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This book re-casts the classroom teacher as educator/facilitator/guide. It is user friendly and empowers teachers to cultivate flexibility within their educational practice and to use their mind, intuition, knowledge, and the growing body of research available to identify where their students actually are and give them what they need, not what standards say are appropriate.
The theory, research, and discussion of social/emotional competencies is solid! This is what we need to make our case in public and conventional private schools. This book is timely and appropriate in that it meets schools needs and desires for culture and climate change, addressing bullying, social justice, and social emotional development while balancing those needs against the needs for research-based instruction and curriculum design and the requirements to meet state standards (in many cases).
I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing this work, particularly as a user of the previous book, as a facilitator, experiential educator, and teacher in a huge public school. I applaud the work Frank has done here, and am excited to see how she developed her work to keep up with where education seems to be headed. --Steph Frigon, MS Experiential Education, Director of Experiential & Challenge Course Programming, Cooperative Middle School, Stratham, NH

Journey Toward the Caring Classroom, 2nd Edition, brings to life all of the key concepts in teaching and facilitating healthy learning. It is an easy-to-read, masterful blend of theory and practice that will help any educator create a classroom full of engaged learners. A real treasure that is sure to make a difference in the lives of your students! The material is thorough, thoughtful and detailed in content and resourcefulness. I look forward to applying the new information to the team facilitation classes that I teach at Penn State! --Laurie McLaughlin, MA, Instructor and Program Director, Shaver s Creek Environmental Center, Pennsylvania State University

The original edition is being used extensively by both the national staff of Expeditionary Learning and by teachers and leaders in many of the 160 schools in our national network. The inclusion of not only the directions for so many great initiatives and activities, but Laurie s explanation of mapping the journey building the sequence and the value of debrief are supporting teachers in being successful. The climate/culture of a school happens either with intention by the adults in the school or by default with the students. Laurie Frank s book assists the adults in a school with the background, history, process, and scores of activities supporting a positive learning environment. --Scott Gill, Director of Adventure and Learning, Expeditionary Learning, former secondary science teacher, dean of students, and a district curriculum coordinator

Journey Toward the Caring Classroom, 2nd Edition, brings to life all of the key concepts in teaching and facilitating healthy learning. It is an easy-to-read, masterful blend of theory and practice that will help any educator create a classroom full of engaged learners. A real treasure that is sure to make a difference in the lives of your students! The material is thorough, thoughtful and detailed in content and resourcefulness. I look forward to applying the new information to the team facilitation classes that I teach at Penn State! --Laurie McLaughlin, MA, Instructor and Program Director, Shaver s Creek Environmental Center, Pennsylvania State University

The original edition is being used extensively by both the national staff of Expeditionary Learning and by teachers and leaders in many of the 160 schools in our national network. The inclusion of not only the directions for so many great initiatives and activities, but Laurie s explanation of mapping the journey building the sequence and the value of debrief are supporting teachers in being successful. The climate/culture of a school happens either with intention by the adults in the school or by default with the students. Laurie Frank s book assists the adults in a school with the background, history, process, and scores of activities supporting a positive learning environment. --Scott Gill, Director of Adventure and Learning, Expeditionary Learning, former secondary science teacher, dean of students, and a district curriculum coordinator

About the Author

Laurie Frank is a former public school teacher who has worked in the adventure and experiential education arenas for over 30 years. She began her career as a special education teacher in emotional disabilities, working with students of all ages. Her path diverged upon the discovery of adventure education and experiential methodologies. The need to develop a sense of community within the school setting was apparent, and the adventure philosophy seemed the perfect vehicle to achieve that goal.
Laurie is the owner/director of GOAL Consulting, working with people of all ages to create environments where everyone is invited into the process of working and learning together. Her major focuses are community building, collaborative leadership, experiential education, and Appreciative Inquiry. Workshops with Laurie invite engagement by constructing knowledge through experience and exploration.
Ms. Frank was a leader in designing the nationally recognized Stress/Challenge adventure program for Madison (Wisconsin) Metropolitan School District, and wrote their curriculum, Adventure in the Classroom, in 1988. Since then, she has had the opportunity to work with educators throughout North America and the world to explore experiential teaching and learning methodologies that honor people s commonalities and transcend the bounds of culture.
Laurie s passion is to facilitate human interaction, and to create environments where everyone is empowered. A few of her projects include: YEP (Youth Empowerment Process), Inquiry Institute with the Chicago Teacher s Center, and Collaborative Leadership: a project of the Wisconsin Leadership Institute. She currently serves on the boards of the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy, The United World College-Costa Rica and UWC Council, Students Abroad for Global Education (SAGE), and Recovery Acceleration then Competence and Excellence (R.A.C.E.) Academies.

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Laurie Frank is a former public school teacher who has worked in the adventure and experiential education arenas for 30 years. She began her career as a special education teacher in emotional disabilities, working with students of all ages. Her path diverged upon the discovery of adventure education and experiential methodologies. The need to develop community within the school setting was apparent, and the adventure philosophy seemed the perfect vehicle to achieve that goal.



Laurie is the owner/director of GOAL Consulting, working with people of all ages to create environments where everyone is invited into the process of working and learning together. Her major focuses are community building, collaborative leadership, and experiential education. Workshops with Laurie invite engagement by constructing knowledge through experience and exploration.



Ms. Frank was a leader in designing the nationally recognized Stress/Challenge adventure program for Madison (Wisconsin) Metropolitan School District, and wrote their curriculum, "Adventure in the Classroom," in 1988. Ms. Frank wrote Journey Toward the Caring Classroom (2004), an experiential approach to creating community in schools. She also collaborated on four other books: Games (& Other Stuff) for Teachers (1999), Adventure Education for the Classroom Community (2000, Revised 2007), The Mohican People, Their Lives and Their Lands (2008), and Leading Together: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership (2008). 

Laurie's passion is to facilitate human interaction, and to create environments where everyone is empowered.

A few of her projects include: YEP (Youth Empowerment Process), Inquiry Institute with the Chicago Teacher's Center in Chicago, and Collaborative Leadership: a project of the Wisconsin Leadership Institute. She currently serves on the board of the Hancock Center for Dance/Movement Therapy. 


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