- Find SD on the Food Desert Locator
- Call for Applications: ASCD’s Whole Child Network

Find SD on the Food Desert Locator

The online Food Desert Locator, developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS), is a tool that can be used to assist efforts to expand the availability of nutritious food in food deserts, or low-income communities that lack ready access to healthy food. Expanding the availability of nutritious food is part of First Lady Michele Obama's Let's Move! initiative to address the epidemic of childhood obesity. The Food Desert Locator is on the Web at www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert. The site contains an online media kit that provides downloadable images and logos.

Call for Applications: ASCD’s Whole Child Network

Between 10 and 15 schools from across the United States and Canada will receive a $10,000 grant for the 2012–13 school year, with the opportunity for renewal in the subsequent two school years, as well as customized support in implementing a whole child approach to education. Participating schools will also receive an ASCD Institutional membership, and up to five team members from each site will receive a trip to ASCD’s 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago.

Schools interested in applying should visit www.ascd.org/wholechildnetwork for more information. The deadline for applications to be considered is April 30, 2012.

ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner. Its 150,000 members in more than 145 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas––superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education, and school board members.

Current educational practices focus overwhelmingly on academic achievement measured by standardized and mandated tests. This achievement is but one element of student learning and development and only a part of any complete system of educational accountability. ASCD’s Whole Child Initiative is an association-wide effort to change the conversation about education from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged within a sustainable approach to education and community engagement.

April 2012