Classrooms, Compassion, and Contentment

By Meghan Wenzel, CEI Intern Ask someone to share his or her vulnerabilities, and you will likely receive a horrified look or nervous laugh. For most, vulnerabilities are weak spots, shameful imperfections to hide from others. But Brené Brown sees them differently. She sees the power in accepting our vulnerabilities and choosing to love ourselves[…]

Vulnerability, Shame, Courage, and Connection

Meghan Wenzel, CEI Intern, and Christine Mason In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown talks of masks, “The word persona is Greek term for ‘stage masks.’ In my work masks and armor are perfect metaphors for how we protect ourselves from the discomfort of vulnerability.” (p. 113). Sometimes our feeling of vulnerability arises from a sense of[…]

2019?

By Christine Mason 2019. 19 years into the 21st Century. During the past few weeks I have learned bulletpoint journaling. Have you tried it? If I am not careful I will forgo my tasks at hand and spend hours designing artistically beautiful journals so that my to do lists and notes are beautifully organized. It[…]

Leaders in Educational Research & Development Want More Robust Measures of Social Emotional Learning

By Dana Asby, CEI Intern Those who have spent time in a classroom know that children cannot begin learning when they are preoccupied with the sting of their friend’s harsh words, the anxiety over a remark a parent uttered at drop off, or the fear that their report card will earn them a spanking at[…]

S-CCATE: A More Effective Classroom Climate Measurement Tool

By Dana Asby & Daniella Rueda, CEI Interns Throughout the years, it has become apparent that content knowledge alone is not enough to prepare students for real-life issues such as decision making, managing emotions, building and maintaining positive relationships, and treating others and themselves with empathy and compassion. Principals and teachers dedicated to creating a[…]

Comparing Mindfulness Practices across the United States and Canada

By Lindsey Erin Feltis, CEI Intern, and Kaitlyn Butterfield, Canadian Graduate Student  When Christopher and colleagues compared mindfulness in the United States and Thailand, their research revealed important differences between the two countries, suggesting that Western and Eastern conceptualizations of mindfulness differ significantly (Christopher, Charoensuk, Gilbert, Neary & Pearce, 2009, p. 607).  When comparing mindfulness[…]

Natural Disasters and Post-Traumatic Resilience in Children

By Daniella Rueda, CEI Intern  As we come close to the end of hurricane season and as we consider the loss of lives and disruption produced in recent California wildfires, it becomes critical to discuss a topic that is often disregarded: The post-disaster trauma children experience. More specifically, what happens with children? How are their[…]