Compassionate School Policies

By June Naureckas, CEI Intern Both in-school and out-of-school suspensions can lead to students dropping out and have life-long consequences on their economic success. Some school districts are finding alternative disciplinary actions that are less harmful to students and more effective at improving their behavior. The Cost of Suspension A 2016 study by the UCLA’s[…]

National Call for Inclusive Values

CEI supports this call for inclusivity The following organizations have sent out a national call for inclusivity and the banishment of fear in our schools: The School Superintendents Association (AASA) American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)[…]

A Post-Election Resource for Teachers

Editor: We are dismayed by the uptick in harassment and the fear that some children are now experiencing. Over the next few weeks, we plan to share resources that we believe will be particularly useful to schools. If you are still wondering, as a teacher, how to be what your students need after the 2016[…]

CEI Partners -The Collaboration Nation Survey

CEI has taken on a new research effort! We are partnering with Collaboration Nation to uncover how collaboration skills are taught in schools and what more needs to be done. More and more in the working world, collaborative skills are a desired quality in a job candidates. Are we preparing our children in the classroom[…]

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[…]

Four Books on Feelings

By Jordan Gilliard, CEI Intern Many books for children, educators, and parents highlight the vulnerable emotions that students tackle both inside and outside of the classroom. These books can help children understand their emotions and build greater awareness of themselves and others.  Here is a sampler of a few books that are highly recommended by[…]

The 40 Day Challenge: Part II

In the August edition of WOW! Ed and in The 40 Day Challenge: Part I blog post, I challenged you to discover where you fall on our “Heart Centered Scale” by writing down and focusing on the following five themes each day for 40 days: courage, confidence, compassion, consciousness (awareness), and community. I did the exercise myself, and here[…]

The 40 Day Challenge: Part I

In the August edition of WOW! Ed, I challenged you to write down and focus on five themes each day for 40 days: courage, confidence, compassion, consciousness (awareness), and community. Those of you who are following our heart-centered work will be aware that we are using these themes to drive social emotional learning (SEL) and social[…]