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Start With the Heart

Igniting Hope in Schools Through Social and Emotional Learning
Jumpstart conscientious connections in your school community and create a foundation for trust that allows students and educators to feel appreciated, effective, and productive.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544352824
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 168
  • Publication date: March 27, 2019

Price: $28.95



Start with the heart to build a school climate in which achievement will flourish.

You can build an empathetic school culture that promotes genuine acceptance of one another, an appreciation for diversity, and an intrinsic desire to contribute and grow academically—a school environment that is inviting, positive, and engaging!

In this easy-to-read, inspiring book, educational consultant and former high school principal Michelle Trujillo shows how positive school culture is anchored in social and emotional learning as a way of being. Through explanation, personal anecdotes, and the demonstration of problem-solving through intentional connection, she guides educators to explore their own SEL aptitudes. In doing so, she inspires a schoolwide investment in a philosophy of connection—with students and each other—that ignites a climate in which every individual is seen, heard, and valued, and academic achievement has an opportunity to thrive for all.

Drawing in readers through story and reflection, the book defines the challenges educators face and offers ample tools, strategies, and solutions for integrating 5 SEL competencies into schools. It includes

  • Concrete examples of relationship-building in action in schools by modeling, integrating and explicitly teaching social and emotional learning (SEL) to students
  • Practical, evidence-based strategies for explicit teaching of each SEL competency to students
  • Opportunities for reflection, brainstorming, and classroom planning
  • Stories that bring the student experience of empathetic school culture to life
  • References to programs and practices that meet Tier 1 and 2 evidence-based curriculum requirements.

Jumpstart conscientious connections in your school community and create a foundation for trust that allows students and educators to feel appreciated, effective, and productive.

“This is a powerful and moving resource to inspire every educator who wants to make a difference!"
– Eric Jensen, Author, Brain-Based Learning and Teaching With the Brain in Mind



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Michelle L. Trujillo

Michelle Trujillo is passionate about igniting hope in schools and the workplace! She is known to make a tangible, sustainable, and positive difference through her books, speaking and interactive workshops. Michelle shares enthusiasm, experience, and applicable take-aways with her audience. Her sincerity, enthusiasm and expertise are contagious and substantial. Named Nevada's 2016 Innovative Educator of the Year, Michelle has appeared on television (including Oprah) and radio stations across the nation as a guest expert. A life-long educator, Michelle is the author of Start With the Heart: Igniting Hope in Schools through Social and Emotional Learning, Why Can't We Talk; What Teens Would Share if Parents Would Listen, and Chicken Soup for the Soul presents Teens Talkin' Faith. Michelle is the Co-Founder of The Center for Learning and Well-Being and she invites you to visit www.centerforlearningandwellbeing.org for resources and professional learning opportunities.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Preface: Ignite Hope Now!

About the Author

Introduction. Social, Emotional, and Academic Development: A Way of Being

Chapter 1. It’s About the People: A “Meeting Them Where They Are” Mentality

Chapter 2. A Foundation of Love: 7 Keys of Connection

Chapter 3. Self-Awareness: Who Am I? An Essential Question

Chapter 4. Self-Management: Feeling It, Without Losing It

Chapter 5. Social Awareness: Seeing From the Inside Out

Chapter 6. Relationship Skills: The Significance of Being Seen and Heard

Chapter 7. Responsible Decision Making: The Power of Choice

Chapter 8. Modeling: It Starts With Us






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