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The Magical Place We Call School: Creating a Safe Space for Learning and Happiness in a Challenging World

Updated: Mar 11

5 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

By Lee Greinge

Dr. Kathleen Corley's book "The Magical Place We Call School" is a riveting investigation of education's transforming ability in establishing a safe refuge for learning and enjoyment amidst the challenges of modern life. In this thought-provoking book, Dr. Corley blends her educational skills with a genuine desire to create excellent learning environments for kids.

One of the book's most notable aspects is Dr. Corley's ability to smoothly weave together educational theory, practical ideas, and heartfelt experiences. She delves into the core premise that a school is not just a physical venue for intellectual activities, but also a sanctuary where young minds are nurtured and the seeds of lifetime happiness and success are sowed.

The author emphasizes the significance of providing a safe and inclusive school environment. Dr. Corley believes that schools should be places where children feel appreciated, heard, and supported. She provides educators with tangible approaches for fostering a positive and affirming school culture, ensuring that every student thrives, using well-researched ideas and case studies.

Dr. Corley also discusses the issues students confront in today's fast-paced and demanding world. She provides practical guidance on how educators can build an environment that promotes kids' emotional well-being while both supporting academic progress.

Dr. Corley's own experiences as an educator deepen the book's narrative, allowing readers to engage with the topic on a deeper level. Her writing style is approachable, making complicated educational concepts clear to a wide range of readers, including teachers, parents, and education policymakers.

"The Magical Place We Call School" is a contemporary and meaningful addition to the discussion about the purpose and potential of education. Dr. Kathleen Corley promotes a holistic approach that goes beyond typical academic criteria, emphasizing the significance of nourishing the complete child—intellectually, emotionally, and socially.

To summarize, Dr. Corley's book is a source of inspiration for those looking to establish a pleasant and magical learning environment. It serves as a reminder that education is about more than just conveying knowledge; it is about preparing young minds to face the difficulties of the world with resilience, compassion, and joy. "The Magical Place We Call School" is a must-read for anybody who believes in the transforming power of education to shape the future.

About the Author

Dr. Kathleen Corley

Dr. Kathleen Corley is an award-winning educator, an authority on school culture, the charismatic principal at Red Cedar Elementary School in Bluffton, S.C. Renowned for her unique communication and management skills, Corley has a bachelor’s in music education from the University of Illinois, a master’s in music administration from Chicago Musical College, Roosevelt University, and a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois.

Chicago-born, Dr. Corley began her career in education as an elementary music teacher, and then transitioned to education administration to make a wider impact upon student achievement and school culture. She entered the administrative ranks as an assistant principal in Palatine, Illinois, then became an elementary school principal in Lynchburg, Virginia, Salem Massachusetts, and Bluffton, South Carolina. She was the founding principal at three of those schools, and has been an educator for over 40 years (and still counting).

Corley has been an assistant professor at Salem State University and continues to mentor principals. A life-long Cubs fan, Corley lives in Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband, Wayne, and dogs Wrigley and Fenway. The Magical Place We Call School represents her debut as an author.


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