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Vicki Zakrzewski

Vicki Zakrzewski

 

Vicki Zakrzewski (zahk-shef-skee), Ph.D., is the education director of the Greater Good Science Center.

In her role as education director, Vicki writes a blog that provides science-based ideas for promoting the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers, and administrators, as well as methods for creating positive school cultures. Her work has also appeared in ASCD’s Educational Leadership, Edutopia, and Huffington Post.

Vicki also gives talks and workshops, and leads the GGSC’s Summer Institute for Educators—an annual multi-day event in which educators from around the world learn how the science of compassion, empathy, gratitude, awe, and other social-emotional skills can enhance their own lives and the lives of their students.

In addition to her writing and workshops, Vicki consults with organizations on how to incorporate the science of well-being into their work. Recent collaborations include those with the Mind and Life Institute (of which she is a fellow), the Jim Henson Company on a new television show for preschoolers, the International School of Brussels on the Common Ground Collaborative curriculum, and Pixar/Disney on The Emotions Survival Guide—a follow-up book for children based on the movie Inside Out.

A former teacher and school administrator, Vicki earned her Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. In her doctoral research, Vicki spent two months in India at a school awarded the Peace Education Prize by UNESCO and the Hope of Humanity Award by the Dalai Lama, researching their methods for developing teachers’ ability to create caring relationships with students.

 
 
  

Stories by Vicki Zakrzewski

Articles: How to Build an Inclusive School Community During a Divisive Election

By Vicki Zakrzewski | April 28, 2016

A new report finds that the presidential election is having a negative impact on students. What can educators do?

 

Articles: Why Don’t Students Take Social-Emotional Learning Home?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | March 31, 2016

New research suggests we need to take account of how diverse groups of students view and apply SEL skills.

 

Articles: How to Cultivate Humble Leadership

By Vicki Zakrzewski | February 9, 2016

One principal shares how she transformed her school culture by recognizing her limitations--and then listening to students and staff.

 

Articles: How Humility Will Make You the Greatest Person Ever

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 12, 2016

It's so hard to be humble. Here are three tips for taming your ego.

 
Students practicing yoga

Articles: Five Ways to Restore Humanity to the Classroom

By Vicki Zakrzewski | November 23, 2015

The emphasis on testing can squeeze the feeling out of today’s classrooms. Here is one teacher’s journey to re-connect with herself and her students.

 

Articles: What a Greater Good School Looks Like

By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 27, 2015

One school in India is cultivating the well-being of students by implementing Greater Good Science Center practices.

 

Articles: Three Lessons for Students from the Film “The Prophet”

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 25, 2015

Discussing the new film adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s timeless poems with students can help reveal the science of a meaningful life.

 

Articles: Four Activities for Building a Positive School Climate

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 11, 2015

Check out these research-based practices for cultivating staff well-being—a key to successful schools.

 

Articles: Four Lessons from “Inside Out” to Discuss With Kids

By Jason Marsh, Vicki Zakrzewski | July 14, 2015

The new Pixar film has moved viewers young and old to take a look inside their own minds.

 

Articles: Should Student Success Include Happiness?

By Vicki Zakrzewski, Peter Brunn | May 25, 2015

If we want our students to become happy adults, research suggests that schools should focus more on students' well-being than academic success.

 

Articles: How SEL and Mindfulness Can Work Together

By Linda Lantieri, Vicki Zakrzewski | April 7, 2015

When taught together, social-emotional learning and mindfulness can have even greater impact on both individuals and the world around us.

 

Articles: How to Build Trust in Schools

By Vicki Zakrzewski | February 19, 2015

Education reform efforts often undermine trust in schools, but research points to another way.

 

Articles: Emotional Intelligence Needs a Moral Rudder

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 22, 2015

Social-emotional learning programs need to be built on a moral foundation, suggests new research.

 

Articles: Social-Emotional Learning: Why Now?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 7, 2015

Our new and deeper understanding of human development is reshaping how we think about education.

 

Articles: Debunking the Myths about Boys and Emotions

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 1, 2014

Research has found that boys can connect emotionally with others at a very deep level—we just have to make it safe for them to do so.

 

Articles: The Battle Between Success and Compassion

By Vicki Zakrzewski | October 17, 2014

If adults want to raise caring kids, research suggests they might need to start by examining the mixed messages they’re sending to kids.

 
Games and other playful activities were a key part of the Greater Good Science Center's Summer Institute for Educators, which develops key social-emotional learning skills.

Articles: How Social-Emotional Learning Transforms Classrooms

By Vicki Zakrzewski | September 16, 2014

SEL doesn't just change the teaching—it changes the teachers and the students. Here are their stories.

 

Slide Presentation: The Science of a Meaningful Life for Education

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 28, 2014

Workshop for educators about how the science of a meaningful life (including awe, hope, mindfulness, empathy, compassion, self-­‐compassion, and gratitude) can be applied to enhance the well-being of teachers and students.

 
Chris Murchison and Monica Worline present at the 2014 GGSC SIE

Articles: Exploring the Science of Social-Emotional Learning

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 18, 2014

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: Three Ways for Schools to Help Kids Cultivate Kindness

By Vicki Zakrzewski | July 1, 2014

Research shows that the spark of kindness resides in everyone, and even small school actions can fan that spark into a flame.

 

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