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,[…]

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)[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Where is Your School Headed? Dissolve Your Problems & Be an Outlier

By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director Do You Even Want to Dream? This week and next, after a summer of play, students are headed back to school. Principals and teachers have been gearing up for the first day of school, considering their plans for the year. If your school is like many others, you may be[…]

CEI Presents with P21 at July 2016 Principals’ Conference

By Mahnaz Ahrary, CEI Intern, and Christine Mason Visioning. Dr. Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director, joined Dr. Helen Soule, Executive Director of Partnership for the 21st Century (P21), and a panel of distinguished elementary school principals for two presentations at the National Association of Elementary School Principals’ conference in National Harbor Maryland, on July 7[…]

CEI Becomes a Pioneer in the Children’s Wellbeing Intiative

  CEI is overjoyed to announce that our “Heart-Centered 21st Century Learning” project has been named a Pioneer in the Children’s Well-Being Initiative! We have been invited into the inner council of Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, forging a better vision for the lives of children growing up in America. Children’s Wellbeing is[…]

Careful the Things You Say

By Amber Nicole Dilger, CEI Associate In Stephen Sondheim’s musical, Into the Woods, there’s a haunting song that warns us: Careful the things you say, Children will listen. Careful the things you do, Children will see, and learn. Click to listen to my recording of “Children Will Listen.” Our Feedback. In my work as a[…]