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Building a Culture of Hope

Enriching Schools With Optimism and Opportunity

Research demonstrates that children of poverty need more than just academic instruction to succeed. Discover a blueprint for turning low-performing schools into Cultures of Hope! The authors draw from their own experiences working with high-poverty, high-achieving schools to illustrate how to support students with an approach that considers social as well as emotional factors in education.


  • Understand the relevance of Maslow's hierarchy of needs to K–12 education.
  • Discover tested strategies behind the success of high-poverty, high-achieving schools.
  • Access surveys that gauge the temperature of your school's culture.
  • Integrate the world of jobs and professional careers into academic curriculum.
  • Support students with tools to envision and plan for the future.
  • Define processes for building consensus and increasing collaboration.

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Chapter 1: Poverty Is No Excuse
Chapter 2: The Tragedy of High School Dropouts
Chapter 3: A Culture of Hope
Chapter 4: A Sense of Optimism
Chapter 5: A Sense of Belonging
Chapter 6: A Sense of Pride, Self-Esteem, and Self-Confidence
Chapter 7: A Sense of Purpose
Chapter 8: The Power of We
Chapter 9: A Culture of Hope at the High School Level
Chapter 10: Hope Fulfilled
Appendix A: Methodologies of the Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report Studies
Appendix B: Surveys of Students and Staff


Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 10


Appendix B