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Future DirectionsFuture Directions for Inclusive Teacher Education  Edited by Chris ForlinAre teachers ready for inclusion? What is appropriate teacher education?Traditional approaches to inclusive education focused on learners with disabilities. Modern approaches, however, conceptualise inclusion in terms of providing educational equity and equality of access for all students within the same regular school system.

Future Directions for Inclusive Teacher Education provides a wealth of ideas about how to support teachers to become inclusive through the application of positive training approaches. Written by some of the most influential internationally acknowledged experts in teacher education for inclusion and highly experienced researchers, together the authors provide a plethora of ideas for teacher educators to ensure that their training is pertinent, accessible, and futures-orientated.

Community, the Structure of Belonging – Peter Block

This inspiring work explores various ways communities can emerge from the fragmentation that plagues modern society. Block examines a way of thinking that creates an opening for authentic communities to exist, and details what each individual can do to make that happen.

Walk Out Walk On, A learning journey into communities – Margaret Wheatley, Deborah FriezeAt a time when most communities’ resources are stretched past the breaking point, how is it possible to deal with the enormous challenges that families, neighborhoods, cities, regions, and nations face today? This inspiring book takes readers to seven communities around the world where the people have walked out of limiting beliefs and practices that precluded solutions to major social problems, and walked on to discover bold new ways to meet their needs. This book is a true learning journey, filled with intimate stories and portraits of the people and places the authors came to know through years of working together to transform their communities. The journey begins in Mexico, then moves to Brazil, South Africa, Zimbabwe, India, Greece and the U.S. The authors’ lives and ways of thinking have been transformed by these experiences and relationships – an experience they hope to recreate for the reader through vivid prose and photos. The reader will experience first hand how a change of beliefs about people results in new capacities and the possibility of a more healthy future.
How to change 500 Schools – Ben LevinNot long ago, public education in Ontario, Canada, was in deep trouble. Student achievement was stagnating, labor disruptions were rampant, and public satisfaction with the schools was low. In 2003, a new provincial government initiated a series of reforms that embodied a positive, outcome-focused agenda for public education. Today, student outcomes have improved, labor disruption has vanished, and teacher morale is high.In this book, Ben Levin, former deputy minister of education for the province of Ontario, draws on his experience overseeing these and other major systemwide education reforms in Canada and England to set forth a refreshingly positive, pragmatic, and optimistic approach to leading educational change at all levels.
Strengths-Based Engagement and Practice – Bob BertolinoThis new text lpresents a wealth of ideas and methods for using collaborative, strengths-based practice by social workers or counselors. It looks at the conditions, factors, and practices that most often lead to success in therapeutic outcomes and translates them into common-sense practical methods.Through in-depth discussion, client examples, clinical vignettes, and exercises the author shows  practitioners how to create a respectful attitude by becoming: culturally sensitive; collaborative; client infomred; competency based; and change oriented. It is based on decades of research  that have been demonstrated to be influential in therapeutic outcomes.
Emotional intelligence.Everyone knows that high IQ is no guarantee of success, happiness, or virtue, but until Emotional Intelligence, we could only guess why. Daniel Goleman’s brilliant report from the frontiers of psychology and neuroscience offers startling new insight into our “two minds”–the rational and the emotional–and how they together shape our destiny.Through vivid examples, Goleman delineates the five crucial skills of emotional intelligence, and shows how they determine our success in relationships, work, and even our physical well-being. What emerges is an entirely new way to talk about being smart.

The best news is that “emotional literacy” is not fixed early in life. Every parent, every teacher, every business leader, and everyone interested in a more civil society, has a stake in this compelling vision of human possibility.

Raising an emotionally intelligent child: The heart of parenting.Intelligence That Comes from the HeartEvery parent knows the importance of equipping children with the intellectual skills they need to succeed in school and life. But children also need to master their emotions. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child is a guide to teaching children to understand and regulate their emotional world. And as acclaimed psychologist and researcher John Gottman shows, once they master this important life skill, emotionally intelligent children will enjoy increased self-confidence, greater physical health, better performance in school, and healthier social relationships. Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child will equip parents with a five-step “emotion coaching” process that teaches how to:

* Be aware of a child’s emotions
* Recognize emotional expression as an opportunity for intimacy and teaching
* Listen empathetically and validate a child’s feelings
* Label emotions in words a child can understand
* Help a child come up with an appropriate way to solve a problem or deal with an upsetting issue or situation

Written for parents of children of all ages, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child will enrich the bonds between parent and child and contribute immeasurably to the development of a generation of emotionally healthy adults.

Resiliency in Schools: Making it happen for students and educators.Review:”A beautifully written book which should be read by all administrators, teachers, and parents concerned with the future of their children.” — Emmy E. Werner, University of California at Davis “A major contribution of Resiliency in Schools is its elegantly simple change process for instilling protective factors throughout the life of the school, [which] the authors describe and illustrate with the stories of schools they have worked with.” — Bonnie Benard, Prevention consultant –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The heroic client: A revolutionary way to increase effectiveness through client-directed, outcome informed practice.In this controversial book, psychologists Barry Duncan and Scott Miller, cofounders of the Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change, challenge the traditional focus on diagnosis, “silver bullet” techniques, and magic pills, exposing them as empirically bankrupt practices that only diminish the role of clients and hasten therapy’s extinction. Instead, they advocate for the long-ignored but most crucial factor in therapeutic success-the innate resources of the client. Based on extensive clinical research and case studies, The Heroic Client not only shows how to harness the client’s powers of regeneration to make therapy effective, but also how to enlist the client as a partner to make therapy accountable. The Heroic Client inspires therapists to boldly rewrite the drama of therapy, recast clients in their rightful role as heroes and heroines of the therapeutic stage, and legitimize their services to third-party payers without the compromises of the medical model.
Motivational interviewing: Preparing people for change.This bestselling work has introduced hundreds of thousands of professionals and students to motivational interviewing (MI), a proven approach to helping people overcome ambivalence that gets in the way of change. William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick explain current thinking on the process of behavior change, present the principles of MI, and provide detailed guidelines for putting it into practice. Case examples illustrate key points and demonstrate the benefits of MI in addictions treatment and other clinical contexts. The authors also discuss the process of learning MI. The volume’s final section brings together an array of leading MI practitioners to present their work in diverse settings.
Hold on to Your Kids.  Why parents need to matter more than peers.A psychologist with a reputation for penetrating to the heart of complex parenting issues joins forces with a physician and bestselling author to tackle one of the most disturbing and misunderstood trends of our time — peers replacing parents in the lives of our children.Dr. Neufeld has dubbed this phenomenon peer orientation, which refers to the tendency of children and youth to look to their peers for direction: for a sense of right and wrong, for values, identity and codes of behaviour. But peer orientation undermines family cohesion, poisons the school atmosphere, and fosters an aggressively hostile and sexualized youth culture. It provides a powerful explanation for schoolyard bullying and youth violence; its effects are painfully evident in the context of teenage gangs and criminal activity, in tragedies such as in Littleton, Colorado; Tabor, Alberta and Victoria, B.C. It is an escalating trend that has never been adequately described or contested until Hold On to Your Kids. Once understood, it becomes self-evident — as do the solutions.
The Mentors Guide to Promoting ResiliencyA Mentor¿s Guide to Promoting Resiliency combines the most current research studies, scientific findings, and brain-based strategies into a clear concise explanation of why life¿s failures occur, and what can be done to improve the probability of success for even the highest risk child and adolescent.
 Learned optimism: How to change your mind and your life.Known as the father of the new science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman draws on more than twenty years of clinical research to demonstrate how optimism enchances the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. Offering many simple techniques, Dr. Seligman explains how to break an “I—give-up” habit, develop a more constructive explanatory style for interpreting your behavior, and experience the benefits of a more positive interior dialogue. These skills can help break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier.. With generous additional advice on how to encourage optimistic behavior at school, at work and in children, Learned Optimism is both profound and practical–and valuable for every phase of life.
The optimistic child: A proven program to safeguard children against depression and build lifelong resilience.   Despite the increased focus on self-esteem over the past three decades, depression in children has continued to grow, now affecting a quarter of all kids today. To combat this trend, Dr. Seligman began the Penn Depression Prevention Project, the first long term study aimed at 8 to 12 year olds. His findings were revolutionary, proving that children can be against depression by being taught how to challenge their pessimistic thoughts.The Optimistic Child offers parents and teachers the tools developed in this study to teach children of all ages life skills that transform helplessness into mastery and bolster self-esteem. Learning the skills of optimism not only reduces the risk of depression but boosts school performance, improves physical health, and provides children with the self-reliance they need as they approach the teenage years and beyond. world of optimists is a bigger world, a world of more possibilities, says Seligman. Filled with practical advice and written in clear, helpful language, this book is an invaluable resource for caregivers who want to open up this world for their children.
Too safe for their own good: How risk and responsibility help teens thrive. Canadian children are safer now than at any other time in history. So why are we so fearful for them? When they’re young, we drive them to playdates, fill up their time with organized activity, and cocoon them from every imaginable peril. We think we are doing what’s best for them. But as they grow into young adults and we continue to manage their lives, running interference with teachers and coaches, we are, in fact, unwittingly stunting them.Internationally respected social worker and family therapist Michael Ungar tells us why our mania to keep our kids safe is causing us to do the opposite: put them in harm’s way. By continuing to protect them from failure and disappointment, many of our kids are missing out on the “risk-taker’s advantage,” the benefits that come from experiencing manageable amounts of danger. In Too Safe for Their Own Good, Ungar inspires parents to recall their own childhoods and the lessons they learned from being risk-takers and responsibility-seekers, much to the annoyance of their own parents. He offers the support parents need in setting appropriate limits and provides concrete suggestions for allowing children the opportunity to experience the rites of passage that will help them become competent, happy, thriving adults.

In many communities, we are failing miserably doing much more than keeping our children vacuum-safe. They are not getting the experiences they need to grow up well. An entire generation of children from middle class homes, in downtown row houses, apartment blocks, and copycat suburbs, whose good fortune it is to have sidewalks and neighbourhood watch programs, crossing guards, and playground monitors, are not being provided with the opportunities they need to learn how to navigate their way through life’s challenges. We don’t intend any harm. Quite the contrary. In our mania to provide emotional life jackets around our kids, helmets and seatbelts, approved playground equipment, after-school supervision, an endless stream of evening programming, and no place to hang out but the tiled flooring of our local mall, we parents are accidentally creating a generation of youth who are not ready for life. Our children are too safe for their own good.

—From Too Safe for Their Own Good


Donnon, T., & Hammond, W. (2007) Understanding the relationship between resiliency and bullying in adolescents: An assessment of youth resiliency from five urban junior high schools. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 16, 449-471.

Donnon, T., & Hammond, W. (2007) A psychometric assessment of the self-reported youth resiliency: Assessing developmental strengths questionnaire. Psychological Reports, 100, 963-978.

Web Resources

Aboriginal Youth Network – www.aycn.ca

Alberta Mentoring Partnership (www.albertamentors.ca)

Authentic Happiness (www.authentichappiness.org)

Big Brothers and Sisters (www.bbbsc.ca)

Canada’s commitment to cultural diversity (www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/ai-ia/rir-iro/gbll/…/index-eng.cfm)

Canadian Council on Learning (www.ccl-cca.ca)

Canada World Youth www.cwy-jcm.org/en/aboutus

Dr. Bruce Perry (www.childtrauma.org)

Harvard Family Research Project – http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement/publications-resources/family-involvement-in-school-and-low-income-children-s-literacy-performance

Heroes Program (www.impactsociety.com)

www.buzzle.com/articles/tips-on-improving-peer-relationships.html – Improving peer relationships

In the Lead (www.calgaryyouthjustice.ca/wordpress/programs/in-the-lead)

John Howard Society (www.johnhoward.ca )

The National Coalition for Family Involvement in Education – http://www.ncpie.org/

Dr. Gordon Neufeld (www.gordonneufeld.com)

Prelude Game (www.Heliotrope.com)

Resiliency Initiatives (www.resil.ca)

Sir Ken Robinson – (www.ted.com/talks/sir_ken_robinson_bring_on_the_revolution.html)

Dr. Michael Ungar (www.resilienceresearch.org)

United Way (www.unitedway.ca)

YMCA (www.ymca.ca)

YWCA (www.ywca.ca)

Youth Connections –( www.employment.alberta.ca )

Youth Social Entrepreneurship – www.SocialEdge.org/youth