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Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence

Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence

Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, Zenobia Barlow

ISBN: 978-1-118-22397-0

Jul 2012, Jossey-Bass

192 pages

$16.99

Description

A new integration of Goleman's emotional, social, and ecological intelligence 

Hopeful, eloquent, and bold, Ecoliterate offers inspiring stories, practical guidance, and an exciting new model of education that builds - in vitally important ways - on the success of social and emotional learning by addressing today's most important ecological issues.

This book shares stories of pioneering educators, students, and activists engaged in issues related to food, water, oil, and coal in communities from the mountains of Appalachia to a small village in the Arctic; the deserts of New Mexico to the coast of New Orleans; and the streets of Oakland, California to the hills of South Carolina. 

Ecoliterate marks a rich collaboration between Daniel Goleman and the Center for Ecoliteracy, an organization best known for its pioneering work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological principles and sustainability into school curricula. For nearly twenty years the Center has worked with schools and organizations in more than 400 communities across the United States and numerous other countries. 

Ecoliterate also presents five core practices of emotionally and socially engaged ecoliteracy and a professional development guide.

Acknowledgments xiii
INTRODUCTION: From Breakdown to Breakthrough 1
Five Practices of Emotionally and Socially Engaged Ecoliteracy 12

SECTION ONE: STORIES FROM THE FIELD

PART ONE STANDING STRONG ON A COAL MOUNTAIN 21

1 Lessons from a Coal Miner's Daughter 23
Teri Blanton and Wendell Berry, Kentucky
How to Mine a Mountain 25
Deconstructing the Meaning of "Cheap" 26
Why Can't We Go Out and Play, Daddy? 30

2 Taking a Power Trip 35
Spartanburg Day School, South Carolina
Bringing "The Ecosphere" Down to Earth 36
What’s My Connection? 40
The Last Mountain 41

PART TWO FROM ANGER TO ACTION IN OIL COUNTRY 43

3 The Heart of the Caribou 45
Sarah James, Arctic Village, Alaska
Top Ten Oil Producers 48
United States Is Number One in Oil Consumption 53

4 Beyond Whining 55
Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools
The World's Most Important Energy Source 59
Classroom Exercise: Where's the Oil? 62

PART THREE SHARED WATER: MOVING BEYOND BOUNDARIES 63

5 Water Wars and Peace 65
Aaron Wolf, Mediator and Oregon State University Professor
The Biggest (Hidden) Use of Water 67
Ocean Water in a Glass? 68
The Resilience of Water 71

6 From Restoration to Resilience 77
Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed, Northern California
Freshwater Blues 81
The Rise of Dead Zones 82
The New Face of Water Pollution 84

PART FOUR NOURISHING COMMUNITIES WITH FOOD 87

7 Changing a Food System, One Seed at a Time 89
La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, New Mexico
How to Feed Nine Billion 92
Test Your "Food IQ" 94

8 Forging the Food Justice Path 99
Tony Smith, Superintendent of Schools, Oakland, California
The Rise of School Food Reform 100
The Curriculum Connection 105
Rethinking School Lunch 106

SECTION TWO: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES 111

9 Cultivating Ecoliterate Learning Communities 113
Guidelines for Engaging Colleagues

Using Circles to Cultivate Deep Listening 118
Transformation in the Classroom 120

10 Reflection and Practice 123
Conversation Strategies for Getting Started
Going on a Virtual Dive 127
Professional Development Sample Agendas 130

CONCLUSION: Hands-On Hope 133
Notes 135
Resources 155
Index 163
The Center for Ecoliteracy 171
The Authors 173