Acknowledgments ix About the Companion Website x 1 All Children Need Social and Emotional Well-being 1 Part I Self-awareness 11 2 Building Character 13 3 Practicing Mindfulness 37 Part II Self-management 53 4 Resiliency: Calming Fears and Anxiety 55 5 Independent Thinking 71 6 Self-regulating 87 Part III Social Awareness 107 7 Competing and Cooperating 109 8 Neither Being Bullied nor Being a Bully 123 Part IV Relationship Skills 135 9 Building Successful Friendships 137 10 Demonstrating Leadership 153 Part V Responsible Decision-making 169 11 Thinking Creatively 171 12 Thinking Critically and Wisely 189 Part VI Achieving Your Goals Even More Effectively 205 13 Getting Help with Your Efforts 207 14 The Future of SEL 221 References 229 Index 239
John S. Dacey teaches courses in creativity and human development at the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA. He also runs a practice as a licensed psychotherapist. He is the author of 14 books on the subjects of anxiety, creativity and human development, including Your Anxious Child (Wiley 2000). Lisa B. Fiore is Professor and Dean of Faculty in the Graduate School of Education, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She is an expert on social and emotional learning, giving workshops and conference presentations, as well as a licensed Early Childhood teacher. Steven Brion-Meisels (1949-2014) worked in schools for over 40 years teaching and writing about social and emotional development, peace-making, and building democratic classrooms. Among other accomplishments, Steven was a founding and long-time member of the Peaceable Schools and Communities Project and a founding member of the Social-Emotional Alliance of Massachusetts.