A new book argues that there is something simple we can do to close achievement gaps: teach mindfulness in schools.
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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.
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.
Want more productive and satisfied employees? A new study suggests that companies should consider mindfulness training for managers.
A new study finds that troubled people can reap enormous benefits from keeping a journal that focuses their attention on the good things in life.
Psychologist and author Shauna Shapiro explains new research into how meditation changes the brain.
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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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