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Ensure that all school decisions are made in the best interest of children and their success with this first-ever published field guide promoting child development and learning.

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Editorial Reviews

Edward Zigler
"In a refreshing departure from today’s focus on academic testing, Comer’s School Development Program is designed to foster the development of the whole child. In Comer’s schools, children are taught not only academics but the skills and behaviors they need to be successful in school and in life."
Review of Educational Research
Meets "the highest standard of evidence" for comprehensive school reforms that improve student achievement.
Maurice J. Elias
"James Comer’s inspiration, dedication, generosity, persistence, and unflagging belief in the potential of every youngster, regardless of degree of risk or disadvantage, continue to be catalysts and models for those in the field who care deeply about children."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412905091
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/12/2004
  • Series: Comer Schools in Action Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

James P. Comer, M.D., is the founder and chairman of the Yale School Development Program, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, and Associate Dean of the Yale University School of Medicine. He has been the recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in Education, the John and Mary Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine Award, the Rockefeller Public Service Award, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education, the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education, the Heinz Award for Service to Humanity, and many other awards and honors, including 41 honorary degrees.

Edward T. Joyner, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the Yale School Development Program. He served as the SDP's first director of training, was the original designer of the SDP Leadership Development Academies, and initiated university-public school partnerships to strengthen local school reform efforts. He is the architect of the SDP's systemic initiative to coordinate the work of the school board, central office, building staff, and the larger school community to create an optimal environment for teaching and learning throughout each school district. He currently oversees all of the operations of the Yale School Development Program and serves as the lead implementation coordinator for New York.

Michael Ben-Avie directs the Impact Analysis and Strategies Group, which studies corporate, nonprofit, and government partnerships that promote youth development and student learning. He conducts national studies designed to evaluate the effectiveness of mentoring programs and psychological interventions on children's lifepaths. He has co-edited books about the Yale School Development Program with James P. Comer and colleagues, and has published numerous book chapters, journal articles, and reports on educational change initiatives, high schools, parent involvement, and the relationship between youth development and student learning.

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Table of Contents

Foreword - Michael Fullan
Preface - Edward T. Joyner
About the Authors
Part I. Child Development = Education
1. The School Is Preventive and Promotive - James P. Comer
2. Essential Understandings of the Yale School Development Program: A Reference Guide to the Comer Process - Michael Ben-Avie, Edward T. Joyner, and James P. Comer
3. Schools in Society - Carmen S. Gonzalez
4. Child Development Is the Foundation of Education - Fay E. Brown and Joanne N. Corbin
5. Promoting Youth Leadership Development in Comer Schools - Valerie Maholmes
6. Children Must Be Taught to Deal with Anger - The Yale Child Study Center Faculty
7. Children with Special Needs: Special Education and the Comprehensive School Plan - Michael Ben-Avie, Virginia Arrington, Morton Frank, and Robert Raymond
8. Using the Pathways with Individualized Education Plans for Children with Special Needs - Nora Martin
Part II. Children Need Healthy Adults - Michael Ben-Avie
Balanced Development
Development Into Adulthood
9. Teaming and Team Building - Miriam McLaughlin, Alice Huff Hart, Everol Ennis, Fred Hernandez, and Jan Stocklinksi
10. A Team Approach to Educational Change - J. Patrick Howley
11. Establishing a Foundation: A Principal's View of Task and Process - Jeffrey German with J. Patrick Howley and Michael Ben-Avie
12. It's All About Effective Relationships: Frameworks for Understanding Ourselves and Others - J. Patrick Howley
13. Three Guiding Principles for Interaction on Teams - J. Patrick Howley
Part III. A Time to Act
14. Children and Trauma - Robert A. Murphy
15. Children During Wartime - Robert A. Murphy
16. Children of the World: How We Created a Full-Service School - Grace Nebb
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