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Civility, Compassion, and Courage in Schools Today

Strategies for Implementing in K-12 Classrooms

Patricia Kohler-Evans and Candice Dowd Barnes

Over the past two decades, and perhaps even before the “No Child Left Behind Act,” policy makers and others have managed to drain civility, compassion, and courage from everyday classroom instruction. We have grown to become an educational system that is almost solely focused on academics at the expense of teaching to the whole child. Civility, Compassion, and Courage in Schools Today argues that civility, compassion and courage are absolutely essential to foster good citizenship—to encourage and motivate students to action—to take on the perspectives of others, and to see how they can become productive members in an ever changing global community. Using the authors’ “Model of Influence,” a four level hierarchy, they suggest that students can be taught to be more civil, compassionate, and courageous, even when facing adversity, and can move from developing a consciousness about these attributes into embracing influence and taking bold action. This book provides numerous examples as well as lesson plans designed to assist all educators to infuse their instruction with these critical attributes.

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 130Size: 6 x 9
978-1-4758-0975-6 • Hardback • February 2015 • $53.00 • (£37.95)
978-1-4758-0976-3 • Paperback • February 2015 • $26.00 • (£17.95)
978-1-4758-0977-0 • eBook • February 2015 • $24.00 • (£15.95)
Patricia Kohler-Evans,EdD, serves as an associate professor at the University of Central Arkansas in the Department of Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education. With many years of experience in special education in schools and in district administration, she serves as an executive coach for public school leaders and works with teachers across the state of Arkansas, providing professional development in research-validated methodologies.

Candice Dowd Barnes, EdD, serves as an assistant professor at the University of Central Arkansas in the Department of Elementary, Literacy and Special Education, and her background spans many years in early childhood education, leadership and administration. Her work with public schools, early care and education centers, teachers, leaders, and others professionals champions the role that curriculum and assessment, dispositions for learning, and healthy relationship play when creating pathways of success for all learners.

Chapter 1: Creating a Climate
Chapter 2: A Theoretical Framework: The Model of Influence
Chapter 3: Current Research and Classroom Applications
Chapter 4: Bringing Civility to Life
Chapter 5: Bringing Compassion to Life
Chapter 6: Bringing Courage to Life
Chapter 7: Lesson Plans in Civility
Chapter 8: Lesson Plans in Compassion
Chapter 9: Lesson Plans in Courage
Chapter 10: Advice for School Leaders
Appendix A: Lesson Plan Template
Appendix B: Resources for Developing a PowerPoint, Prezi, or Blog
In a world where standards and expectations are at an all-time high, Barnes and Kohler-Evans argue that educators are responsible for teaching beyond the books. Their new book is one that convicts the soul and reminds me why I ventured into the calling of teaching in the first place: to be the difference in order to make a difference.
Lynzie Brewer, first grade teacher

Civility, Compassion, and Courage in School Today: Strategies for Implementing in K-12 Classrooms empowers teachers to direct their classroom instruction towards the hope of more equitable world. With explicit scenarios and ample resources provided, teachers can imbed these practices into meaningful interactions with students to benefit both emotional and academic learning needs.
Mary Ellen Oslick, assistant professor, Stetson University, and Winner, Virginia Hamilton Essay Award, 2014

In light of the incivility that transpires in many of our urban cities, this resource for educators is right on time. It is a research based tool built on a theoretical framework that meets the practical need of educators in their quest to support both the academic and social emotional needs of their students. This pragmatic book offers real world opportunities for educators to model as well as explicate and afford students the skills to demonstrate civility, compassion and courage in a world and, particular, a generation that is in dire need of these most important attributes. This book will definitely help us, as educators, not to "negate the humanity" of our students while providing them with the necessary practice that will assist them in "leaving the world a better place.
Michelle Edwards, doctoral candidate, University of Pennsylvania, former urban elementary school principal and teacher