A year ago, Teaching with the HEART in Mind made it out into the world! After so many months of hard work, this dream finally came true and I couldn’t be more proud of the impact this book has had on thousands of educators around the world.
During the writing process and after publication, I often thought about this quote from Brené Brown:
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
This book was my way to show up and share with you what I learned from being a teacher, researching best SEL implementation practices, and supporting educators and schools to teach and practice HEART skills in every learning space.
SEL has the potential to create healing communities where children, youth, and adults can thrive. With this book, my hope was to inspire, affirm and support anybody who needed a little guidance to believe in this potential and create the necessary pathways to educate and lead wholeheartedly every day.
This first anniversary fills me with joy and deep gratitude for all the educators, like you, who have read, shared and used this resource to deepen their SEL commitment and practice. You have taught me that this is the work that matters, and this celebration is also for you.
These are a few of the highlights in the book’s first year: