Schooling for Holistic Equity:
How to Manage the Hidden Curriculum in K-12

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In my new book I combine the most thoroughly supported scientific model of motivation and engagement, Self-Determination Theory (SDT), with my analysis of successful holistic education to completely reimagine K-12 education.

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Don Berg’s book Schooling for Holistic Equity speaks to the need for every child to engage in learning that matters to them, find belonging, and know they can make a contribution. To have this kind of education be available for every child will be no easy feat. And, Don offers an important message we need to hear over and over again—education transformation is possible. 

Kelly Young, President, Education Reimagined 


Through the lens of psychology Don Berg’s book, Schooling for Holistic Equity, looks at the present day education system and simplifies what seems like an insurmountable problem.  How do we problem-solve rampant disengagement amongst not only the students but the staff as well?  His resolution to include psychological expertise at all levels, from policymakers to teachers is a simple, yet effective answer.  Afterall, if our goal is to make all things equitable in the classroom, should not mental health be included?  His research builds upon others to show that excitement around learning leads to a deeper understanding of topics, and this is only achieved if all involved feel the type of connection he describes.

Scott Frauenheim, CEO, Distinctive Schools


As a deep learning advocate and a parent of a homeschool family, Don Berg's new book, Schooling for Holistic Equity, resonates with me powerfully. In this book, Don diagnosed the disengagement problem widely experienced by students and teachers alike in the US schools from the perspective of psychology and human primary needs, and maintained that deeper learning only comes when students' primary needs are nurtured and met. His point was richly and convincingly illustrated using examples from multiple areas of disciplines such as Psychology, Medicine, and Physics. Grounded in profound knowledge in psychology and education,  and supported by practical evidence and suggestions, this groundbreaking book is a must read for all educators, policy makers, college education majors and parents with school aged children.

Dr. Houbin Fang, PhD., Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, Columbus State University

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