Stacy Pulice

The 4 C's

I originally developed the concept of the 4 C’s in the context of childhood education, outlined in my latest book called Listen to the Children. Their purpose: to nurture the psychological and emotional wellbeing of students and teachers, to cultivate a passion for lifelong learning, and to promote sustainable educational environments that develop the whole person.

Just as these innovative practices can create more sustainable classrooms, they can foster a more sustainable climate. Applied to environmental advocacy, the 4 C’s are a means of promoting climate truth and fostering positive action in service of planetary healing.

Care:

Demonstrating a humanistic, caring approach that fosters loving concern between educators and students and between the students themselves

Connection:

Cultivating interpersonal connection in the classroom, which supports curiosity and openness to learning

Community:

Assuring that students feel they belong to a community with shared positive values, which are emphasized as a crucial part of their education

Choice:

Trusting and supporting students as they make choices and take risks to develop their passions

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