Racism, White Supremacy, & Neo-Nazism

By Christine Mason When will the evil of racism, white supremacy, and neo-nazism end?  How have the extremists groups supporting such bigotry and hate operated in the U.S. historically? How are these topics handled in classrooms in America? Are we having adequate discussions with our students? The Rev. William Gardner wrote about these issues in 2009, saying,[…]

Hatred and Violence Must End

By Christine Mason   Heather Heyer, a 32-year old legal assistant, was killed and 19 were injured when a white supremacist from Ohio rammed his car into the group of counter-protestors at the site of a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Heather’s mother, Susan Bro, told MSNBC that Heather had been “passionate about[…]

PeaceJam: A Program To Reduce Bullying and Further Compassion

By Nicole Colchete, CEI Intern What Is PeaceJam? Over 1.25 million students have participated in PeaceJam clubs since it began in 1996.  During that time 14 Nobel Peace prize winners have facilitated 31 million peace projects in 39 countries. PeaceJam is a program that reduces bullying without directly discussing bullying. Rather, Peacejam uses compassion training[…]

ESSA, First Round Feedback

By Adriana Jarquin, CEI Intern As the transition period for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) comes to an end, states are beginning to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year by submitting their new education plans to the U.S. Department of Education. All states are required to submit new accountability plans to be peer reviewed[…]

Does Summer Break Help or Hurt Students?

By Rachel Kelly, CEI Intern Ed. Note: You know the routine. In the suburbs, parents, and particularly working moms, line up summer camps and classes. Parents with fewer resources do the best that they can to make sure children are supervised in the summer. Summer breaks, a mainstay of American education. Only a few weeks[…]

CEI to Present at Principals Conference July 11 in Philadelphia

By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director Mindfulness: Healing Trauma with the School Compassionate Culture Analytic Tool in Heart Centered Learning Communities Tuesday, July 11, 7:30-8:45 am, Room 103B at the National Principals Conference in Philadelphia, PA Participants engage in exercises to learn about trauma, mindfulness and S-CCATE (School Compassionate Cultural Analytic Tool for Educators) as[…]

CEI Presents at Syracuse Early Care Conference

Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director, and Orinthia Harris, CEI STEM presenter, delivered two CEI workshops at the Early Care & Education Conference, sponsored by SUNY, on June 8 and 9, in Syracuse New York. As part of CEI’s STEM Road Show, Ms. Harris spoke on Early Childhood STEM and Robotics. At her session, enthusiastic participants[…]

ESSA, Historical Antecedents & the Future of Education

By Rachel Kelly, CEI Intern Where are we headed with ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act) with the Trump Administration? Will ESSA bring about the much needed relief that will help teachers and students find balanced lives again?  Or will the pressure to achieve continue? At a time when Finland is easing up on its[…]