New studies point the way toward a more connected and egalitarian society, starting with friendships between kids.
Stories for... Educators
If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.
SEL doesn't just change the teaching—it changes the teachers and the students. Here are their stories.
An annotated bibliography of studies of mindfulness in education.
Articles: Eight Keys to End BullyingBy Signe Whitson | August 26, 2014
Can we stop bullying? Signe Whitson says yes—by consistently reaching out to both children who bully and those who are bullied.
Our Summer Institute for Educators brought together almost 100 people from all over the world—to study, play, and connect with others who are striving to make a difference in students’ lives.
Articles: Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled ChildBy Jill Suttie | August 14, 2014
A new book questions claims that today's kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations.
Dr. Daniel Siegel explains how changes to the adolescent brain transform relationships with peers and parents—and what adults can learn from those changes.
A mindfulness teacher shares what he's learned about teaching moment-to-moment awareness to teenagers.
Articles: How to Foster Empathy for ImmigrantsBy Jeremy Adam Smith | August 6, 2014
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
A new book argues that there is something simple we can do to close achievement gaps: teach mindfulness in schools.
Articles: Facing Fear, Facing ForgivenessBy Jill Suttie | July 9, 2014
Three decades ago, Tim Zaal nearly killed Matthew Boger for being gay. We talk with them and the director of Facing Fear, which tells their story of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Research shows that the spark of kindness resides in everyone, and even small school actions can fan that spark into a flame.
Articles: A New Model of School ReformBy Vicki Zakrzewski | May 21, 2014
Oakland Unified is transforming its schools by embedding social-emotional learning into the district culture—one adult at a time.
Articles: Two Ways to Foster GritBy Vicki Zakrzewski | May 5, 2014
To help students learn to overcome obstacles in pursuit of long-term goals, educators should focus on developing cognitive and emotional skills.
A new study examines the psychological challenges faced by students whose parents didn't go to college.
Articles: Why Do We Blame Victims?By Juliana Breines | April 8, 2014
Why do so many people take the side of bullies over their victims? The answers might surprise you.
Articles: What’s Wrong with Grit?By Vicki Zakrzewski | March 20, 2014
Schools are exploring how to foster—and even grade—perseverance and passion. But before we take grit too far, we need to remember how little we know about it.
Articles: Seven Ways to Foster Gratitude in KidsBy Jeffrey Froh, Giacomo Bono | March 5, 2014
Many parents and educators worry that today's children are ungrateful. But new research suggests ways to turn the tide.
Summer Institute participants describe how they've used what they learned last summer
Parent donations can widen inequities between public schools. What can we do to motivate affluent parents to charitably support all schools, not just their own?
Articles: Three Ways to Foster a Forgiving SchoolBy Vicki Zakrzewski | February 5, 2014
Research suggests that forgiveness might be an unexpected but powerful way to enhance school culture
Implementing the Common Core doesn’t mean educators have to abandon SEL—in fact, just the opposite might be true.
A new longitudinal study finds children are affected by bullying throughout their lives—and reveals that even perpetrators can struggle as adults.
Articles: How to Foster Generosity in StudentsBy Vicki Zakrzewski | December 18, 2013
Science-based suggestions for keeping your students’ holiday spirit going throughout the year.
A new study finds that a happy life is much more about making friends than it is about making the grade.
According to the research on failure, students may need more than just grit to succeed.
Articles: Gratitude Activities for the ClassroomBy Vicki Zakrzewski | November 19, 2013
Looking for some ways to bring gratitude into the classroom this Thanksgiving season? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Articles: Grateful Schools, Happy SchoolsBy Emily Campbell | November 18, 2013
New research on gratitude finds that it helps younger kids and at-risk students to be happier and more resilient.
Articles: How to Support Stressed-Out TeachersBy Joyce Dorado, Vicki Zakrzewski | October 30, 2013
Teachers who work with traumatized students may suffer from chronic stress and vicarious trauma—without even realizing it. Here are some things school leaders can do to help them.
New studies suggest you should hold out for a relationship that makes you truly happy.
See how the happiness levels of students in our online course vary depending on where they live.
Christine Carter explains how "doing nothing" could be a key to happiness... and productivity.
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- "Gratitude and Prosocial Behavior"
Finds that feeling gratitude produces kind and helpful behavior, even when that behavior is costly to the individual actor.
- "Compassion: An Evolutionary Analysis and Empirical Review"
Compassion evolved as a distinct affective experience whose function is to enable cooperation and protection of those who...
- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
This article on bystander intervention in emergency situations suggests that we are likely to help a “shabbily dressed”...
- Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
- Northeast Foundation for Children
Northeast Foundation for Children is a non-profit educational organization that offers educators the Responsive Classroom...
- Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship
Based at the University of Michigan Business School, this is a networking community for researchers and practitioners...
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