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The Center for Educational Improvement (CEI), in collaboration with Yale University Department of Psychiatry’s Program for Recovery and Community Health (Yale PRCH) is establishing a nationwide network of educational leaders trained in Compassionate School Practices (CSPs) through the Compassionate Schools Leadership Academy (CSLA).

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In these times of high student anxiety and stress, educator burnout, and the need to uplift our schools, we have a vision for increasing the well-being of students and staff in schools through networking with yoga and mindfulness practitioners, increasing training and supports for teachers and staff, and directly delivering 30-40 minute in-school and after-school yoga-mindfulness-meditation sessions.

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Yale University’s Program for Recovery and Community Health (PRCH), in partnership with CEI, designed the Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC) to strengthen mental health supports that address the needs of children who have experienced/are at risk of experiencing significant trauma in the New England region. 

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Future of Education

We launched our Coalition for the Future of Education to lend our voice, networks, and compassionate school model to learning communities striving toward equitable access, opportunities, and resources for traditionally underrepresented communities. Our Coalition highlights our commitment to diversity and inclusion and is the embodiment of our Heart Centered Learning framework. 

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Join our HeartMind Community to understand more about seamlessly weaving mindfulness and heart centered learning throughout your school day. 

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CEI identifies, researches, shares, and applies compassionate school mental health practices. 
Our goal is to accelerate the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices that address the holistic needs of students and staff. We guide educators as they create a culture and context for students to become enthusiastic lifelong learners. We also offer practical solutions that help elementary and secondary teachers, principals, school psychologists, and other school staff reduce stress and symptoms of burnout, anxiety, and depression, including the vicarious trauma that affects many educators and school staff. Learn more about our focus and research areas.
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ABOUT CEI: Our Mission, Vision & Approach

Advancing Heart Centered Learning and Leadership

Our mission is to support and uplift schools through heart centered learning and leadership. We are dedicated to translating the latest education research into practical solutions.
CEI is an intentional collaborative of educators and researchers actively engaging to create a transformational system of education focused on collective healing and holistic learning. We identify, curate, develop, and scale-up sustainable practices, such as Heart Centered Learning and Leadership and student-led reform, that nurture family and community connectedness, well-being, equity, and justice. 



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Mailing Address

P.O. Box 681
Vienna, VA 22183

Work with us:

We are committed to our mission to support heart centered learning and leadership. Work with us to:

  • Improve the quality of teaching

  • Help schools and teachers replicate the best educational practices

  • Strengthen school leadership and management

  • Use trauma-informed practices to increase student engagement and learning

  • Provide supports for early career principals

  • Build school capacity

We offer opportunities for virtual involvement and provide mentoring. This may be particularly useful for recent graduates or graduate students who are interested in becoming more involved in educational policy or administration.

Our current openings include:


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