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Creating a Self-Directed Learning Environment

Standards-Based and Social-Emotional Learning

By: Greg Mullen

This flexible framework, grounded in research, helps schools build on the strengths of existing programs to successfully implement standards-based learning, social-emotional learning, and cognitive development.
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544384245
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2019
  • Page Count: 184
  • Publication date: December 10, 2019

Price: $39.95

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Educate the whole child—improve the whole school.

Implementing evidence-based and innovative teaching practices can feel like juggling: If you have standards-based learning in one hand and social-emotional learning in the other, what do you do with cognitive development? This book shows you how to balance all 3, combining these concepts into manageable, realistic plans for success.

In clear, easy-to-follow language, master teacher and educational expert Greg Mullen introduces a flexible, three-tiered, visual framework designed for schoolwide collaboration. He also offers:

• An integrated philosophy focused on self-directed learning and the whole child
• Research sourced from CASEL and state programs and initiatives
• Attention to academic inclusion, behavior intervention, and classroom management
• Numerous illustrations, tables, and graphics
• Tools and supplemental resources for implementation

Make innovation work for your school. With this guide, you and your colleagues will build on your strengths, discover the potential of your existing programs, and implement smart changes that make a real difference for students.


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Greg Mullen

Greg Mullen is a credentialed educator that has spent the past few years developing an approach toward standards-based education through a lens of social-emotional learning. Inspired by his years as a classroom teacher in California public, private, and charter schools, his focus now is helping schools, teachers, and families troubleshoot obstacles in personalizing education. He enjoys spending his spare time researching across academic disciplines and occasionally performing as a rock musician. Having released his first book, Creating a Self Directed Learning Environment, he continues to write and speak on topics of personalizing education across the country. Learn more about his work at
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Author


     Exploring the Core

     When Everything Was Perfect

     Perfect Circles Have No Beginning


Chapter 1: Standards-Based Grading

     Teacher Mastery of Standards

     Standards and Grading

     Defining Proficiency

     Adapting Assessments

     Reporting Proficiency

     Curricula and Resources

Chapter 2: Social-Emotional Learning

     Self-Awareness and Management

     Social-Awareness and Relationships

     Societal Responsibility

Chapter 3: Cognitive and Psychosocial Human Development

     Cognitive Human Development

     Psychosocial Human Development

     Developmental Mindset

     Special Education


Chapter 4: Self-Directed Learning

     Identifying Growth Versus Proficiency

     Make a Plan (SMART Goals)




Chapter 5 (Part 1): Behavioral Coaching

     Changing Role of the Classroom Teacher

     General Behavior Expectations

     Behavioral Coaching [In-Class Approach]

Chapter 5 (Part 2): Behavioral Inclusion and Intervention

     Behavioral Inclusion

     Behavioral Intervention [School-Wide Approach]

Chapter 6: Academic Inclusion and Intervention

     Academic Inclusion

     Differentiation for an Inclusive Model

     Standards-Based Differentiation

     Tiers of Academic Inclusion

     Tiers of Developmental Inclusion

     Academic Intervention


     Adopt and Adapt

     Quotes to Consider

Sources of Motivation (Resources and Citations)