February 24, 2016




Combating Food Insecurity Curriculum: Exciting, Engaging Lessons for Addressing Hunger
This 4-6 week (16 class session) curriculum unit helps middle school students understand issues related to food insecurity and food production. This curriculum is a particularly important resource in light of the number of children and families in the U.S. and around the world living in hunger. The Curriculum meets objectives for understanding philanthropy and civic responsibility. Also included are activities to meet science objectives for interpreting charts and graphs, and English/Language activities for conducting research and preparing reports and presentations. Download the curriculum and learn more about teacher stipends available to support the  implementation of this curriculum resource.


Heart Beaming® by Christine Mason and K’Lee Banks (2014)
CEI’s Heart Beaming  publication can now be ordered in bulk. The publication includes easy-to-follow diagrams and steps for using breath, movement and brief exercises to take “mind-breaks” to promote compassion, student engagement and learning. Heart Beaming  works well with morning meetings, and also for brief 3-5 minute stretch breaks.

Pricing below reflects bulk discount pricing for order quantities of 5, 10, 20, or 100.
Contact CEI directly to order other quantities to meet your school or district needs.

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Training and Certification Options

New Collaboration: Curriculum Crafter New_CCLOGO-W--TEXT(platform-use)

September, 2016. CEI is now teaming with  Curriculum Crafter, the only company that offers an Educational Resource Planning Platform with the capacity to create, align, and map classroom content all in one place. Curriculum Crafter provides an easy to use flexible platform for teachers to plan, share lessons, and track progress. Executive Director and educator Christine Mason offers her supportive testimonial:

Of the cloud-based offerings that facilitate curriculum planning, organizing, monitoring, and decision-making, Curriculum Crafter has several enhancements that set it apart from the pack. I was particularly impressed with the extensive nature of the components Curriculum Crafter provides across grade levels, as well as the partnership with NWEA. Curriculum Crafter is NWEA’s newest Instructional Content Provider giving teachers immediate access to K – 12 teaching resources specifically aligned to MAP Learning Statements by RTI ranges—making it simple to quickly individualize instruction based on MAP assessment results.

From a 21st Century perspective here are some of the unique features that caught my attention:

  • It includes K-12 curriculum that is vetted and curated by education professionals.
  • The curriculum is more than a list of aligned resources or activities. The components are all part of the instructional process and are connected to a larger instructional plan for teachers.
  • In addition to links to math and reading standards, it includes links to Next Generation Science Standards.
  • It includes over 2,000 teacher developed sample lesson plans.
  • It includes a content for early childhood and early literacy for K-3.
  • It has a resource for incorporating problem solving activities.
  • It includes Project Based Learning – Engaging Scenarios and ideas for service learning projects
  • The components are constantly updated and can be used as-is or customized to fit the local needs of the district, teachers and students.

The above features are embedded into the comprehensive Curriculum Crafter structure which includes a lesson planning function, a curriculum mapping function and simple and easy ways for users to cut and paste to modify content, create units, and develop lesson plans.  All of these can easily be shared with others, progress can be tracked, and reports generated. All in a great resource for teachers and administrators alike!”

Christine Mason

Executive Director, Center for Educational Improvement

Local Yoga & Meditation Classes

WP_20160116_013Dr. Mason teaches private Kundalini Yoga classes on Thursday evenings in Vienna, VA (6:00-7:15 pm with individual consultations from 7:45-8:00 pm) and in Oakton, VA on Saturdays from 9:30-11:00 am and Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 am. Please contact her ahead of time to confirm date/time (cmason@edimprovement.org) She also teaches Yoga Basics from 12:15-1:10 on Saturdays at the Oakmarr Recreation Center which is part of the Fairfax County Parks and Recreation Department. Contact Dr. Mason at 571-213-3192 or cmason@edimprovement.org for more information and to register. Drops-in are welcome, discounts for seniors, and discounts for registering for at least 4 sessions. Dr. Mason is available for individual and group sessions.

Heart Beaming® Certification

CEI is offering Heart Beaming Certification to train teachers in CEI’s Heart Beaming approach.

Level I Heart Beaming Certification is available after a three-hour session and six week practicum for individuals who:

  • Have had at least one yoga class
  • Can demonstrate five basic yoga postures
  • Possess the ability to teach yogic breathing

Training includes special instruction in teaching heart beaming to PreK-12 students. If you have no prior yoga experience, we can arrange prerequisite training. Discounts are available for schools and other educational organizations that arrange for five or more teachers to become certified. For a nominal $10 a year individuals who are certified will receive an annual update on the advances in Heart Beaming. Click here for more information.

Cost: $79 per person with a group discount when you arrange for five or more people to be certified. CEI trainers are available to come to your community. $10 a year for an annual update.

Heart Beaming Regional Leaders

CEI is currently seeking 10 Regional Heart Beaming Leaders. If you have completed at least one yoga class and are interested in helping train teachers in Heart Beaming, contact Dr. Mason (cmason@edimprovement.org) to discuss expectations.