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[…]

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.[…]

Deadline Extended to Jan. 29: Participate in School Compassionate Culture Validation Study

  Paul Liabenow, President of CEI and Executive Director of MEMSPA, the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association, in describing the need for this measure of social emotional learning, says, “The situation is urgent. Teachers and principals are challenged by the lack of capacity to deal with social emotional learning. Your participation in this[…]

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[…]