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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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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[…]

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Free Public Education is the Backbone of Democracy

By Christine Mason Historically, education in the US has served multiple functions. One of the important functions has been providing an access to knowledge and learning and a pathway to college or other post-secondary educational opportunities. In some ways, education has been an equalizer. Rather than rich families simply taking care of their own children,[…]

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National Call for Inclusive Values

CEI supports this call for inclusivity The following organizations have sent out a national call for inclusivity and the banishment of fear in our schools: The School Superintendents Association (AASA) American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)[…]

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CEI Partners -The Collaboration Nation Survey

CEI has taken on a new research effort! We are partnering with Collaboration Nation to uncover how collaboration skills are taught in schools and what more needs to be done. More and more in the working world, collaborative skills are a desired quality in a job candidates. Are we preparing our children in the classroom[…]

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Tools to Implement 21st Century Practices: A CEI Survey

Christine Mason and Brogan Murphy, CEI Intern How can CEI assist principals and teachers in integrating 21st Century practices in their schools? In July, CEI conducted a brief online survey to help us better understand your interests and your preferences for how we conduct demonstration projects. CEI, with our collaborators, currently offers six tools to[…]