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EdutopiaSeptember 11, 2009

Every September 11, I read a news story that connects me to the grief of a stranger. Today, it was one about Alissa Torres, a woman widowed on 9/11 who still clings tightly to her dream that there was, somehow, beauty in her husband's death.

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Maurice EliasJune 17, 2009

I have found myself drawn to the topic of systematically fostering civic engagement in youth, especially high school and college-age students.

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Dr. Katie KlingerJune 11, 2009

Society today seems more likely than ever to accept the idea of holistic solutions to educational and community problems. Each day, foundations are created to reach out to populations that are unable and unprepared to empower themselves.

Society today seems more likely than ever to accept the idea of holistic solutions to educational and community problems. Each day, foundations are created to reach out to populations that are unable and unprepared to empower themselves. Read More

Suzie BossMay 28, 2009

When New York City's 1.1 million public school students return from summer vacation, they can look forward to rolling up their sleeves and getting busy improving the world, or at least their corner of it.

When New York City's 1.1 million public school students return from summer vacation, they can look forward to rolling up their sleeves and getting busy improving the world, or at least their corner of it. Read More

Elena AguilarApril 24, 2009

There was a fight at my school last week, a big, ugly fight in the street just after students were dismissed for the day. Some older relatives of the girl who instigated the fight were involved. Dozens, perhaps even hundreds of students, gathered around to watch.

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Maurice EliasMarch 19, 2009

Is music important in your life? Is it important in your kids' lives? Is there a reason so many children walk around with an iPod?

Is music important in your life? Is it important in your kids' lives? Is there a reason so many children walk around with an iPod? Read More

Elena AguilarMarch 12, 2009

Manuel -- a former student -- called me a few nights ago. For two years, I'd been trying to find out what had happened to him; I'd heard only rumors.

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Maurice EliasJanuary 22, 2009

There's more than one way to make a delicious bread, soup, or stew. Similarly, there is not just one recipe for reducing risk in students' lives. But there do seem to be some essential ingredients to the process.

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Maurice EliasDecember 23, 2008

People often ask me what evidence there is to support the view that our schools should promote social, emotional, and character development in our students. They seem especially interested in whether SECD actually helps shape the character and behavior of students over time.

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Maurice EliasNovember 25, 2008

You go to conferences and other professional-development experiences, check Web sites, read blogs, and participate in teleseminars and webinars. You gain great insight and knowledge, and you notice that many, if not most, of your colleagues have not shared this experience with you. How do you communicate this back at your home-school setting?

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