'HOPE' photo (c) 2010, Rupert Ganzer - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

Recently, there been some public attention paid to the idea of helping students develop “hope” and also being able to measure it. I don’t know if I’m entirely convinced that it makes sense to treat this idea as a separate and distinct part of Social Emotional Learning (obviously, it’s part of so many other SEL elements), but I’ve got an open mind and am just beginning to look into it.

I thought I’d create a beginning “The Best…” list on the topic, and invite readers to contribute additional resource.

Also, I’m in the middle of re-watching the movie “Enemies At The Gate,” which I thought had a great scene highlighting the value of hope. I suspect I wouldn’t use a clip from that movie to inspire students (though I’m tempted to use it, though it would be in bad taste, as an allegory illustrating how some “school reformers” might prefer to evaluate teachers), but I couldn’t resist including it.

Here are my choices for The Best Posts & Videos On “Hope”:

Montgomery County measuring ‘hope’ to help improve academic success in schools is from The Washington Post.

How Hope Works is from TIME.

The Hope Survey

Very Interesting: Poll Finds That Students’ Feeling Engaged & Hopeful Are Top Indicators Of Successful School

“What Is Your Hope?” Video – Idea For First Day Of School Activity?

Here’s another interesting conversation transcript: Angela Duckworth and Pete Carroll Discuss Grit and the Science of Hope.

How to Help Students Believe in Themselves is from Greater Good Magazine.

In Schools, Finding Hope at a Hopeless Time is from Edutopia.

The New Science of Hope is from The Atlantic.

You can find all my other SEL-related “Best” lists, along with 1,200 others ones, here.