Facilitator's Guide Eight' Habits of the Heart for Educators: Building Strong School Communities Through Timeless Values

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Corwin Press, 2007 - Education - 54 pages
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At the end of a long, hard day's work, Esther can stand in the barn doorway and survey her beautiful Perry Farm with a sense of contentment. She lost her father in the Civil War, and she, her mother and her sister are three women alone. Yet she could not be happier with her hands in the soil and her heart in the land. She plans to marry a handsome farm-hand and rule over her little kingdom like a queen.Yet dark days are ahead. With deepest sorrow, she loses her mother to the wracking coughing disease of tuberculosis. Esther and her sister Lara suddenly face a crushing debt on their farm, too mountainous to overcome. A greedy neighbor shoves a mortgage deed in front of Esther, forcing her to sign. What will happen to her? How will she take care of Lara? With no home or family, the Perry sisters are orphaned and alone. On the final afternoon of owning her farm, Esther greets a strange guest. The haughty woman and her grand carriage are out of place in a farm town like Bayview, Maine. She introduces herself as Lucia Curtis and informs them she is their aunt. Esther and Lara are shocked - their mother never mentioned a sister. Aunt Curtis has an incredible proposal: she will take the Perry girls to Portland, Maine and give them a place to live for six months. Farewell to Perry Farm, and a new life awaits Esther and Lara in Portland. There will be cousins to meet, an uppity social circle to move amongst, and a handsome architect proclaimed as the most eligible bachelor in the city. Yet Aunt Curtis has her own plans for Esther. Will Esther be able to overcome her sorrows and find a new happiness in Portland? Can she attract Henry Vallencourt's admiration before he makes an ill match? And what of her mysterious uncle and the secrets behind the locked bedchamber?

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Clifton Taulbert, president and founder of The Building Community Institute, is the author of the internationally acclaimed, Eight Habits of the Heart (Corwin Press 2006), the awarding winning Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored (Penguin 1995), and the Pulitzer-nominated The Last Train North (Penguin 1995). He serves as a guest professor at Harvard University s Principals Center, Boston University s Center for Ethics, United States Air Force Academy, and the American International Schools Conference. An adjunct professor at the Federal Executive Institute, Taulbert is also a board member of the National Character Education Partnership and is on the Board of Trustees for Tulsa University. He is recognized internationally as a thought leader on the critical issue of community as a valuable asset for this century.

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