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Unsmiling Faces:
How Preschools Can Heal, Second Edition

Lesley Koplow, Editor
Foreword by Vivian Gussin Paley
Pub Date: July 2007, 288 pages

Paperback: $29.95, ISBN: 080774803X
Cloth: $56, ISBN: 0807748048
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“A compelling argument for reframing our educational philosophy by putting children’s emotional health first.... Our psychic and cultural survival as a healthy and strong society may depend on educators making good use of Koplow’s work.”
Childhood Education (from first edition)

“By now, we must all realize that when we acknowledge and learn to deal with children’s emotional needs, in the classroom, we directly influence their social and cognitive development. Readers will find ample evidence of these connections as the lives of the children in this book unfold.”
—From the Foreword by Vivian Gussin Paley

“The vignettes are compelling, crisp, and profound. The authors provide excellent examples of the language teachers can use as they interact with the traumatized preschooler.”
Fern Khan, Dean of the School of Continuing Education, Bank Street College

The first edition of this indispensable book set the standard for high-quality intervention and prevention programs in early childhood practice. Since its publication, many new forces have impacted the landscape of early childhood education, presenting both great opportunities and great risks for today’s emotionally fragile young children. Once again making complex psychological concepts available to classroom teachers, this thorough revision:

  • Incorporates important understandings gained since the tragic events of 9/11.
  • Addresses many of the challenging issues that confront educators in the current high-pressure climate focused on academic performance.
  • Includes recent scientific research that supports the concepts underlying high-quality intervention and prevention in early childhood practice—concepts that were the basis for the first edition of this book.
  • Provides an essential framework to help teachers understand the emotional lives of the young children they serve.

Contributors: Judy Ferber • Virginia Hut • Beverley Dennis • Suzanne Abrams

Lesley Koplow, M. S., C. S. W. is a psychotherapist, the Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College of Education, and the author of numerous books on child mental health, including Creating Schools that Heal: Real-Life Solutions.

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