Part I: Five Mindful Habits for Families and Schools to Increase Happiness and Connection – Presence and Calm

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support This is Part I of a two-part series. Part II is available here. Stress can be toxic to the body and mind. When parents or teachers are stressed, they’re less likely to be well attuned to the youth in their care. Research shows that mindfulness
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Featured Fellow: Andrea Elliot – Bringing Compassion to New Hampshire High Schoolers

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support “Bishop Brady High School: A Caring Community” is on the sign outside this Concord, New Hampshire high school. Andrea Elliot, the principal of this small Catholic school that serves about 300 students, thinks her school’s foundational belief in the importance of loving one another—brother and
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Part II: Five Mindful Habits for Families and Schools to Increase Happiness & Connection – Compassion, Gratitude, and Reflection

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support This is Part II of a two-part series. Part I is available in the March/April 2020 edition of Compassion Action, the eNewsletter from the Center for Educational Improvement. The small choices we make and actions we take add up to make us who we are.
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Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder in Schools

By: Didi Dunin, CEI Intern  More than just the winter blues and the stress of report cards and exams, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a subtype of clinical depression that occurs during the winter months. Fortunately, there are ways to treat SAD and we should consider treatment options as early as possible so that youth
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Featured Fellow: Jaime Ela, a Maine Principal Implementing Trauma-Informed Learning in the Classroom

By Kelsey Remeis, CEI Intern Jaime Ela, a C-TLC Fellow, is a Pre-K-2nd Grade Principal at two Maine schools, Libby Tozier and Sabattus Primary Schools. Jaime, a second year principal in her Maine district, has continually worked to educate teachers about the benefits of building relationships within the school community. She has been shifting away
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Establishing Mindful School Communities to Bring Healing to Education and Beyond

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support As neuroscience research becomes more widely disseminated and “trauma-informed” is one of the hottest buzzwords in education, leaders are asking themselves how to integrate their epiphanies about what students and teachers need to succeed into the school communities they’ve long established. As more and more
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Visioning with Intention to Change the World by Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

By Dana Asby, CEI Director of Innovation & Research Support What do great schools have in common? What sets a successful school apart from a struggling one? Our decades of work in the classroom, consulting with school leaders, and looking at the research base have led us to conclude that one of the defining characteristics
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Destiny, Education, and Next Steps to Address Mental Health Challenges

By Dr. Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director The great existential and humanistic psychologist Rollo May, in the foreword to his book Freedom and Destiny (1999), writes, “Freedom is how we relate to our destiny, and destiny is significant only because we have freedom. In the struggle of our freedom against and with destiny, our creativity
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