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The Educator's Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement


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Preface Acknowledgments About the Editors About the Contributors Introduction: About This Book Part I: THE FUNDAMENTAL CONNECTION OF SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING/EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, AND THE PROCESS OF LEARNING 1. The Connection Between Academic and Social-Emotional Learning - Maurice J. Elias 2. Brain Development and Social-Emotional Learning: An Introduction for Educators - Carol A. Kusche & Mark T. Greenberg 3. Multiple Intelligences and Emotional Intelligence: Finding Common Ground in the Classroom - Thomas Hatch & Mindy L. Kornhaber Part II: HOW SEL/EI CREATES SYNERGY IN KEY CONTEXTS IN EDUCATION: SERVICE AND CITIZENSHIP, SCHOOL-TO-WORK, HEALTH, TEACHER PREPARATION, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 4. The Connection Between Character, Service, and Social-Emotional Learning: - Sheldon Berman & Mary Hansberry McCarthy 5. From School to Work: Social and Emotional Learning as the Vital Connection - Cary Cherniss & Daniel Goleman 6. Physical Health, Social-Emotional Skills, and Academic Success are Inseparable - Susan F. Wooley & Marcia A. Rubin 7. Addressing Social-Emotional Education in Teacher Education - Janet Patti 8. Raising Your New Teacher's Emotional Intelligence: How Using Social-Emotional Competencies Can Make Your First Year of Teaching Less Stressful and More Successful - Rose Reissman 9.The Professional Inquiry Kit: One Avenue for Exploring, Enhancing, and Applying Emotional Intelligence in Schools - Pam Robbins Part III: EDUCATORS TELL THEIR STORIES: HOW TO BRING SEL/EI INTO CLASSROOMS 10. I Can Problem Solve: An Interpersonal Cognitive Problem-Solving Approach for Children - Myrna B. Shure 11. Teaching Preschool Children Coping Skills for Stress Management - Gloria S. Elder & Jennie C. Trotter 12. Morning Meeting: Teaching the Art of Caring Conversation - Roxann Kriete 13. Raising Healthy Children: School Intervention Strategies to Develop Prosocial Behaviors - Kevin Haggerty & Carol Cummings 14. Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving: A Theoretically Sound, Evidence-Based Framework for SEL in the Classroom - Linda Bruene Butler & Victoria Poedubicky 15. Inside Open Circle - Beverly J. Koteff & Pamela Seigle 16. Teaching Emotional Literacy in Elementary School Classrooms: The PATHS Curriculum - Carol A. Kusche & Mark T. Greenberg 17. The Second-Step Program: Social-Emotional Skills for Violence Prevention - Joan Cole Duffell, Kathy Beland, and Karin Frey 18. Fostering Caring, Character, and Responsibility in Schools - Susan Carroll Keister 19. Teaching Life Skills in the Schools - Steven J. Danish & Tanya Forneris 20. Read and Serve: Student-Centered Service Learning and Literacy - Rose Reissman 21. Heroes to the Rescue: Reaching the Roots of Learning - Eliot Rosenbloom & Ann Medlock 22. The "Best Practices in Prevention" Curriculum: Foundational Life Skills for General and Special Education - Ellen Dietz, Joanne Glancy, & Mike Dobbins 23. Teenage Health Teaching Modules: Social-Emotional Learning in the Context of Health Education - Christine Blaber 24. Facing History and Ourselves - Martin E. Sleeper & Margot Stern Strom 25. The "Senior Passage" Course - Rachael Kessler Epilogue Index

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Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D. is Professor, Psychology Department, Rutgers University, Director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, and Academic Director of The Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service at Rutgers. He is Past President of the Society for Community Research and Action/Division of Community Psychology (27) of APA and has received the SCRA Distinguished Contribution to Practice and Ethnic Minority Mentoring Awards, as well the Joseph E. Zins Memorial Senior Scholar Award for Social-Emotional Learning from the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the John P. McGovern Medal from the American School Health Association, and the Sanford McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education. Prof. Elias lectures nationally and internationally to educators and parents about students' emotional intelligence, school success, and social-emotional and character development. Among Dr. Elias' numerous books are ASCD's Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators, the Social Decision Making/Social Problem Solving curricula for grades k-8, the new e-book, Emotionally Intelligent Parenting, and a book for young children: Talking Treasure: Stories to Help Build Emotional Intelligence and Resilience in Young Children (www.researchpress.com, 2012). He also writes a blog for on SEL-related topics for the George Lucas Educational Foundation at www.edutopia.org. With colleagues at the College of St. Elizabeth, he has developed an online credentialing program for Direct Instruction of Social-Emotional and Character Development (SECD) programs in classroom, small group, and after school settings (sel.rutgers.edu), and for School-Focused Leadership and Coordination of SECD and School Culture and Climate (SELinSchools.org). Professor Elias interviewed with Rae Pica on Bam! Radio's Studentcentricity. You can find the interview, Classroom Management: Redirecting Misbehavior, Dr. Harriet Brown Arnold is a veteran educator who has served as elementary school teacher, middle school administrator, elementary school principal, director of personnel and staff development, and international consultant to schools. A graduate of San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Social Welfare, she received her Masters in Education at California State University, San Jose and her Doctorate with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of San Francisco. Her professional development projects have included training for the Ministry of Education in the Bahamas and coordinating the Sequoia Beginning Teacher Program.


"A valuable book that gathers and presents to teachers a variety of strategies, prosocial and pro-academic, that involve emotional intelligence....Useful, unique (not a crowded field at all!), practical, clearly written." -- Robert DiGiulio
"This book is the most thorough I've ever read on emotional intelligence....I found it to be an extremely helpful handbook in helping me to understand the importance of SEL and in considering programs for my school...The content is relevant and meaningful for today's educators." -- Beverly Eidmann
"Makes an important contribution to the field of social-emotional learning....I highlighted at least two dozen specific ideas that I will implement in my classroom next year....Practitioners will readily grasp the implications and applications of this material. The topic is an especially relevant one for today's educators." -- Steve Reifman
"Bringing all this information together in one spot is quite a contribution... the book is written so as to be very well understood by teachers. There isn't too much research or theory here, but lots of emphasis on 'What can I do on Monday?'" -- David Squires
"This is an essential resource for all teachers, counselors, and school administrators who want their school communities to educate healthier, more resposible, and more successful students." -- SirReadalot.org, March Issue
"The authors present a well-articulated approach to planning and conducting evaluations." -- psycCRITIQUES, March 1, 2006
"Offers a comprehensive overview of social-emotional learning and its impact on student achievement. Takes a more qualitative perspective, exploring the intangibles of classroom instruction with the underlying premise that students cannot learn best if social and emotional aspects of their thinking are ignored." -- The School Administrator, December 2006

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