Opportunity for Principal & Teacher Voice Re: School Culture Assessment (Elementary & Middle Schools)

Principals, teachers, and other educators, to participate in our online school culture validation study or if you have questions, please send an email to Christine Mason (cmason@edimprovement.org) with “Validation Study” in the title.  You will receive directions and a link to the online survey. Participating teachers who complete the validation study have an opportunity to[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Education’s Role in Nurturing Children in Finland

By Rachel Kelly, CEI Intern While the education system in the United States has created more competitive standardized tests and strict guidelines to ensure that American students keep up with the rest of the world, Finland is taking the opposite approach. Finland has eased up on expectations and standards, with less emphasis on testing and[…]

We Are Lacking a Realistic New Vision for Education

By Christine Mason and Maud Schaafsma On Inauguration Day 2017, we pause for a moment to ask our colleagues about their hopes and dreams for schools. In 2017 and the years to come. Peter Senge, the brilliant systems thinker from MIT and author of Schools that Learn, observed: “Aspiration does not come easily in most[…]