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Compassionate Schools Survey – Deadline extended to March 15

Click here to begin the survey. Principals, please forward to your teachers to respond. 

We welcome responses from K-8 teachers

This 12-15 minute survey measures teacher opinions regarding implementation of mindfulness, compassion, courage, equity, neuroplasticity, and cultural competence. We are at the mid-way point to getting responses needed to validate our survey so that you can include this measure of SEL as you report annual achievement gains. Our team of researchers piloted a version of this survey last year in a project to empower teachers — the approach we use follows Peter Senge’s model of Core Learning Teams. We help you interpret results and teacher teams decide on areas of need and interest for professional development.

Paul Liabenow, CEI President, reminds us that, “A positive school climate boosts student achievement. Your responses are important to development of a final instrument that is most responsive to your interests.” 

Any school with over 20 teachers responding and a 80% response rate will receive its individual results — individual teacher data are completely confidential — all data are analyzed in the aggregate. Dr. Mason is also available to help you interpret these data.


Teachers may enter a random drawing to receive Amazon gift cards.  We will be awarding 1 Grand prize – a $250 Amazon Gift Card – and 10 additional gift cards, valued at $50 each. Results are determined by a random number generator.


Our thanks to MEMSPA (the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals’ Association), TEPSA (the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association), Lead180, and the Ontario Principals’ Council for your support. The mission of the Center for Educational Improvement is to support and uplift teachers and schools through 21st Century leadership and learning. Dr. Christine Mason, Executive Director, is a graduate of Port Angeles High School in Port Angeles, WA. Dr. Mason, a cognitive psychologist and mindfulness instructor, received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Oregon and Doctorate in Educational Psychology from  the Ohio State University. The survey is based on 7 years of research, including focus groups, surveys, informal discussions with principals and education leaders and pilot studies at four schools last year. Contact for more information.

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