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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.
Exposure to chronic trauma is having tragic effects on some of our students. How can educators help?
Articles: Who is Gifted?By Jill Suttie | October 22, 2013
A new book argues that other factors, besides IQ, are important in academic success and in life.
Research is trying to keep pace with the explosion of interest in school-based mindfulness programs. Here's a round-up of four new studies at the frontier.
Articles: Self-Compassion for FreshmenBy Bianca Lorenz | October 8, 2013
A recent study suggests that when new college students are kind to themselves, they're less likely to suffer from homesickness.
Articles: Can Mindfulness Make Us Better Teachers?By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 2, 2013
A new study suggests that training teachers in mindfulness not only reduces burnout but also improves their performance in the classroom.
Articles: How to Teach Teens About the BrainBy Amir Flesher | September 18, 2013
At a high school in Vermont, Amir Flesher gives his students a glimpse into how their minds work—with the goal of making adolescence less painful and nurturing their growth into happy adults.
Articles: How to Create a Positive School ClimateBy Vicki Zakrzewski | August 21, 2013
Three practical, research-based suggestions for one of the most effective and important things school leaders can do.
By developing social-emotional skills, teachers can rediscover the joy of teaching.
Research Digest Items/Studies: The Prosocial Classroom: Teacher Social and Emotional Competence
Articles: A New Vision of Teacher EducationBy Vicki Zakrzewski | July 18, 2013
Lessons learned from the GGSC's inaugural Summer Institute for Educators.
Articles: Five Ways to Make Mindfulness More ManlyBy Kozo Hattori | June 25, 2013
Many more women than men enroll in mindfulness and compassion training courses. How can we change that?
Articles: Seven Paths to a Meaningful LifeBy Philip Zimbardo | May 28, 2013
A giant in the field of social psychology draws on five decades of teaching and research to reveal the secrets of a fulfilling life to today's graduating seniors.
A Q&A with visionary educator John Hunter, creator of the World Peace Game.
It's easy to feel grateful when life is good, says Robert Emmons. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.
Today, Congressman Tim Ryan re-introduces his bill to support the growth of social-emotional learning in schools.
Articles: An Unexpected Antidote to CheatingBy Vicki Zakrzewski | April 30, 2013
Cheating is a complex problem. Could mindfulness be the answer?
Are you bad at gratitude, just like Jeremy Adam Smith? He has some lessons for you from people who know how to say "Thanks!"
An interview with best-selling author Daniel Goleman about his new book, Focus.
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- "From Jerusalem to Jericho"
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The Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, runs a state-of-the-art neuroscience...
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