Daniel Goleman

Session Title: Focus and Emotional Intelligence in Education
Daniel Goleman's seminal research in Emotional Intelligence has engaged leaders in schools and educators in rethinking what is important for students, teachers and leaders. He states that emotional intelligence includes self-awareness and impulse control, persistence zeal and self-motivation, empathy and social deftness. These are the qualities that mark people who excel: whose intimate relationships flourish, who are stars in the workplace. These are also the hallmarks of character and self-discipline, of altruism and compassion. Emotional intelligence is not fixed at birth.

Goleman's argument gives new insights into the brain architecture underlying emotion and rationality. He shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. And because the emotional lessons a child learns actually sculpt the brain's circuitry, Goleman provides detailed guidance as to how parents and schools can benefit from this.

Bio:
Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and science journalist. Goleman reported on the brain and behavioral sciences for The New York Times for many years. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence was on The New York Times bestseller list.

Goleman is a co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (www.casel.org), originally at the Yale Child Studies Center and now at the University of Illinois at Chicago. CASEL’s mission centers on bringing evidence-based programs in emotional literacy to schools worldwide.

Goleman’s work as a science journalist has been recognized with many awards, including the Washburn Award for science journalism, and a Lifetime Career Award from the American Psychological Association.

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