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

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

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

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

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

Social and emotional learning and character education are complementary approaches to strengthening a person's ability to understand, manage, and express the social and emotional aspects of life and to organize action in a positive, goal-directed manner. For children, socialemotional learning and character education underpin their ability to successfully manage the tasks of everyday life such as learning, forming relationships, solving everyday problems, and adapting to the complex demands of growth and development. We feel these approaches greatly help school administrators improve the quality of student and staff learning and the climate of their schools.

This book is designed for administrators at any level of experience with social-emotional and character education programs. It is intended for people with little or no prior background in these programs or related areas; for people with some knowledge, but need help in introducing the programs to their school; and for people who may have begun the implementation process, but want additional ideas to increase the chance of success. Interest in social-emotional learning and character education is growing, and many administrators have been exposed to ideas from a variety of sources. These include popular books (e.g., Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, 1995), magazine articles, and journals targeting administrators (Elias, Zins, Weissberg, & Associates, 1997; Educational Leadership Special Issue, May, 1997), and media-based staff . . .

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