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There’s more to student success than standards and test scores… The modern view of student achievement focuses on high test scores, higher standards, and racing to the top. Thrive skills fit with new ESSA requirements to go beyond basic academic measurements in order to equip students for lifelong success. Debbie Silver and Dedra Stafford present a practical handbook that guides teachers and parents in fostering learners who are socially and emotionally healthy and prepared to undertake future challenges. Through practical examples, precise strategies, and specific tools this book demonstrates how to empower learners in areas that include: • Using mindfulness strategies to help students tap their inner strengths • Learning to self-regulate and control other executive brain functions • Developing growth mindsets along with perseverance and resilience • Cultivating a sense of responsibility, honesty, and integrity • Encouraging a capacity for empathy and gratitude Grounded in decades of psychological research, Teaching Kids to Thrive merges academic, social, and self-skills to stimulate personal and school achievement.

Introduction
Introduction
Why Teach Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Classroom?

In the world of school today, there is a relentless pursuit of attaining higher test scores. Educators and parents alike are caught up in the goal of gaining the competitive edge in making sure our students demonstrate specific academic competencies deemed crucial for later success in life. In the sprint toward these said capabilities, the pressure on educators, students, and parents is overwhelming. After all, mastering core curriculum is supposed to ensure our children’s entrance into better colleges and/or careers, guide them toward financial independence, and fulfill the promise of the ever elusive guarantee for better lives. But sadly, it’s just not happening that way.

The focus on a one-time winner-takes-all test environment often leads to ...

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