Yoga in Schools: Specific Postures, Sequences, and Lesson Plans

By Didi Dunin, CEI Intern, certified yoga instructor  Research shows that practicing yoga in schools has a number of benefits for students, including decreased stress; increased focus, self-regulation, and emotional cognition; and better academic performance (see Yoga in Schools Part 1).  What does yoga in schools look like? To ensure students are getting the maximum benefits[…]

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[…]

Join the “Heart-Centered” Conversation!

As supporters and followers of CEI know, we have been selected as one of the 122 Pioneers in the Children’s Wellbeing Initiative! This initiative will be awarding 10 of the Pioneers funding and mentoring services for their projects. CEI’s project is engaging schools and districts in a Heart Centered 21st Learning program. While the 10 finalists[…]

CEI Robotics and STEM/STEAM Early Childhood Presentations in DC

By Mahnaz Ahrary and Drew Altizer, CEI Interns Fight for Children: Joe Champs Summer Institute Conference June 22nd-23rd, 2016 ‘The future belongs to a different kind of person with a different kind of mind: designers, inventors, teachers, storytellers: creative and empathic ‘˜right-brain’ thinkers whose abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who[…]

CEI Becomes a Pioneer in the Children’s Wellbeing Intiative

  CEI is overjoyed to announce that our “Heart-Centered 21st Century Learning” project has been named a Pioneer in the Children’s Well-Being Initiative! We have been invited into the inner council of Ashoka and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, forging a better vision for the lives of children growing up in America. Children’s Wellbeing is[…]

The Pursuit

I have been focused recently on best practices in education and have been reflecting on some of the teachers and schools that have excelled.  I remember about a decade ago when Edutopia described a teacher from Everett, Washington who was working with her students on architectural projects.  This was shortly after NCLB came out, and[…]

Visioning the Future of Schools….Visioning the Future

How closely is the future of schools correlated with the future for all globally? Any guesses? What are the 5 top trends in education today? Perhaps: Common Core Standards; Global Competition for the U.S.; more rigor; more technology; and school improvement.  Other recent initiatives: STEM, Charter Schools, project-based learning, preparation for college, and the small[…]

The Wow! Factor

Read “The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs” (Carmine Gallo, Columnist at is the author) Copyright 2010. It is a great find and has much practical advice on marketing and presentations. I recently applied some of the strategies with excellent results. Here are a few of the highlights: 1. With Powerpoint slides DO NOT use[…]