Remembering Rachael Kessler, Whole Child Education Pioneer


Soul of Ed Rachael PhotoEarlier this month, we learned of the passing of ASCD author Rachael Kessler. A pioneer in the field of social and emotional learning, Kessler is remembered here for advocating for schools that support the spiritual and personal growth of the whole child, not just academics in isolation.

For ASCD, Kessler cowrote the book Promoting Social and Emotional Learning: Guidelines for Educators and authored The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School and the December 1998/January 1999 Educational Leadership article “Nourishing Students in Secular Schools.”

Kessler committed her life to creating caring learning environments where all students can thrive and experience deep connection to self, other, and community. Her work lives on.