Building Learning Communities with Character: How to Integrate Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning

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ASCD, 2002 - Education - 139 pages
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Today's students need to learn more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. They need to learn life skills to successfully manage tasks, form relationships, solve everyday problems, and adapt to the demands of simply growing up. To satisfy those needs, many educators seek effective and lasting programs for their students' academic, emotional, and social growth.

This book presents a nine-step, problem-solving approach to help educators not only create such a program, but also shape the school climate to sustain and nurture it. Combining three decades of work with individual schools and districts, authors Bernard Novick, Jeffrey S. Kress, and Maurice J. Elias provide experienced insight to overcoming obstacles to social-emotional learning and character education programs. Their organized approach deals with the implementation process stage by stage, including:

* Assessing your school's readiness for change

* Setting goals for your program

* Anticipating details and roadblocks

* Obtaining feedback to modify your implemented program

* Creating high standards for accomplishment in academics and character

Any educator who is confused by the avalanche of different terminologies and methodologies surrounding social-emotional learning will benefit from this book. This practical and concise guide will help educators create an effective and goal-oriented environment in every school, one where students, staff, and parents are continually sustained in a caring community of learners.


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An Overview of Themes in SocialEmotional Learning and Character Education
Assess Your Schools Potential for Change
Know When to Start Problem Solving
Look at the Current Situation
Focus the Change Efforts
Think of Many Things to Do
Consider All the Consequences
Select a GoalOriented or GoalDriven Solution
Anticipate All Details and Roadblocks
Obtain Feedback and Modify Accordingly
Cultivate Participation and Leadership to Build and Sustain a Caring Community of Learners
A Farewell from Bernard Novick
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

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