The authors draw from their work with teachers and students to address issues of social justice through the regular curriculum and everyday school life. This book illustrates an approach that integrates social justice education with contemporary research on students' development of moral understandings and concerns for human welfare in order to critically address societal conventions, norms, and institutions. The authors provide a clear roadmap for differentiating moral education from religious beliefs and offer age-appropriate guidance for creating healthy school and classroom environments. Demonstrating how to engage students in critical thinking and community activism, the book includes proven-effective lessons that promote academic learning and moral growth for the early grades through adolescence. The text also incorporates recent work with social-emotional learning and restorative justice to nurture students' ethical awareness and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.Book Features:
Guidance to help teachers move from classroom moral discourse to engage students in community action.
Age-specific lesson plans developed with classroom teachers for integration with regular academic curricula.
Detailed overview of moral growth with examples of student reasoning.
Connections between moral development and critical pedagogy.
Connections between moral development and digital literacy.
Connections among classroom management, school rules, restorative justice, and students' social development.
Insights drawn from research conducted within the Oakland Public School system.