A Culture of Courage: Youth Speak, We Listen

By Melissa Patschke, EdD, Director, CEI Coalition for the Future of Education “Courage is the first of the human qualities, Because it is a quality which guarantees all the others.” ~ Winston Churchill As educators, parents, community members, why should we listen to youth? It’s much easier to tell them what to think and how
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Cultivating Mindful Self-Care to Bolster Confidence

By Kahlil Kuykendall, Gender Economist and Mindfulness Self-Care Instructor Our HeartMind e-News connects the relationship of heart centered learning and mindfulness to current research and circumstances. Our goal is to provide our readers with concrete opportunities to further implementation of heart centered practices in their schools and districts. These opportunities will include suggestions for reflection,
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With Compassion and Love Comes Goodness and Healing

Michele Rivers Murphy, CEI Associate Director of Heart Centered Learning Love and suffering are closely related, most certainly in the mutual intensity of emotion they provoke. As we have all experienced so personally in this past year, as deeply as we love, we also feel the depth of suffering that is part of our shared
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Equity Consciousness

By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director and Orinthia Harris, CEI Faculty Our HeartMind e-News connects the relationship of heart centered learning and mindfulness to current research and circumstances. Our goal is to provide our readers with concrete opportunities to further implementation of heart centered practices in their schools and districts. These opportunities will include suggestions
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Many Decisions: Building a Future with Our Hearts in Mind

By Christine Mason, PhD, CEI Executive Director Our HeartMind e-News connects the relationship of heart centered learning and mindfulness to current research and circumstances. Our goal is to provide our readers with concrete opportunities to further implementation of heart centered practices in their schools and districts. These opportunities will include suggestions for reflection, journaling, dialoguing,
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The Adolescent Experience in the Wake of COVID-19

By Michelle Hull, CEI Intern Imagine, for a moment, that you are fourteen years old, sixteen years old, eighteen years old. Transport yourself to the entrance of your middle school. Remember what it felt like to walk into your favorite high school classroom. Access how you felt when an important concept finally clicked. Remember it
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Courageous Conversations Part IV: Examining an Urgent Need for Change

By Dr. Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director, Kaela Farrise, CEI Program Assistant, Innovation & Research Support, and Kelsey Remeis, CEI Intern Educators, administrators, staff, parents, students, and community members bring their full selves into schools through their varying roles. These selves are shaped by the attitudes of those we grew up with and are in
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Holding America in the Cradle of Justice

Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) Statement on Racial Equity and Justice by Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director; Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation and Research Support; and Ingrid Padgett, CEI Director of Development and Communications Our hearts ache. In this moment, we are mostly sad, most of the time. We know that change is painful.
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