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Articles: Are We Born Vengeful?By Jenn Director Knudsen | July 27, 2015
A new study explores whether children are quicker to comfort a victim or punish the thief—and what this might reveal about human nature.
A moving account of the lessons one teacher took back from our Summer Institute for Educators.
The new Pixar film has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds.
Articles: Please Stop Interrupting Me!By Christine Carter | June 24, 2015
Why interruptions make us irritable, anxious, and unproductive.
If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.
A new study of five year olds reveals what forces stop us from helping people in need—and what we can do to overcome them.
A new study shows that teachers of all races are more likely to punish black students. Fortunately, research also points to solutions.
Articles: How to Help Teens Find PurposeBy Patrick Cook-Deegan | April 16, 2015
Teens are naturally driven to seek new experiences—and that may be the key to helping them develop a sense of purpose in life.
When taught together, social-emotional learning and mindfulness can have even greater impact on both individuals and the world around us.
Two new studies investigate self-compassion in adolescents.
Articles: Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help TeachersBy Patricia Jennings | March 30, 2015
Patricia A. Jennings explains why teachers should cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of thoughts, feelings, and surroundings.
Articles: How to Build Trust in SchoolsBy Vicki | February 19, 2015
Education reform efforts often undermine trust in schools, but research points to another way.
Articles: How to Forge a Mentoring RelationshipBy Patrick Cook-Deegan | February 17, 2015
Intergenerational mentoring carries many benefits, but it's becoming more and more rare. Here are some tips for renewing an age-old practice.
Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.
New studies point the way toward a more connected and egalitarian society, starting with friendships between kids.
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 | May 21, 2014
Oakland Unified is transforming its schools by embedding social-emotional learning into the district culture—one adult at a time.
Our kids' lives are not our lives. Once you recognize that fact, says Christine Carter, you can start the conversation.
In an adaptation from his new book Altruism, Buddhist monk and bestselling author Matthieu Ricard takes on the notion that humans have a fixed nature.
A new study applies attachment theory to understand why some people donate more to charity than others.
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