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National School District Wellness Coalition

Are you a district looking to advance your WSCC implementation? Apply now to join the coalition!

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In today’s society, a successful child is one that achieves academically. This narrow definition of success is often determined by high stakes test scores, thus preventing school staff from positioning a holistic, comprehensive, whole-child approach to student-centered, teacher-approved educational practices and policies. When we actively support and create equitable schools for our kids to be healthy, safe, challenged, supported and engaged, our students will succeed beyond what can be analyzed on a standardized test.

In 2013, Action for Healthy Kids founded our our Urban School Wellness Coalition to help support large, urban districts in meeting these students’ needs while utilizing a collective impact approach. A coalition of 33 of the country’s largest school districts, members share resources and best practices to advance the implementation of comprehensive school wellness polices – all done while supporting the collaborative approach of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model.

In 2020, Action for Healthy Kids is expanding the work of the Urban School Wellness Coalition significantly, to include new district members from urban, suburban and rural settings to provide a unique opportunity for district leaders to engage in a community of practice to learn best practices, and share successes and challenges. This expanded coalition, the National School District Wellness Coalition, will work to translate the standards of the WSCC model into actionable and realistic policy, programs, and practices for coalition members and all districts nationwide.

Our vision is for all students to be cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically healthy in support of positive academic and life outcomes.

The National School District Wellness Coalition is committed to helping school districts inform, coordinate, enhance and measure the development and implementation of equitable WSCC-related practices and policies through the collective impact model to ensure students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged, and to drive a national education agenda that supports the Whole Child.

Is your district interested in joining the National School District Wellness Coalition? We are currently accepting applications from interested districts to join our community of school health and wellness experts. Applications are being reviewed on a rolling basis until all member spots are filled. Early applicants will receive priority. Apply now by clicking the link above or contact Brean Witmer at for more details.

Read the impact paper issued by the Urban School Wellness Coalition: Developing Healthy, Successful Urban Students Through School District Infrastructure.

Coalition Member Districts

Baltimore City Schools (MD)
Boston Public Schools (MA)
Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools (NC)
Chicago Public Schools (IL)
Cleveland Public Schools (OH)
Columbus City Schools (OH)
Dallas Independent School District (TX)
Denver Public Schools (CO)
Des Moines Schools (IA)
Detroit Public Schools Community District (MI)
DC Public Schools (DC)
Duval County Public Schools (Jacksonville, FL)
El Paso Independent School District (TX)
Fort Worth Independent School District (TX)
Fulton County Schools (Atlanta, GA)
Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, KY)
Los Angeles Unified School District (CA)
Mesa Public Schools (AZ)
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (TN)
Minneapolis Public Schools (MN)
New York City Department of Education (NY)
Oakland Unified School District (CA)
Oklahoma City Public Schools (OK)
Orange County Public Schools (Orlando, FL)
Pittsburgh Public Schools (PA)
Portland Public Schools (OR)
Prince George’s County Public Schools (MD)
San Diego Unified School District (CA)
San Francisco Unified School District (CA)
School District of Palm Beach County (FL)
School District of Philadelphia (PA)
Seattle Public Schools (WA)
Shelby County Schools (Memphis, TN)

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