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The School of Hope

The Journey From Trauma and Anxiety to Achievement, Happiness, and Resilience

By: Cathleen Beachboard

Backed by the latest research, The School of Hope encourages higher academic attainment and equity, inspiring a sense of deeper fulfillment for both students and educators. Featuring illustrations by Brian Bicknell.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071853849
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2022
  • Page Count: 192
  • Publication date: May 09, 2022

Price: $32.95

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Discover how to improve achievement, happiness, and resilience using the science of hope 

The current mental health crisis is driving many teachers to leave the profession while students struggle with engagement and anxiety. Trauma-informed coping mechanisms are helpful, but this book goes a step further by incorporating much-needed but often-missing support to help learners feel hopeful and provide educators with resources to care for themselves.

Based on research around the psychological science of hope, this guidebook provides strategies educators and school leaders can use daily to help students feel secure, build relationships, and improve academic outcomes. Included are practices and interventions that can be woven into classrooms and schools to foster mental wellness and happiness using

  • Classroom materials, tools, and reproducibles
  • Scientific resources to quickly assess and monitor hope
  • Simple plans of action to improve hope, engagement, and motivation
  • Vignettes from classrooms and the author’s own experiences with children who have experienced extreme trauma

Backed by the latest research, The School of Hope will encourage higher academic attainment and equity, inspiring a sense of deeper fulfillment for both students and educators.



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Cathleen Beachboard

Cathleen Beachboard is a teacher, author, and researcher. She writes and creates content for Edutopia and has been featured by TED-Ed. After adopting five children out of a case of extreme abuse and neglect, she has been on a mission to improve outcomes for those who experience trauma and anxiety. Cathleen has taught middle school English for the past 15 years. She also works as a part-time researcher holding an M.A. in Psychology. Her research focuses on psychological tools schools can use to help students and staff increase psychological hope, resiliency, achievement, and happiness. You can find her on Twitter @Cathleenbeachbd

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1-H.O.P.E. Makers: Trauma brain, society, and the power of you

Chapter 2-Healing: Safety, Coping, and Connections

     Safety: Trauma, safety, and fostering healing

     Coping: Strategies and tools to help daily interactions

     Connections: Building positive relationships and repairing trust

     Compassion for Colleagues: Building a healing culture of support

Chapter 3- Overcoming: Hope and Goals

     Hope: Using hope scores to foster resilience from setback, trauma, and ACEs

     Goals: Using The Learning Goal Cycle to build hope and success

     Compassion for Colleagues: Growing Hopeful Cultures for The Long Game

Chapter 4-Planning: Pathways, Belief, and Practicing

     Pathways: Possibility Blindness and Learning

     Belief: Using representation, social models, and environments to foster possibility

     Practicing: Creating and using pathways for problems

     Compassion for Colleagues: Pathways for problematic organizational practices and lack of support

Chapter 5 Energizing: Agency and Motivation

     Agency: Building agency with willpower strategies

     Motivation: Infusing intrinsic drive and positive mindsets

     Compassion for Colleagues: Supporting and motivating each other

Chapter 6: The School of H.O.P.E.: Patience, support, and connections for your journey