November 14, 2019

In the News

Getting Unstuck: Creating a Heart-centered School Vision
A Conversation with Dr. Chris Mason and Dr. Melissa Patschke

CEI Leaders Featured in National Podcast on School Visioning
NEW YORK, NY, USA, May 5, 2020/Visioning is more than just another prescription for a lofty sounding mission or vision statement to adorn the walls of most schools. Instead, “visioning” is a step-by step process that helps schools and communities imagine, in a heart-centered way, what they want on behalf of their students. It’s a process that can lead to transformative change.

Learn more in this episode from the podcast series, “Getting Unstuck,” featuring CEI’s Executive Director Dr. Chris Mason, Founder and Dr. Melissa D. Patschke, Principal Upper Providence Elementary School, Royersford, PA.

The Heart of the Matter: Cultivating Compassionate and Mindful School Communities

BLOOMINGTON, IN, USA, December 3, 2019/Students, teachers, and whole school communities are wrestling with how best to understand and respond to the impactful nature of trauma and stress and how it collides with our ability to function, teach, learn, live, and just be. Sometimes, “students are too scared to learn” (Lacoe, 2013). For many of our students, the impact of stress and trauma is formidable, compromising their physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being and academic development (SAMHSA, 2014), playing out in the form of their physiological response system of fight, flight, or freeze (Schwartz, 2016). Read more.

Center for Educational Improvement Launches Online Technology Platform to Enhance Social Emotional Learning

VIENNA, VA, USA, November 13, 2019/The Center for Educational Improvement unveiled the national online version of the School Compassionate Culture Analytic Tool for Educators (S-CCATE) today. The tool, a brief, validated assessment to be completed by teachers and other school personnel, is uniquely designed to guide teams of educators and whole school communities through the process of transformational change. The S-CCATE, and its related supplementary assessment, are packaged solutions that use current research on the factors that improve well-being, executive functioning, and neuroplasticity among children and youth—all of which help students gain resiliency, alleviate trauma, and overcome barriers to learning and decision-making. This tool will allow schools and districts to measure progress, compare your results to our national data set, and celebrate growth.

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Poor Students, Rich Teaching
Seven High-Impact Mindsets for Students From Poverty

Guide Each of Your Students with Brain-Based Learning Techniques

BLOOMINGTON, IN, USA, November 12, 2019/Differentiated instruction fosters a positive and productive environment that supports neurodiversity in the classroom. These titles will help you incorporate brain-based learning strategies and neuroeducation into your school or district, creating an effective environment for all learners.

Differentiation and the Brain
How Neuroscience Supports the Learner-Friendly Classroom, Second Edition
Teaching with the Instructional Cha-Chas
Four Steps to Make Learning Stick
Mindfulness Practices
Cultivating Heart Centered Communities Where Students Focus and Flourish