Opportunities in New England- Improving Mental Health in Schools

The Yale University Program for Recovery and Community Health and the Center for Educational Improvement invite you to an Informational Webinar: Mental Health in Schools. PURPOSE: To establish how we can support schools in New England to help improve school mental health and safety policies and practices. DATE/TIME: Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:00 pm (EST)[…]

Classrooms, Compassion, and Contentment

By Meghan Wenzel, CEI Intern Ask someone to share his or her vulnerabilities, and you will likely receive a horrified look or nervous laugh. For most, vulnerabilities are weak spots, shameful imperfections to hide from others. But Brené Brown sees them differently. She sees the power in accepting our vulnerabilities and choosing to love ourselves[…]

Vulnerability, Shame, Courage, and Connection

Meghan Wenzel, CEI Intern, and Christine Mason In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown talks of masks, “The word persona is Greek term for ‘stage masks.’ In my work masks and armor are perfect metaphors for how we protect ourselves from the discomfort of vulnerability.” (p. 113). Sometimes our feeling of vulnerability arises from a sense of[…]

S-CCATE: A More Effective Classroom Climate Measurement Tool

By Dana Asby & Daniella Rueda, CEI Interns Throughout the years, it has become apparent that content knowledge alone is not enough to prepare students for real-life issues such as decision making, managing emotions, building and maintaining positive relationships, and treating others and themselves with empathy and compassion. Principals and teachers dedicated to creating a[…]

Comparing Mindfulness Practices across the United States and Canada

By Lindsey Erin Feltis, CEI Intern, and Kaitlyn Butterfield, Canadian Graduate Student  When Christopher and colleagues compared mindfulness in the United States and Thailand, their research revealed important differences between the two countries, suggesting that Western and Eastern conceptualizations of mindfulness differ significantly (Christopher, Charoensuk, Gilbert, Neary & Pearce, 2009, p. 607).  When comparing mindfulness[…]

Natural Disasters and Post-Traumatic Resilience in Children

By Daniella Rueda, CEI Intern  As we come close to the end of hurricane season and as we consider the loss of lives and disruption produced in recent California wildfires, it becomes critical to discuss a topic that is often disregarded: The post-disaster trauma children experience. More specifically, what happens with children? How are their[…]

Mindfulness and Transformational School Leadership

By Christine Mason Visions and Inspiration “Transformational leaders do not think in one place and time, rather, they construct mental models that bridge the present to the future.” (Thoms & Greenberger, 1995) Consider our world today. In Mindfulness Practices: Cultivating Heart Centered Communities where Students Focus and Flourish, with co-authors Michele Rivers Murphy and Yvette[…]