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Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating…

Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and…

by Daniel Goleman

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"People can stem the current tide of ecological destruction by changing their ways of thinking and behaving. And to that end Education is central. Education, in fact, offers the opportunity to build on children's love of nature and, from there, to cultivate a deep capacity for emotional, social and ecological intelligence"
Sarah James, Chairperson of the Gwich'in Alaskan Coastal Plains Steering Committee. ( )
  BCE_Library | Jul 17, 2016 |
At the core of this book are inspirational stories of educators applying the five practices of ecoliteracy. These practices include:

1. Developing empathy for all forms of life.
2. Embracing sustainability as a community practice.
3. Making the invisible visible.
4. Anticipating unintended consequences.
5. Understanding how nature sustains life.

Interspersed with the stories are enlightening environmental facts. This is a motivational book. Those expecting a detailed map for implementing ecoliteracy programs will be disappointed. The last two chapters are the most practical with professional development strategies for engaging colleagues in ecoliterate learning communities. The last chapter provides designs for using material from the book as part of these learning communities. The designs can easily be adapted to creating lesson plans for classroom use. In addition, the stories throughout the book may be shared with students to move them to care and take action. An extensive resource section organized to coincide with the book’s chapters will lead readers to a wealth of information and useful materials.

Don’t read this book with the expectation of coming away with a detailed plan for furthering the ecoliteracy of students. Do read this book for inspiration and ideas. ( )
  mitchellray | Aug 31, 2012 |
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"A new integration of Goleman's emotional, social, and ecological intelligenceThis book portrays inspiring educators, activists, and students who embody a new integration of emotional, social, and ecological intelligence--or what the authors refer to as engaged ecoliteracy. It builds on the success of bestselling author Daniel Goleman's emotional and social learning, and shows how educators are extending the cultivation of these essential dimensions of human intelligence to include knowledge of and empathy for all living systems. With stories that range from the Arctic to Appalachia and New York to New Orleans it illustrates dynamic education and engagement about some of the most important ecological issues of the day, from oil and coal to food and water. It also features a comprehensive professional development guide and the five processes of engaged ecoliteracy. Daniel Goleman is author of several New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller titles: Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, Primal Leadership, Vital Lies, and Ecological Intelligence Filled with illustrative examples of schools that have successfully created a "green culture" Includes a professional development guide to use in individual and group settings"--… (more)

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