On Our Must Read List: Ecoliterate

We haven't read it yet, so we can't recommend it, but Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social and Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett, and Zenobia Barlow (Jossey-Bass, 2012) is definitely on our must-read list.

 The book explores what the authors call "engaged ecoliteracy" and highlights what educators, activists, and students are doing to integrate important ecological issues into their learning and citizenship. The framework is based on Goleman's previous work on emotional and ecological intelligence (his book, Ecological Intelligence, is required reading for IHE graduate students), and plugs into the current popularity of social emotional learning, expanding the definition to include ecological literacy. Bennett and Barlow both hail from the Center for Ecoliteracy, which offers resources and professional development opportunities for "schooling for sustainability."

Ecoliterate offers examples of students and educators grappling with important environmental topics from our energy systems, to food and water, and includes a section of professional development strategies for helping teachers implement these ideas in their own communities.

With the increasing popularity of environmental/sustainability education, and social emotional learning, resources like Ecoliterate can help provide strategies and ideas for paving the way to integrate comprehensive humane education into schools and communities.

~ Marsha

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