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Six Pathways to Healthy Child Development and Academic Success
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Six Pathways to Healthy Child Development and Academic Success
The Field Guide to Comer Schools in Action

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May 2004 | 216 pages | Corwin
`In a refreshing departure from today's focus on academic testing, Comer's SDP is designed to foster the development of the whole child. In Comer's schools, children are taught not only academics but the skills and behaviors they need to be successful in school and in life' - Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus Yale University

Children and adolescents who enjoy healthy growth and development along six primary pathways are the students who learn well and achieve success in school and in life. But children from poorly functioning families and impoverished social networks too often find themselves without adequate preparation and support for the academic challenges that await them in kindergarten and the grades that follow. Believing that schools are uniquely situated to foster healthy development, renowned child psychiatrist Dr James P Comer and his colleagues at the Yale School Development Program (SDP) have dedicated 35 years to guiding students, schools, and educators toward academic success along the six developmental pathways of learning.

Michael Fullan
Foreword
Edward T. Joyner
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Child Development = Education
James P. Comer
1. The School Is Preventive and Promotive
Michael Ben-Avie, Edward T. Joyner, and James P. Comer
2. Essential Understandings of the Yale School Development Program: A Reference Guide to the Comer Process
Carmen S. Gonzalez
3. Schools in Society
Fay E. Brown and Joanne N. Corbin
4. Child Development Is the Foundation of Education
Valerie Maholmes
5. Promoting Youth Leadership Development in Comer Schools
The Yale Child Study Center Faculty
6. Children Must Be Taught to Deal with Anger
Michael Ben-Avie, Virginia Arrington, Morton Frank, and Robert Raymond
7. Children with Special Needs: Special Education and the Comprehensive School Plan
Nora Martin
8. Using the Pathways with Individualized Education Plans for Children with Special Needs
Michael Ben-Avie
Part II. Children Need Healthy Adults
Balanced Development

 
Development Into Adulthood

 
Miriam McLaughlin, Alice Huff Hart, Everol Ennis, Fred Hernandez, and Jan Stocklinksi
9. Teaming and Team Building
J. Patrick Howley
10. A Team Approach to Educational Change
Jeffrey German with J. Patrick Howley and Michael Ben-Avie
11. Establishing a Foundation: A Principal's View of Task and Process
J. Patrick Howley
12. It's All About Effective Relationships: Frameworks for Understanding Ourselves and Others
J. Patrick Howley
13. Three Guiding Principles for Interaction on Teams
 
Part III. A Time to Act
Robert A. Murphy
14. Children and Trauma
Robert A. Murphy
15. Children During Wartime
Grace Nebb
16. Children of the World: How We Created a Full-Service School
 
Index

"In a refreshing departure from today’s focus on academic testing, Comer’s School Development Program is designed to foster the development of the whole child. In Comer’s schools, children are taught not only academics but the skills and behaviors they need to be successful in school and in life."

Edward Zigler, Sterling Professor of Psychology, Emeritus
Yale University

Meets "the highest standard of evidence" for comprehensive school reforms that improve student achievement.

Review of Educational Research, 2003

"James Comer’s inspiration, dedication, generosity, persistence, and unflagging belief in the potential of every youngster, regardless of degree of risk or disadvantage, continue to be catalysts and models for those in the field who care deeply about children."

Maurice J. Elias, Professor of Psychology
Rutgers University

James P. Comer

James P. Comer, M.D., is the founder and chairman of the Yale School Development Program, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale Child Study Center, and Associate Dean of the Yale University School of Medicine. He has been the recipient of the Grawemeyer Award in Education, the John and Mary Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine Award, the Rockefeller Public Service Award, the Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education, the Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievement in Education, the Heinz Award for Service to Humanity, and  many other awards and honors, including 41 honorary degrees. More About Author

Edward T. Joyner

Edward T. Joyner, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of the Yale School Development Program. He served as the SDP's first director of training, was the original designer of the SDP Leadership Development Academies, and initiated university-public school partnerships to strengthen local school reform efforts. He is the architect of the SDP's systemic initiative to coordinate the work of the school board, central office, building staff, and the larger school community to create an optimal environment for teaching and learning throughout each school district. He currently oversees all of the operations of the Yale School Development Program and... More About Author

Michael Ben-Avie

Michael Ben-Avie directs the Impact Analysis and Strategies Group, which studies corporate, nonprofit, and government partnerships that promote youth development and student learning. He conducts national studies designed to evaluate the effectiveness of mentoring programs and psychological interventions on children's lifepaths. He has co-edited books about the Yale School Development Program with James P. Comer and colleagues, and has published numerous book chapters, journal articles, and reports on educational change initiatives, high schools, parent involvement, and the relationship between youth development and student learning. More About Author