There’s more to student success than standards and test scores…
The modern view of student achievement focuses on high test scores, higher standards, and racing to the top. Thrive skills fit with new ESSA requirements to go beyond basic academic measurements in order to equip students for lifelong success.
Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford present a practical handbook that guides teachers and parents in fostering learners who are socially and emotionally healthy and prepared to undertake future challenges. Through practical examples, precise strategies, and specific tools this book demonstrates how to empower learners in areas that include:
- Using mindfulness strategies to help students tap their inner strengths
- Learning to self-regulate and control other executive brain functions
- Developing growth mindsets along with perseverance and resilience
- Cultivating a sense of responsibility, honesty, and integrity
- Encouraging a capacity for empathy and gratitude
Grounded in decades of psychological research, Teaching Kids to Thrive
merges academic, social, and self-skills to stimulate personal and school achievement.
"Teaching Kids to Thrive: Essential Skills for Success is a book that not only argues effectively for including social and emotional learning in every classroom, it also shows teachers how to do it. Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford demonstrate how SEL instruction can be woven into all subject areas at every level of preK-12 education. They descriptively outline what SEL-friendly classrooms look like, and they provide a wealth of tools and strategies for educators who want to teach beyond the standards. I recommend this book for new and veteran teachers alike who want to help students learn to thrive both now and throughout their future lives."
Todd Whitaker, Professor of Educational Leadership
"Hoorah! Here is help with the overlooked aspects of teaching that matter most. Don't just read it, study it, live with it, and you too will thrive."
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
John Lounsbury, Dean Emeritus
Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA