EcoliterateHow Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence
A new integration of Goleman's emotional, social, and ecological intelligence Hopeful, eloquent, and bold, Ecoliterate offers inspiring stories, practical guidance, and an exciting new model of education that builds - in vitally important ways - on the success of social and emotional learning by addressing today's most important ecological issues. This book shares stories of pioneering educators, students, and activists engaged in issues related to food, water, oil, and coal in communities from the mountains of Appalachia to a small village in the Arctic; the deserts of New Mexico to the coast of New Orleans; and the streets of Oakland, California to the hills of South Carolina. Ecoliterate marks a rich collaboration between Daniel Goleman and the Center for Ecoliteracy, an organization best known for its pioneering work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological principles and sustainability into school curricula. For nearly twenty years the Center has worked with schools and organizations in more than 400 communities across the United States and numerous other countries. Ecoliterate also presents five core practices of emotionally and socially engaged ecoliteracy and a professional development guide.
Acknowledgments xiii INTRODUCTION: From Breakdown to Breakthrough 1 Five Practices of Emotionally and Socially Engaged Ecoliteracy 12 SECTION ONE: STORIES FROM THE FIELD PART ONE STANDING STRONG ON A COAL MOUNTAIN 21 1 Lessons from a Coal Miner's Daughter 23 Teri Blanton and Wendell Berry, Kentucky How to Mine a Mountain 25 Deconstructing the Meaning of "Cheap" 26 Why Can't We Go Out and Play, Daddy? 30 2 Taking a Power Trip 35 Spartanburg Day School, South Carolina Bringing "The Ecosphere" Down to Earth 36 What’s My Connection? 40 The Last Mountain 41 PART TWO FROM ANGER TO ACTION IN OIL COUNTRY 43 3 The Heart of the Caribou 45 Sarah James, Arctic Village, Alaska Top Ten Oil Producers 48 United States Is Number One in Oil Consumption 53 4 Beyond Whining 55 Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools The World's Most Important Energy Source 59 Classroom Exercise: Where's the Oil? 62 PART THREE SHARED WATER: MOVING BEYOND BOUNDARIES 63 5 Water Wars and Peace 65 Aaron Wolf, Mediator and Oregon State University Professor The Biggest (Hidden) Use of Water 67 Ocean Water in a Glass? 68 The Resilience of Water 71 6 From Restoration to Resilience 77 Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed, Northern California Freshwater Blues 81 The Rise of Dead Zones 82 The New Face of Water Pollution 84 PART FOUR NOURISHING COMMUNITIES WITH FOOD 87 7 Changing a Food System, One Seed at a Time 89 La Semilla Food Center, Anthony, New Mexico How to Feed Nine Billion 92 Test Your "Food IQ" 94 8 Forging the Food Justice Path 99 Tony Smith, Superintendent of Schools, Oakland, California The Rise of School Food Reform 100 The Curriculum Connection 105 Rethinking School Lunch 106 SECTION TWO: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES 111 9 Cultivating Ecoliterate Learning Communities 113 Guidelines for Engaging Colleagues Using Circles to Cultivate Deep Listening 118 Transformation in the Classroom 120 10 Reflection and Practice 123 Conversation Strategies for Getting Started Going on a Virtual Dive 127 Professional Development Sample Agendas 130 CONCLUSION: Hands-On Hope 133 Notes 135 Resources 155 Index 163 The Center for Ecoliteracy 171 The Authors 173
Daniel Goleman is an internationally known psychologist, former New York Times science reporter, and author of the classic Emotional Intelligence. Lisa Bennett is the communications director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, a longtime writer about the environment, health, and education. She is also a former fellow at Harvard University's Center on Press, Politics, and Public Policy. Zenobia Barlow is the executive director and cofounder of the Center for Ecoliteracy and coeditor of Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World.
Hopeful, eloquent, and bold, Ecoliterate tells stories of educators, activists, and students who embody a new integration of emotional, social, and ecological intelligence. Building on the success of bestselling author Daniel Goleman's emotional and social learning paradigm, Ecoliterate shows how educators are extending the cultivation of these essential dimensions of human intelligence to include knowledge of and empathy for all living systems. Through stories ranging from the Arctic to Appalachia and New Mexico to New Orleans, the authors reveal how education that engages in some of the most pressing ecological issues of the day advances academic achievement, fosters resilience, and helps school communities play a vital role in protecting the natural world. The book also includes a professional development guide and exploration of five practices of engaged ecoliteracy: developing empathy for all forms of life, embracing sustainability as a community practice, making the invisible visible, anticipating unintended consequences, and understanding how nature sustains life. Praise for Ecoliterate "One of the most urgent issues facing humanity is fixing our broken relationship with the earth, on which all life depends. To do that, we have to think, feel, and act differently. With vivid examples and lucid analysis, this powerful and persuasive book shows just how much inspired educators and students can achieve together. It should enlighten and invigorate schools and communities everywhere." —Sir Ken Robinson, creativity expert and author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything "Ecoliterate provides a veritable how-to guide for educators to creatively engage young people in the most important ecological issues of the day, helping them gain knowledge of and empathy for all living systems, which is bound to enrich their lives and protect the future of our planet." —Gail Connelly, executive director, National Association of Elementary School Principals
“In this pioneering book, Dan Goleman and his collaborators demonstrate—in vivid and compelling fashion—how education can be transformed through a synthesis of these intelligences.”—Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education "In the 21st century, we need a new relationship with nature, a redefinition of both environmentalism and ecoliteracy. Ecoliterate offers a roadmap for educators—and the rest of us—to that future, one based on empathy, kinship, natural intelligence, and hope. We're in their debt for showing the way."— Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods “Gutsy, eloquent, moving, Ecoliterate is a masterpiece of motivation and practical guidance. Yes, it is perfect for educators, but it is also perfect for students, parents, grandparents, and all of us yearning to contribute to life on our planet. Ecoliterate will help young people discover their own power—and that genie is impossible to get back in the bottle! I love this book.”—Frances Moore Lappé, author of EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want “Beautifully written, accessible, and urgently important, Ecoliterate introduces us to individuals and communities around the country who in very real, practical ways are demonstrating that a new world is possible. No harangue here; this is about hope, embodied in educating our children—head, heart, and hands—to deeply understand how to take care of themselves, their neighbors, and the natural world on which we all depend.”—Michael Ableman, farmer and author of From the Good Earth, On Good Land, and Fields of Plenty “To be Ecoliterate is to be equipped to be Earth Citizens, to reach our full potential as human beings. This important book shows us how."—Vandana Shiva, Founder, Navdanya International and author of Soil Not Oil “Timely, important, healing, and hopeful—Ecoliterate is a ‘must read, must implement’ guide to a healthy and sustainable present and future.”—Cheryl Charles, President and CEO, Children & Nature Network “The Center for Ecoliteracy has for years been a preeminent thought leader for how we can educate our children in a way that creates generations of earth-stewards. Ecoliterate is a much-needed guide for exactly how to accomplish this goal and includes great examples that demonstrate the success of their approach.”—Oran B. Hesterman, Ph.D., President and CEO, Fair Food Network