Poverty – What is a Compassionate Response?

by Christine Mason Editors Note: in 2016-2017, CEI took a deep look at hunger and food scarcity. Over several months, we conducted background research, wrote blogs, posted eArticles in Wow! Ed, and even held a competition to stimulate classroom investigations and projects.  This year we are turning to Poverty, with a similar in-depth dive. Poverty?[…]

11 Award Winners and More Opportunities – Validation Study Continuing

By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director and Paul Liabenow, CEI President A huge, huge thanks to all who have responded to our Compassionate Schools Validation Study. Round 1 ended yesterday and we are starting Round 2 today, with more opportunities for your input — once again we will be awarding 11 Amazon gift cards.   Click here to[…]

Last 7 days! Please take 15 min. for Compassion

By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director Where do you see schools in 5 to 10 years? What matters to you? If you care about children and what schools can do to help them, please take 12-15 minutes to help us validate the S-CCATE (School- Compassionate Culture Analytic Tool for Educators). Click here to begin the survey. Principals, please[…]

MLK, Justice, and Compassionate Schools

By Christine Mason The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Today we honor a great leader. In 1947, while a student at Morehouse College, Dr. King admonished educators to focus on more than just knowledge and[…]

Respond Now: Help Validate our School Compassionate Culture Survey

Please take 12-15 minutes to help validate our school climate scale. We are looking for K-8 teachers to respond. School leaders please forward to teachers at your school or district! Our sincere thanks to teachers from 21 states, DC, and one Latin American Country who have already responded. $750 in prizes to be awarded. Jan.[…]

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[…]

Conquering Bullying Through Emotional Learning

Editor’s Note: Please see the previous blog post about Peace Jam By Nicole Colchete, CEI Intern One powerful way to prevent bullying is to educate students about diversity and guide students in thinking deeply and empathetically about their own actions. PeaceJam  accomplishes this by guiding students in asking themselves meaningful questions such as: How can[…]

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,[…]