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 (cmason@edimprovement.org) 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[…]

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[…]

PeaceJam: A Program To Reduce Bullying and Further Compassion

By Nicole Colchete, CEI Intern What Is PeaceJam? Over 1.25 million students have participated in PeaceJam clubs since it began in 1996.  During that time 14 Nobel Peace prize winners have facilitated 31 million peace projects in 39 countries. PeaceJam is a program that reduces bullying without directly discussing bullying. Rather, Peacejam uses compassion training[…]

ESSA, First Round Feedback

By Adriana Jarquin, CEI Intern As the transition period for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) comes to an end, states are beginning to prepare for the 2017-2018 school year by submitting their new education plans to the U.S. Department of Education. All states are required to submit new accountability plans to be peer reviewed[…]

Does Summer Break Help or Hurt Students?

By Rachel Kelly, CEI Intern Ed. Note: You know the routine. In the suburbs, parents, and particularly working moms, line up summer camps and classes. Parents with fewer resources do the best that they can to make sure children are supervised in the summer. Summer breaks, a mainstay of American education. Only a few weeks[…]

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[…]