by William C. Morse

As the crowning creative contribution of his career, Bill Morse worked with editorial staff from the journal Reclaiming Children and Youth to publish this book. It shares Dr. Morse’s insights from over 60 years in the field. Its richly inspiring pages are valuable for anyone and also ideal for college classes or staff development.

by Larry K. Brendtro, PhD, Martin L. Mitchell, EdD, Herman J. McCall, EdD

Professionals with decades of experience working in the field, Brendtro, Mitchell, and McCall set out to demonstrate how combining brain research, human values and practice expertise can lead to success with at-risk youth.   Much has been written about educating and working with challenging children, but what’s often missing from those theories are what youth think and how they feel.

The Circle of Courage is a model of positive youth development first described in the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk, co-authored by Larry Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg, and Steve Van Bockern. The model integrates Native American philosophies of child-rearing, the heritage of early pioneers in education and youth work, and contemporary resilience research. The Circle of Courage is based in four universal growth needs of all children: belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity.


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