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Integrating Prosocial Learning with Education Standards
School Climate Reform Initiatives

ISBN 9781138679146
Published September 12, 2016 by Routledge
214 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Integrating Prosocial Learning with Education Standards demonstrates how to meet educational standards that privilege cognitive aspects of learning while also advancing prosocial or Whole Child efforts (e.g., social emotional learning, character education, and mental health promotion). The book utilizes a growing body of research to reveal effective ways to implement a curriculum that integrates social, emotional, ethical, and civic aspects of learning with required state standards, and a wide range of "real world" examples describe how any school, anywhere, can lay a foundation for all young people to succeed.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction and Overview of Volume

Overview – Jonathan Cohen, Kristie Fink, and Sean Slade

Chapter 1. Whole Child and Learning Standards: A Potential Paradigm Shift

Sean Slade.

Chapter 2. Prosocial Goals, Strategies, Resources and Common Core Standards Alignment

Jonathan Cohen and the National School Climate Center

II. Creating a Climate for learning: School climate reform as a strategy that mobilizes the whole village to support the whole child

Overview – Jonathan Cohen

Chapter 3. The Core of the Matter: A Case Study

Patricia A. Ciccone and Jo Ann Freiberg

Chapter 4. The Missing but Essential Keys to Student Growth and Success: Integrating A Whole Child Approach, Prosocial Education and School Climate Reform with Common Core

Kristie Fink and Jonathan Cohen

Chapter 5. Rethinking Bullying to Promote Academic Achievement

Deborah A. Temkin

III. Instructional efforts that support the whole child and the Common Core

Overview – Kristie Fink

Chapter 6. Building a School Climate that Fosters Mathematical Brilliance: Bringing Character to the Common Core State Standards

Bob Coulter and Melinda C. Bier

Chapter 7. The Importance of Teaching Digital Citizenship: A Character Development Essential

Karen Geller

Chapter 8. Engaging the Whole Child through Academic Service-Learning
Teri Dary and Betty Edwards

Chapter 9. Using Restorative Practices to Advance Both Prosocial Education and the Common Core

Ted Wachtel

Chapter 10. Creating Ethical Decision-Makers in the Era of Common Core: Honoring College and Career Readiness and Social-Emotional Learning

Jocelyn Stanton

Chapter 11. Next steps – Truly supporting the whole child and the whole school community – Teachers, PLCs, and the Community

Sean Slade, Jonathan Cohen and Kristie Fink

Appendix – The School Climate Improvement Process: Tasks and Challenges



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Kristie Fink is lecturer and alternative route to teacher licensure coordinator at the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services, Utah State University, USA.

Jonathan Cohen is founder and president of the National School Climate Council (NSCC); adjunct professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA; co-editor, The International Journal on School Climate and Violence Prevention; and co-author and editor of more than 85 peer reviewed papers, chapters, and books.

Sean Slade is director of outreach and Whole Child programs at ASCD (formerly known as the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). He has more than 25 years of experience in education focusing on areas of school reform that relate to education, health, well-being, resilience, and school climate.


This insightful volume focuses on the critical challenge facing our educational system: how to develop supportive, engaging, and healthy schools and educators that successfully enhance the social, emotional, ethical, civic, and academic competence of all students. Fink, Cohen, Slade, and other field leaders brilliantly connect multiple perspectives and share research-based and practical strategies that powerfully educate students to become knowledgeable, responsible, caring, and contributing members of society.

--Roger P. Weissberg, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Education, University of Illinois at Chicago