Thanksgiving, Celebrations, Visualizations & Affirmations

By Christine Mason Which countries celebrate Thanksgiving?  Depending upon the Google site you use, you’ll find anything from 5-15 countries, including the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, Germany, Japan, the Norfolk Islands, South Korea, the Netherlands, Lithuiana, Ghana, Grenada, China, Brazil, Barbados, and Vietnam.  Thanksgiving is not celebrated on the same day or in the same[…]

Ending DACA: Resources for Principals, Counselors, and Teachers

By Nicol Colchete, CEI Intern and Christine Mason Who Is Affected by DACA? Roughly 800,000 undocumented young people will be impacted by the Trump administration’s decision to end Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This will end the protection of immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children. Thus, the termination of[…]

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 ( 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,[…]

Hatred and Violence Must End

By Christine Mason   Heather Heyer, a 32-year old legal assistant, was killed and 19 were injured when a white supremacist from Ohio rammed his car into the group of counter-protestors at the site of a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA. Heather’s mother, Susan Bro, told MSNBC that Heather had been “passionate about[…]

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[…]