Take on Education | Greater Good

The Greater Good Take on Education

We believe schools must focus on children’s social and emotional lives, not just their academic pursuits. That’s why we’re committed to helping educators and parents understand the science behind social and emotional learning—and then apply those insights to the classroom.

Compassion, empathy, forgiveness, gratitude, mindfulness, and resilience are skills that can be taught and developed, and they can lead to both safer schools and greater academic achievement. But more than that, we believe cultivating social and emotional intelligence will lead to a wider transformation, as children mature into young adults who place care, empathy, and social connection at the center of their lives and society.

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Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment | Edutopia

19. Sit with Your Students. Sitting in a chair made for a child is not the most comfortable thing for an adult. But joining a group of children at their table takes us off stage and let’s us, even just for a few moments, become a member of the group. We might ask a strategic question, inquire about the group’s project, or simply listen.

via Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment | Edutopia.

Teaching Students to Stand Up and Speak Out | Edutopia

As teachers, we are given the charge and entrusted with preparing students intellectually, ethically, emotionally, and socially. The latter three meaning everyday we are guiding and nurturing students into helpful, altruistic, empathetic citizens — and we expect them to act according to this creed while on school grounds and within classroom walls.

via Teaching Students to Stand Up and Speak Out | Edutopia.

School Leadership – Arbor Center for Teaching

The ACT (Arbor Center for Teaching) School Leadership Program is an intensive series of seminars organized and conducted by Kit Abel Hawkins, founder of Arbor School of Arts & Sciences and ACT, designed to help participants identify the elements that must be considered and integrated in reinventing or creating schools of any kind.

via School Leadership – Arbor Center for Teaching.

Opal School | Portland Children’s Museum

Opal School of the Portland Children’s Museum is a private preschool (ages 3-6) and public charter elementary school (grades K-5).  Opal School serves as a resource for teacher-research by supporting and provoking fresh thinking about learning environments that inspire playful inquiry, creativity, imagination and the wonder of learning in children and adults.

The mission of Opal School is to strengthen public education by provoking fresh ideas concerning environments where creativity, imagination and the wonder of learning thrive. Stay connected to the Opal School Community by subscribing to the Opal School Blog.

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Knowledge Quest | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

The theme for the Nov/Dec 2012 Knowledge Quest is Personal Learning Networks (PLNs). This issue includes articles on creating, sharing, and growing through use of PLNs, which include a multitude of different communities such social networking sites, conferences and more.

via Knowledge Quest | American Association of School Librarians (AASL).

curriculumreform – Nel Noddings

Most schools follow some curriculum that touches on moral education and/or caring, however the schools listed below follow several aspects.

Arbor School, Tualatin OR http://www.arborschool.org/

Opal School, Portand OR http://www.portlandcm.org/opal_school.php

Voyagers’ Community School, Farmingdale NJ http://www.voyagerskids.com/blog/

via curriculumreform – Nel Noddings.

Nel Noddings

We should want more from our educational efforts than adequate academic achievement, and we will not achieve even that meager success unless our children believe that they themselves are cared for and learn to care for others.              

                                                                      – Nel Noddings-

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Starting at Home – Nel Noddings – University of California Press

With her characteristic sensitivity to the individual and to the vulnerable in society, the author concludes that any corrective practice that does more harm than the behavior it is aimed at correcting should be abandoned. This suggests an end to the disastrous war on drugs. In addition, Noddings states that the caring professions that deal with the homeless should be guided by flexible policies that allow practitioners to respond adequately to the needs of very different clients. She recommends that the school curriculum should include serious preparation for home life as well as for professional and civic life.

via Starting at Home – Nel Noddings – University of California Press.

Character Education – Youth Development (CA Dept of Education)

California Education Code Section 233.5 (a)

233.5 (a) Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of the pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice, patriotism, and a true comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity of American citizenship, and the meaning of equality and human dignity, including the promotion of harmonious relations, kindness toward domestic pets and the humane treatment of living creatures, to teach them to avoid idleness, profanity, and falsehood, and to instruct them in manners and morals and the principles of a free government.

via Character Education – Youth Development (CA Dept of Education).

student’s need to feel safe, accepted, and valued.

We all have been in
schools and classrooms that “feel
special,” where student-tostudent and student-teacher
interactions are especially
warm and positive, and there
is evidence everywhere of the
high value placed on students
as individuals. In these places,
a critical connection has been
made between a school’s academic mission and a student’s
need to feel safe, accepted, and valued.


CHKS | Resilience & Youth Development

Resilience Theory

At its foundation, a resilience-based approach to youth development is based upon the principle that all people have the ability to overcome adversity and to succeed in spite of their life circumstances. Resilience is a strengths-based construct, meaning its focus is on providing the developmental supports and opportunities (protective factors) that promote success, rather than on eliminating the factors that promote failure.

via CHKS | Resilience & Youth Development.

new teachers

Adjusting working conditions. Unless specific
administrative steps are taken to protect them,
beginning teachers often end up with the toughest
assignments. To make life less stressful for them,
administrators can reduce the number of students in
beginners’ classrooms, refrain from assigning them
the most challenging students, and minimize their
extracurricular and committee assignments. At the
elementary school level, in particular, administrators
can avoid assigning combination grades. At the
secondary school level, administrators can make sure
that new teachers’ course schedules
require as few separate preparation
efforts as possible. They can also
avoid assigning schedules that
require new teachers to change
classrooms during the day. In this era
of tight resources, it must also be
said that beginning teachers,
especially, suffer when classrooms
are not adequately stocked with
textbooks, desks, supplementary
materials, and basic supplies.


All Curriculum Frameworks – Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Materials (CA Dept of Education)

All Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum frameworks provide guidance for implementing the standards adopted by the State Board of Education. Printed publications can be purchased from CDE Press Educational Resources Catalog.

via All Curriculum Frameworks – Curriculum Frameworks & Instructional Materials (CA Dept of Education).