Butterfield Trail Middle School Named 2017 Vision in Action Winner: The Whole Child Award

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:51 am
Butterfield Trail Middle School Named 2017 Vision in Action Winner: The Whole Child Award

Image titleButterfield Trail Middle School in Van Buren has been named the recipient of ASCD’s 2017 Vision in Action: The Whole Child Award. The prestigious honor was announced at ASCD Empower17: The Conference for Every Educator, in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, March 25.

Principal Karen Endel accepted the award on behalf of the school from ASCD Executive Director and CEO Deborah S. Delisle at the conference. ASCD is a mission-driven nonprofit dedicated to advancing student achievement by supporting educators who support the whole child.

“By promoting the development of the whole child throughout their culture, Butterfield Trail Middle School has changed the conversation about education,” said Delisle. “In doing so, the Butterfield Trail team is setting an example for schools across the country on how to meet the needs of every student.”

Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award recognizes schools that have moved beyond a vision for educating the whole child to actions that result in learners who are knowledgeable, emotionally and physically healthy, civically active, artistically engaged, prepared for economic self-sufficiency, and ready for the world beyond formal schooling. ASCD honored Butterfield Trail Middle School with this award for exceeding that vision.

“We have a great team and great families, and we believe in the whole child,” explained Endel. “With everything happening [nationally] in education, having that core of being healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged has been helpful in navigating whatever comes our way.”

For more information about the award and the innovative programs at Butterfield Trail Middle School, please see VBSD's official media release