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



© 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

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
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
 
Index

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


"This is not just a book, but a call to action. It provides practical examples of how to change schools into learning communities for the personal and academic betterment of all students, teachers, and principals. The weaving of personal stories with important messages for educators makes this an important book to be used for professional development within schools. Having spent so much time in the last few years working on student achievement in high-poverty schools, it was a pleasure to once again read about what is truly important to student success."

Diane Barone, Professor of Literary Studies
University of Nevada, Reno

"Clifton Taulbert uses his charismatic writing and inspirational stories to convey a powerful message. Teachers and educators who are interested in bringing the Eight Habits of the Heart into their lives will find this book compelling and useful."

Douglas Fisher, Professor
San Diego State University

"This book will appeal to teachers, administrators, school board members, and those studying to be educators. Clifton Taulbert's style is both intellectual and down-home, and the book is organized for maximum effectiveness. It offers strategies without being strategy driven, is spiritual without being preachy, and provides opportunities for readers to look toward self-improvement while still feeling good about the progress they have already made."

John C. Hughes, Principal
The Joseph R. Drake School, Bronx, NY

"Eight Habits of the Heart™ for Educators is well suited for new as well as seasoned administrators looking to improve student achievement. New teacher mentoring programs would be an ideal place for many of the suggested activities. Weaving in the life experiences of the author creates interest and provides the reader with a sense that putting the habits in place is very possible."

Kay Lovelace Taylor, Principal Associate
KLT & Associates

“Clifton Taulbert has once again brought us a poignant and passionate story of help. He 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

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