tacoma School District, UWT unite to help kids feel safe, rewarded and whole,” by Debbie Cafazzo, The News Tribune, Sept. 18, 2014 (May require paid subscription)
- “City Grant for Tacoma Whole Child Initiative to Help Kids Face Social, Emotional Challenges,” UW Tacoma News, Dec. 4, 2014
Watch videos about TWCI:
Tacoma Public Schools' Jennifer Kubista
talks about TWCI.
An overview of TWCI produced by
Panel discussion of TWCI
on City of Tacoma's CityLine
KOMO4 story on TWCI
Mike Wark, External Relations, 253-692-5771 or firstname.lastname@example.org