"This is the finest book I have ever read on education and its transformations. Master teacher Launa Ellison brings current brain research to bear on her own profound, state-of-the-art teaching methods. Rarely has theory and practice been so brilliantly brought together. Every teacher, every parent, every citizen concerned about our children and their development should read this book."
"This book is chock full of good ideas for teachers by a master teacher! Ellison's knowledge of emotions and their importance is phenomenal. Especially good are the classroom scenes where she describes activities and students' reactions. The descriptions make the book sparkle and come alive."
"A must-read professional development book for all educators, in particular, classroom teachers."
"Launa Ellison is a pioneering teacher who has studied the scientific literature in psychology and neurology and sought to relate these findings to educational settings. In this new book, she shows how attention to the emotional and personal dimensions of students can help schools achieve their curricular and assessment goals."
"A marvelously well-written account . . . A solid combination of research and useful practices focused on the important area of developing personal/social identity."
"Filled with important new information from research in the neurosciences, human development, and learning. All teachers will be inspired and will learn much from this beautiful new contribution."
"Launa Ellison combines high expectations for all students with creativity, commitment, and compassion. Teachers who share those qualities will find this to be a marvelous resource."