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Three Award Winners & Compassion Validation Study Continuing until April 9

A huge, huge thanks to all who have responded to our Compassionate Schools Validation Study. We are close to our goal, however our results will be enhanced by 100-200 more responses so Round 2 will continue until April 9. K-8 teachers, if you care about mindfulness, trauma, restorative justice, or cultural competence, please take a few minutes to respond.

Click here to begin the surveyPrincipals, please forward to your teachers to respond. For more information on the survey, scroll to the bottom of this blog.

Three Award Winners. In the meantime, to show our appreciation for those who have responded so far, we have selected the first 3 Round 2 winners. Each will receive a $50 Amazon gift card

  1. Danyelle Brannan, Kindergarten teacher, Hamilton Elementary School, Port Angeles, WA

  2. Donna Wegner, 4th grade teacher, Johnston Elementary Asheville, NC

  3. Danny Derden,  5th grade teacher Godwin Elementary, Princeton, TX

The Survey. This 12-15 minute survey measures teacher opinions regarding implementation of mindfulness, compassion, courage, equity, neuroplasticity, and cultural competence. Our aim is to validate this 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.

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.  By April 9, we will award 1 Grand prize ‘“ a $250 Amazon Gift Card ‘“ and 7 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, KDSL Global, 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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