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MLK, Justice, and Compassionate Schools

By Christine Mason

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically… Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Today we honor a great leader. In 1947, while a student at Morehouse College, Dr. King admonished educators to focus on more than just knowledge and intellect. He said that the “most dangerous criminal may be the man gifted with reason, but with no morals.”   Now, more than ever before, may be a most critical time to assure that education does not stop with teaching for literacy.  To help build the case for your school’s efforts to focus on compassion, justice, courage, and community building, help support our efforts.

Schools with at least 20 teachers and a 80% response rate, will receive an individual report that will display areas of strength and areas in need of improvement for your individual school. 

Please take 12-15 minutes to help validate our school climate scale. We are looking for K-8 teachers to respond. School leaders please forward to teachers at your school or district!

Our sincere thanks to teachers from 21 states, DC, and one Latin American Country who have already responded.


$750 in prizes to be awarded. Jan. 29 Deadline


Your responses will make a difference. S-CCATE (The School- Compassionate Culture Analytic Tool for Educators) is appropriate for K-8 schools and the validation study will be conducted with schools that offer services to at least one of these grades. The S-CCATE is based on a scientific review of the research and input from teams of principals and teacher leaders over a 7-year time period. It should take teachers 12- 15 minutes to complete.

Click here to begin the survey.

Principals, please forward to your teachers to respond.

Kudos to Mantua Elementary in Fairfax, VA – over 40 Mantua teachers have already responded!  Also to Spartanburg, SC School District, where 45 teachers responded, and to Ypsilanti (MI) school district with 45 responses. Add your school to our list of top participating schools. If you care about children and want to make sure the things that are important to you are measured, we need your participation!


Prizes for Participation: Teachers can choose to enter a drawing for $50 Amazon gift cards – 10 cards will be awarded to teachers who respond by January 29. MEMPSA just announced: In addition to the $50 gift cards, MEMSPA is funding one grand prize – a $250 Amazon gift card.

Our thanks to MEMSPA (the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association)  for funding this validation study, and to Matt Bergey, doctoral student, and teacher at Upper Providence Elementary School in Royersford, PA, for his assistance in preparing and analyzing the survey data.  Thanks too to the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association and Lead180 for their sponsorship of this validation study.

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