The Heart of Education:  Bringing Joy, Meaning and Purpose Back to Teaching and Learning can be purchased online at and

Jack and Me

Dara’s love and knowledge of education extends well beyond the classroom and into our daily lives. The Heart of Education is an uplifting, passionate roadmap with strategies applicable in the classroom, the workplace and at home.”

-Ted Leonsis, Founder, Chairman, Majority Owner, CEO Monumental Sports & Entertainment

The Heart of Education takes a sincere and insightful look at the ways we ought to be cultivating thoughtful and compassionate students in our classrooms and homes. Dara’s candid reflection on her own journey is a compelling example of how one person’s commitment to a promise can have such extensive and positive ripple effects across our country. I read it in a night and implemented many of the strategies for building virtues the next day. Her natural narrative around character, coupled with practical strategies for implementation, makes it a go-to manual of how we build positive habits within our young people. A must-read for those pioneering Character Education in their schools.

- Mitch Bartkiewicz, Assistant Principal, KIPP Memphis Academy Middle School

“I am moved by what I have read. Such courage, honesty, and common sense!”

-Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President Montgomery College

“Dara Feldman reminds us that true education is much more than just standardized tests and memorized formulas. Developing a person’s character yields virtues and benefits long after that last diploma has been awarded.”

- Mark Hyatt, President and CEO of the Character Education Partnership

It’s fitting that the word HEART is part of the title in this book. No educator I know has a bigger heart than nationally acclaimed teacher Dara Feldman. She’s shown this for years while touching the lives of both kids and teachers. This is a wonderful and valuable resource that reminds all of us why we became teachers – to bring out the best in our young people.

- Hal Urban, Author – Lessons From The Classroom: 20 Things Good Teachers Do