Whole Child Institute (WCI)

A free, virtual statewide event by Educators, for Educators.

The first annual WCI for Washington State is focused on recovery efforts and trauma-invested practices that support a Whole Child approach. 

ASCD defines a Whole Child approach as one that ensures educational systems meet the rights of learners through the lens of the 5 Tenets: 
  • Each student enters school healthy and learns about and practices a healthy lifestyle.
  • Each student learns in an environment what 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 and participation in a global environment.

The State Healthy Schools Washington (HSW) Program supports the implementation of the ASCD Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. This effort is furthered by the June 1, 2021 expectation that all districts in the State of Washington develop and implement an Academic and Student Well-Being Recovery Plan.

WCI 2022 Focus
The sessions during WCI are intentionally aligned with State (OSPI) expectations related to HSW and Recovery to support educators who are seeking to further their support of student success at the classroom, school, or district level through the lens of the Whole Child.  

Who Should Attend
This event is open to all educators and partners of education across the State of Washington. Please share!


February 26, 2022
9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. PST via Zoom

Sampling of Breakout Session Titles:
  •  Academic Rigor and All Students: Equitable Expectations and Support.
  •  Being Rigorous and Anti-Racist at the Same Time.
  •  Manitou Park Elementary—Where Together All Bulldogs Rise and Thrive.
  •  Meaningful Supports for Whole Child Success: Implementation Leadership.
  •  MPIRs Strike Back.
  •  Who’s Up Next? Student-Led Presentations as evidence of learning and relationship building.
  •  Social Justice in Mentorship Programs: Eroding White Supremacy through Empowering BIPOC Student Leaders.
  •  SEL Isn’t One More Thing to Add to the Plate, It is the Plate!

Registration is complimentary. Registration ends February 24, 2022. 

You will receive:

  •  Access to four breakout sessions and a keynote session on February 26. This includes live chat with fellow WCI participants and presenters during each presentation you participate in.
  •  Continued access to all breakout session recordings for one-month through the same ASCD virtual conference platform.
  •  A 2-year membership with Washington State ASCD (WSASCD).

Institute Login Access
One week prior to the event you will receive an email from conferences@ascd.org with login credentials and instructions on how to access the Whole Child Institute. The same login credentials will be resent the day prior to the institute. Please watch your email and save this important information to your calendar.

Clock Hours
If you would like to obtain OSPI Clock Hours for participating in this learning experience, 4.0 Clock Hours will be available for a cost of $3 per hour, and available for those who attend in real time—attendance will be verified. Participants will receive a form to complete to request clock hours post-event.


Dr. Hannah Gbenro
Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Olympia SD
WCI 2022 Chair

Dr. Hannah Gbenro serves as the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) in Washington State’s Capital - Olympia School District (OSD) – where she oversees the Teaching & Learning (T&L) Team that has collectively renewed their mission in alignment with the districtwide, Whole Child focused Strategic Plan: With equity at the forefront, our Olympia School District T&L Team mission is to equip, empower, and collaborate with stakeholders for increased individual and collective potential for the benefit of the Whole Child, Whole Educator, & Whole Community. 

Dr. Gbenro has served nearly 20-years in education, spanning the roles of special education para educator, high school teacher, elementary dean of students, K – 12 instructional coach, middle school assistant principal, and district administrator. She holds multiple degrees and certifications, including a doctorate from Seattle University with dual specializations in Principalship and Business alongside a Master’s in Teacher Leadership from the University of Illinois. 

Dr. Gbenro has served on a number of local and state committees, including the Washington State ASCD Board (WSASCD, President), House Bill 1361 State Leadership Team: K-12 Workplace Traumatic Stress, Puget Sound Skills Center Board, Tacoma Art Museum Education Task Force, and Tacoma Youth Symphony Board. She is also a member of ASCD, the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), the Washington Association of School Business Officials (WASBO), and the Washington Association of School District Administrators (WSSDA).

Dr. Gbenro has presented at the state, national, and international level in the areas of standards-based education, leadership, and technology for learning; she has been recognized by ASCD, WSASCD, the Washington Library Media Association (WLMA), and the Washington Educational Research Association (WERA) for her leadership in support of students and educators.

Contact Lisa Gehman at 360.943.5717 or wsascd@wasa-oly.org with registration questions or for registration assistance.
Contact Carrie Lam at carrielamascd@gmail.com with event questions and for Zoom assistance the day of the session.
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