By Christine Mason, CEI Executive Director. How are you managing change in your school? Is it systematic, orderly, incremental, step by step? Or because of all the demands that are being thrust on you right now, does it feel a bit chaotic? Do you wish it could be more orderly? How ready are you and staff for the changes that are occurring? Sitting here, I am imagining what it must be like for the youth who don’t have this opportunity. And I keep seeing the words of Tom Pet
By Ajeet Khalsa, Training Associate. The Conscious Parent authored by Shefali Tsabary describes how parents can become more mindful of their interactions with their children. Ajeet provides us with some insights into how we can facilitate conscious interactions by using some of the basic principles of conscious parenting. She also gives us insights into how she was both very conscious of the parent’s situation, while also walking that fine line between empathy and sympathy.
By Melanie Holland, CEI Intern. Arts Education has frequently taken a backseat to the concepts of 21st century learning, something, and STEM. While teachers regularly consider how to integrate science and technology into their reading and math initiatives, they rarely consider the positive effects of Arts Integration. Just as effective as STEM integration, the arts have unique parallels to the Common Core Standards that can help students grasp concepts in ways distinctive fro
By Melanie Holland, CEI Intern. Educators at every level of schooling’”from Pre-K to Higher Education’”benefit from including lessons that either incorporate or revolve around the concept and practice of empathy. Empathy is frequently posited as one step ‘past’ sympathy’”you not only can acknowledge the emotions of another person, but you can step into their shoes to the degree that you can feel the emotions they are feeling. David Kelley is the founder and chairman of IDEO,
Norrell Edwards, CEI Intern. We’d choose a game labeled with the grade level I would be entering that fall, as well as games that would increasingly challenge me by being 1 or 2 school years ahead of me. Because of these experiences, I always entered school with early exposure to learning concepts that my peers may not have seen yet. Long division? No problem’…I had already practiced that a thousand times trying to master that ice fishing level in the leapfrog game. It has be
By Melanie Holland, CEI Intern. We at CEI strive to keep female role models and leaders in history at the forefront of our Heart Centered Education and STEM research and curriculum development. Here are just a few of the women we are motivated and inspired by on a daily basis: Here are two additional blogs that focus on the strength and power of women: Henrietta Mann, and Maya Angelou.
By Melanie Holland, CEI Intern. Less than one percent of high school girls think of computer science as part of their future, even though it’s one of the fastest-growing fields in the U.S. today with a projected 4.2 million jobs by 2020, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. 62% of Yahoo employees are men; 70% of Google employees are men. In order to combat this ‘man’s world’ mentality, Google launched Made with Code. Made With Code is a website that offers o