Practice Gratitude this Valentine’s Day

By Joanna Marzano, CEI Intern Editor’s Note: Teachers and principals, you may want to consider the exercise Joanna provides for part of your opening exercises on Valentine’s Day. Or perhaps daily for Valentine’s Week. I am sure at some point in your life someone has advised you to “listen to your heart.” Although this saying[…]

Mindfulness and Maslow

By Marah Barrow, CEI Intern In public education, teachers are asked to address the needs of students coming from diverse backgrounds, making this task rather daunting. More times than not, especially at the elementary level, students may have difficulty expressing their needs, and how these needs can most effectively be met. The needs of a[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Building Compassion through Games and Strategies

By Jordan Gilliard, CEI Intern Games and fun, hands-on activities help students tackle more difficult concepts and feelings in a casual yet high-spirited way. Robert Marzano has conducted more than 60 educational studies showing that there is a significant effect on students’ academic achievement when games and activities are applied to their learning process. Activities help[…]

Using 21st Century Practices- Results of CEI’s Survey of Principals and Other Leaders

By Christine Mason How frequently are 21st Century educational practices used in schools? Which of these practices are used most frequently? Sixty-nine early respondents answered questions to a brief, nine-question survey on 21st Century Learning that the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) emailed to principals and other educational leaders in May of 2016. The survey[…]

Healing Self, Healing our Nation

By Christine Mason Sitting in my meditation room this morning, after arising early (4 a.m. today) and sending prayers for healing to people in Dallas, Orlando, Baton Rouge, and Minnesota, I next considered my family and myself. I envisioned my family surrounded by a pale golden light, a light of healing and protection. Breathing deeply, I filled[…]