The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis

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Education is in crisis, but there is a way out. Schools can commit to contributive learning, so that all students learn how to add to the world.

The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis: A Guide to Contributive Learning in Schools is a story for educators, parents, and students about using your “powers”—your learning—for good. It can help you discover what it takes to contribute, and how to make well-being, meaning, and fulfillment the ultimate outcomes of all that you do. To get there, you just have to be a Detective. . . .

Like so many others in the city of Depthvale, the students at Clover K-8 School are struggling. A recent health crisis and a wealth of other challenges have lowered well-being, for many, to crisis levels. School isn’t giving them all that they need, and their teachers and parents are struggling, too. But as the shadow that looms over Depthvale darkens, one class of students starts battling back. Led by Kaia, Lucas, and their teacher Ms. Monica, and with the help of their families and the Clover community, the students set out on a journey of discovery that sees them become . . . the Depthvale Detectives! With sights on how learning can help them contribute, the Detectives face fear mongerers, naysayers, bullies, and even a villain of their own imagination, all to keep Crisis from ruling the world.

Authors Joanne McEachen and Matthew Kane’s years of experience leading educational change makes The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis not only a joyful and spellbinding story, but a powerful resource for leading school change. With its embedded five phases of the Change Team Experience and accompanying tools, insights, and strategies, school communities can embark on a collaborative journey that drives deep discussion, develops well-being, and lights up the path to contributive learning.

This beautifully illustrated tale of hope amid challenging times will reveal to readers education’s true purpose, show you the steps to create real change, and help you and all those around you discover the wonderful ways you can add to the world.

“This book marks a true meta-moment for schools­­, a chance to consider what your best school would look like, and to choose the behaviors that bring it to life.”

— from the foreword by Marc Brackett, Ph.D.
Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Professor, Yale Child Study Center
Author of Permission to Feel

The Depthvale Detectives uses the power of storytelling to connect readers to the change that is essential in education. Every educator will be able to read this, see themselves and their school, and begin to think about how they can truly contribute to their own school community.”

— Patrick Fisher
Principal, Meramec Elementary, United States

“The story of the Depthvale Detectives is gripping. . . . The book transcends all boundaries and becomes relevant to everyone who interacts with the education system.”

— Suchetha Bhat
CEO, Dream a Dream, India

“I would recommend this exploratory process for any educator seeking a renewed vision for teaching and learning.”

— Judy A. Fancher, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction, United States

“I found the way the story takes the concept of change management and change agents and brings them to life to be invaluable. . . . The Depthvale Detectives will help us move to a more inclusive school focused on well-being, meaning, and fulfillment.”

— Chris Dench
Principal, Kilcoy State High School, Australia

The Depthvale Detectives and the Great Education Crisis is out mid-August 2020. Click here to sign up for email updates.