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Creating Emotionally Safe Schools : A Guide for Educators and Parents

Creating Emotionally Safe Schools : A Guide for Educators and Parents - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-1558748149

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ISBN13: 978-1558748149
ISBN10: 1558748148
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Published: 2001
International: No

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Creating Emotionally Safe Schools : A Guide for Educators and Parents - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-1558748149

Jane Bluestein

ISBN13: 978-1558748149
ISBN10: 1558748148
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

Something is terribly wrong with our schools. How did a place that should be a sanctuary for kids becomes a source of fear and intimidation? What has happened?
In Creating Emotionally Safe Schools, Jane Bluestein offers a plan to return schools to havens of nurturing and learning. She examines environmental, historical, developmental, psychological, sociological, interpersonal, instructional and administrative factors that contribute to the emotional climate of an educational institution. This is a comprehensive view of what makes a school feel the way it feels, and what we can do to make it feel safe for every child-and every adult-who walks through its doors.
Emotional safety has many dimensions, such as: the impact of the family and early development, childhood stress and coping, the changing role of the school, acceptance and emotional support, respect and belonging, temperament and labels, gangs and violence, instructional strategies, learning styles and multiple intelligences, teacher training and support, and the inherent need for a sense of community.
The message Jane Bluestein brings is positive: information, programs and solutions are available that can ultimately make our schools inviting, inspiring, and, yes-safe.

Table of Contents

Part I Dimensions of a Very Big Picture

1. What Safety Is
Defining Emotional Safety
Safety for Adults in Schools
2. The Heart of the Matter: Feelings and School
3. Safety: It's a Brain Thing
4. Learning and the Brain
Memory and Emotion
Fear, Stress and Learning
Stressful or Painful School Events, Experiences and Situations That Can Compromise Emotional Safety
5. Body and Mind
Movement and Learning
Turn It Up, Turn It Down
How We Look, What We See
6. Monsters in the Closet: Where Children Are Coming From
Monsters in the Closet
When the Cradle Falls
7. "No, Really ... I'm Fine": Coping and Compensating
Fight, Flight or Freeze
Taking Our Family Roles to School
Survival Behaviors in the Classroom
8. Over the Edge: A World of Violence
Violence in Kids' Lives
That's Entertainment
Bang, Bang! You're Dead!
When Violence Happens in Schools: The Reactions
9. Brave New World: The Changing Role of the School
Rethinking Our Priorities
Testing, Testing
The Age of Connectedness
10. All Are Welcome Here: The Need for Community
Worth the Investment
Connecting in School
Logistical Issues: A Sizeable Question
The Power of Advocacy
Putting It All Together
All the King's Horses
11. Snags in the Tapestry
The School as a Dysfunctional Family
Impression Management
Oversimplification
Reactivity
Scarcity Thinking and Negativity
Product vs. Process
Constructive Alternatives to Dysfunctional Patterns
12. More Welcome than Others: Discrimination and Belonging
One Fine Stew
Pretty and Popular
Stand by Me
Where Never Was Heard a Discouraging Word
13. How Does Your Garden Grow? More Diversity, More Discrimination
The Animal School: A Fable
When the Elevator Only Goes Down
Diversity 101: Lots of Ways to Learn
Is This Channel Open?
Personality and Temperament
How Are You Smart?

Part II The Toolbox

14. Academic Safety: Learning and Success
Power, Success and the Freedom to "Fail"
How'm I Doing? Feedback and Assessment
Winners All Around: Cooperation and Service
15. Emotional Safety: Personal and Character Development
I Been Down So Long
Bouncing Back: The Art of Resiliency
The Myth of the Self-Esteem "Myth"
The Myth of the Self-Esteem Myth
Toward a Strong, Moral Character
Bearing Witness: Support for Children in Crisis
The Spirit of the School
16. Social Safety: Belonging and Interpersonal Competence
When Kids Don't Play Nice
The Other End of the Stick
Bully-Proofing the Schools
Respecting Differences, Changing Beliefs
The Teacher as Model
17. Behavioral Safety: Discipline and Cooperation
Traditions of Disempowerment
Zero-Tolerance and Push-Out Strategies
Spare the Rod!
A Discipline Paradigm for the New Millennium
The Win-Win Classroom
18. Physical Safety: The Student Body
Things That Go Bump in the Environment
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, Is There Food in Your Tummy?
I'm Hyperactive, You're Hyperactive
Taking the Path Less Traveled

Part III The Grownups

19. Teacher Safety: Protecting the Protectors
Teachers as Learners
The State of the Teacher
Are You at Risk?
Follow the Leader
Administrative Behaviors That Motivate, Empower, Value, Inspire and Build Commitment and Trust
Work-Environment Questionnaire
20. The Collaborators: Parents and Community
Dealing Successfully with Your Students' Parents
Rethinking Our Priorities, Part II: Valuing the People Who Work with Our Kids
Epilogue: Are We Almost There Yet?
Appendix A Survey: Is Your School an Emotionally Safe Place?
Appendix B Building Emotional Safety Worksheet
Chapter Notes
Recommended Resources
Index

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