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Eight Habits of the Heart™ for Educators

Eight Habits of the Heart™ for Educators
Building Strong School Communities Through Timeless Values

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February 2006 | 152 pages | Corwin

"Clifton Taulbert has once again brought us a poignant and passionate story of help, and offers some powerful, practical solutions for improving schools and communities at the level of parents, educators, and community members."
-Gloria Ladson-Billings, Kellner Family Chair in Urban Education
University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Taulbert unselfishly offers educators a practical approach to building strong school communities in a time when we are bombarded by demanding legislation, complex theory and endless assessments for measuring quality learning. Eight Habits takes us on a refreshing, personable and sensible journey toward school improvement."
-Glenn E. Singleton, Executive Director, Pacific Educational Group

"Clifton Taulbert eloquently captures the heart and soul of those who are called to serve humanity as teachers and leaders, and challenges each of us to be mindful of the enormous responsibility of nurturing our youngest citizens-the future trustees of our communities and our nation."
-Deborah B. Reeve, Deputy Executive Director
National Association of Elementary School Principals

"Eight Habits of the Heart for Educators is a fascinating, refreshing, entertaining, and, most importantly, informative book. It provides clear, concrete illustrations of how to develop a list of desired qualities in a school community."
-Kofi Lomotey, Senior Fellow
American Association of State Colleges & Universities

Find a renewed sense of purpose and mission by using the Eight Habits of the Heart!

How can we provide all our students with a first-class education with all the obstacles and challenges faced by today's schools? Based on his experiences growing up in the Mississippi Delta during the era of segregation, Clifton Taulbert shares time-honored principles that can transform the lives of the teachers, students, administrators, and staff within the school.

Through moving and inspirational stories, Taulbert explains the Eight Habits-nurturing attitude, dependability, responsibility, friendship, brotherhood, high expectations, courage, and hope-and how educators can implement them into their own lives and the life of their school.

This reader-friendly guide empowers educators with:

  • Real-life examples of educators successfully implementing the Eight Habits of the Heart
  • Intentional strategies and application sections to apply each habit in your classroom and school
  • Insightful reflective questions and personal assessments

Eight Habits of the Heart™ for Educators is a wonderful resource for principals, teacher leaders, professional developers, and study groups.

Clifton Taulbert is the president and founder of The Building Community Institute. He is the author of the awarding winning, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored and Eight Habits of the Heart.
See Facilitator's Guide to Eight Habits of the Heart for Educators

About the Author
1. Building Community . . . The Foundation for Excellence
2. Building Community . . . The Human Touch
3. Building Community . . . Life Lessons From the Mississippi Delta
4. Nurturing Attitude: The First Habit of the Heart
5. Responsibility: The Second Habit of the Heart
6. Dependability: The Third Habit of the Heart
7. Friendship: The Fourth Habit of the Heart
8. Brotherhood: The Fifth Habit of the Heart
9. High Expectations: The Sixth Habit of the Heart
10. Courage: The Seventh Habit of the Heart
11. Hope: The Eighth Habit of the Heart
12. Building Community . . . Sustaining the Excellence

"Once again, Clifton Taulbert has reached the hearts and souls of people from all walks of life. He is an inspiration to educators, parents, and children. Clifton Taulbert is a true leader of the 21st century."

Mary Anne Haas, Executive Assistant to the President
International Schools Services

"Taulbert has written specifically to educators in this new volume, melding his experience with community building in business and government to his work with educators. The core of his message is building community and engaging in selfless service to students, who are our future. His message in general and in this book for educators is inspirational, relevant, and transformative. Taulbert knows what matters to us, to our children, and to the future of our society."

Marvin W. Berkowitz, Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education
University of Missouri-St. Louis

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