Esteem Builder’s Teacher Guide, 2nd Edition


A K-8 Curriculum for Improving Social Emotional Learning, School Climate and School Safety

By Dr. Michele Borba

Book Excerpts 

Publication Date: 2003, Jalmar Press
ISBN: 9781931061353
Pages: 454
Trim Size: 8.5 x 11


The skill-building approach utilized is based on thorough research.  This highly acclaimed activity-driven program has been used with over one million students worldwide and proven to be effective.  Through the development of the five building blocks of self-esteem, students become self-empowered and capable of internally directing themselves, display stronger inner motivation and a “take charge” attitude; personal and social responsibility go way up while incidents of verbal and physical aggression decline.      Includes:

  • Interdisciplinary activities
  • Journal topics for Language Arts
  • Literature listings
  • Concept Circle cooperative activities
  • School-wide activities
  • Monthly theme program
  • Staff and student assessment tools
  • And more!

Dr. Michele Borba’s work is known internationally in the field of self-esteem.  Over 450,000 educators are using her methods.  For over two decades, Michele has researched and developed materials to enhance student and staff self-esteem.  Millions of students and teachers are benefiting from her expertise.


Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator and parenting and bullying expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s behavior, character, and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has presented keynote addresses on five continents, appears as a frequent national media contributor and is the award-winning author of 24 books. She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide. For more information or follow her on Twitter @micheleborba

Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator and parenting and bullying expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s behavior and character.  A sought-after motivational speaker, she is the award-winning author of 24 books.  More info:

9 reviews for Esteem Builder’s Teacher Guide, 2nd Edition

  1. Cathy

    “As part of our ongoing efforts to heighten the awareness of the dangers of gang life, we have worked closely with Dr. Borba’s materials. For two years, over 7,500 students were exposed to her program and the results have contributed to an overall reduction in violent crimes and school expulsions by 25.6{770fd07021abc2f278ec96b9cd07be8a0e21a36f1c8f220583e265db0c36f9f0}.”
    – Michael Scacco; Youth Diversion Counselor, GRASP Unit, Cathedral City Police Department, California

  2. Cathy

    “Michele, you have displayed your leadership in the field of education like no other. Your grounded approach and insistent on scientific review has displayed the clear success of your techniques.”
    – Senator John Vasconcellos; Thirteen District, California State Senate

  3. Cathy

    “Your insights and materials are certainly the most thoroughly research-based and documented of any we have received in the area of education.”
    Robert Ball, Executive Director, California Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem and Personal and Social Responsibility

  4. Cathy

    “Cross-culturally, Dr. Michele Borba has brought valuable insights to teaching professionals. Her parenting ideas have also been widely adopted by parent educators in Hong Kong.”
    – Ivan Yiu; Director, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Hong Kong

  5. Cathy

    “As I move around the country I am still hearing expressions of delight regarding your speaking tour. I have to say that in my experience as an educator who has attended many seminars I have never seen an audience rise to their feet in a standing ovation as I saw them do at the session I attended. New Zealanders are seldom prone to such displays of emotion! -Nola L. Hambleton; President, New Zealand Principals’ Federation

  6. Cathy

    “Thank you for all your help in making our recent television presentation, Everything You Wanted to Know About Self-Esteem and the People to Ask, the success we feel it was. I always enjoy working with you. You have so much to offer in the field of self-esteem and so much is gained from listening to your fine presentations.”
    – Alice Healy-Sesno, Ph.D.; ETN Network , Consultant, Los Angeles

  7. Cathy

    “Attainment Company, Inc. recently had the pleasure of working with Dr. Michele Borba on a video shoot. Having been doing projects with a comparable level of “talent” for sometime, as the producer of close to 50 feature documentaries, I have no hesitation in giving her my highest recommendation as a professional and as a human being.”
    -Tom Kinney, Producer, Attainment Company, Inc. Wisconsin

  8. Cathy

    “It makes my job so much easier when I have guests who are prepared to talk about the subject in a compelling and entertaining manner. As your enthusiasm and personality entered the picture, I believe my listeners really tied into your ideas.”
    -Darrell Ankarlo, Program Director, Success Radio, SW Network, New York

  9. Cathy

    “Sunburst Communications worked with Michele Borba in the development and production of the video, Self-Esteem: Elementary Level and was interviewed as an expert on the topic. She was excellent both on camera and off, and a pleasure to work with.”
    -Rebecca Goalby Fisher, Producer, Sunburst Communications, New York

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