by Linda Lantieri
Foreword by Daniel Goleman
In Schools with Spirit, fourteen respected
educators ask whether schools can nurture the inner life of
students without violating the beliefs of families or the separation
of church and state. For anyone who is concerned for the inner
lives of our children, Schools with Spirit inspires,
through deeply moving stories, about everything from the first
tentative steps toward fostering emotional growth in our children
to the bold movement of welcoming the spiritual dimension in
for Schools with Spirit
"These essays show what wonderful transformations
can happen when teachers are able to nurture spiritual and emotional
understanding as part of the lessons they teach."
-Marian Wright Edelman,
president, Children's Defense Fund
"This important book on teaching spirituality in American
schools may serve as a significant resource for school teachers
and administrators who want to help their students cultivate
a sense of spirituality. . . . Teachers who struggle to reach
this difficult equilibrium will welcome the wealth that these
essays have to offer."
- Samuel T. Huang, Library
"This book consistently encourages teachers to be courageous
and deeply engaged in teaching students, bringing their entire
selves, including their spirituality, to their teaching."
- Vanessa Bush, Booklist
"[Schools with Spirit] illustrates the importance
of meeting the emotional and spiritual-as well as intellectual-needs
of students and teachers."
"In times focused upon high-stakes assessment and achievement
of standards, it is critical to know that educators are equally
concerned with the emotional, social, and ethical growth of
students. This book is an excellent resource for all those who
daily help students form caring relationships, make positive
connections, and understand the strength of the human spirit."
-Vincent L. Ferrandino,
executive director, National Association of Elementary School