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Using Hope As An Educational Tool

Are you holding out hope for the future? You’re not alone.

On Thursday's Up to Date, guest host Lorenzo Butler of the Kansas City Public Library talks with psychology professor Shane Lopez, who has made hope part of his advocacy for psychological reform in education to promote student achievement.  We also talk with Ruskin High School English teacher Cristin Blunt about whether or not she sees hope in her students' eyes.

Lopez's latest book is Making Hope Happen: Create the Future You Want for Yourself and Others.

HEAR MORE: Shane Lopez speaks this evening at 6 in UMKC's Pierson Auditorium, 5000 Holmes St. Click here for more information.

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D., is a Gallup Senior Scientist and Research Director for the Clifton Strengths Institute. He is chief architect of the Gallup Student Poll, a measure of hope, engagement, and wellbeing that taps into the hearts and minds of U.S. public school students to determine what drives achievement. Dr. Lopez has published more than 100 articles and chapters and nine books. These include Positive Psychology: The Scientific and Practical Explorations of Human Strengths, winner of the Sage Press Book of the Year Award (with C.R. Snyder and Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti); The Handbook of Positive Psychology (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychological Assessment: A Handbook of Models and Measures (with C.R. Snyder); Positive Psychology: Exploring the Best in People; The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology; and The Psychology of Courage: Modern Research on an Ancient Virtue (with Cynthia Pury). His book, Making Hope Happen, which details how hope can be learned and spread to others, will be published in March 2013. Dr. Lopez is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He was a professor of psychology and education for a decade at the University of Kansas.