Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers

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Linda Lantieri
Beacon Press, 2002 - Education - 208 pages
In Schools with Spirit, fourteen respected educators ask whether schools can nurture the inner life of students without violating the beliefs of families or the separation of church and state. For anyone who is concerned for the inner lives of our children, Schools with Spirit inspires, through deeply moving stories, about everything from the first tentative steps toward fostering emotional growth in our children to the bold movement of welcoming the spiritual dimension in our schools.

"This important book on teaching spirituality in American schools may serve as a significant resource for school teachers and administrators who want to help their students cultivate a sense of spirituality. . . . Teachers who struggle to reach this difficult equilibrium will welcome the wealth that these essays have to offer." — Samuel T. Huang, Library Journal

"This book consistently encourages teachers to be courageous and deeply engaged in teaching students, bringing their entire selves, including their spirituality, to their teaching." — Vanessa Bush, Booklist

"[Schools with Spirit] illustrates the importance of meeting the emotional and spiritual-as well as intellectual-needs of students and teachers." —*Mothering

 

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Contents

An Interview with Parker J Palmer
1
A Vision of Schools with Spirit
7
Nurturing Meaningful Connections with Young Children
21
Children as Sacred Beings
39
Lessons of the Wild
53
The Gift of the Arts
77
High School and the love of Wisdom
90
Welcoming the Inner life to School
107
A Program for Teacher Renewal
132
Principles of Deep Engagement
148
From Fist Stick Knife Gun
158
The Challenge of Creating Schools That Are Divided No More
164
Notes
172
Contributors
176
Acknowledgments
181
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Linda Lantieri, coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools, is the founding director of the internationally recognized Resolving Conflict Creatively Program of Educators for Social Responsibility, and the director of the New York office of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She lives in New York City.

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