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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. She 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) on their Ethics and Education in Students and Teachers project and the Jim Henson Company on a new television show for preschoolers.

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: 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: Three Ways to Foster a Forgiving School

By Vicki Zakrzewski | February 5, 2014

Research suggests that forgiveness might be an unexpected but powerful way to enhance school culture

 

Articles: What Makes a Teacher Lose It?

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 30, 2014

Recent research suggests that teachers' attachment styles—how their childhoods shape adult relationships—may influence their work in the classroom.

 

Articles: How to Integrate Social-Emotional Learning into Common Core

By Vicki Zakrzewski | January 22, 2014

Implementing the Common Core doesn’t mean educators have to abandon SEL—in fact, just the opposite might be true.

 

Articles: How to Close the Social-Emotional Gap in Teacher Training

By Kim Schonert-Reichl, Vicki Zakrzewski | January 8, 2014

A new scan of teacher education programs reveals that very few teachers receive training in social-emotional learning.

 

Articles: How to Foster Generosity in Students

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 18, 2013

Science-based suggestions for keeping your students’ holiday spirit going throughout the year.

 

Articles: How to Help Kids Overcome Fear of Failure

By Vicki Zakrzewski | December 5, 2013

According to the research on failure, students may need more than just grit to succeed.

 

Articles: Gratitude Activities for the Classroom

By 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: How to Support Stressed-Out Teachers

By 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.

 

Articles: How to Help a Traumatized Child in the Classroom

By Joyce Dorado, Vicki Zakrzewski | October 23, 2013

Exposure to chronic trauma is having tragic effects on some of our students. How can educators help?

 
Participants at the GGSC's Summer Institute for Educators

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 Create a Positive School Climate

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 21, 2013

Three practical, research-based suggestions for one of the most effective and important things school leaders can do.

 

Articles: Why Teachers Need Social-Emotional Skills

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 13, 2013

By developing social-emotional skills, teachers can rediscover the joy of teaching.

 

Slide Presentation: Cultivating a Meaningful Life

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 3, 2013

Workshop on the science and practices of a meaningful life (including awe, hope, mindfulness, and gratitude) for homeschooling parents to apply with themselves and their children.

 

Slide Presentation: The Science of a Meaningful Life

By Vicki Zakrzewski | August 3, 2013

Keynote address on social-emotional learning and the science of a meaningful life (including empathy & compassion, altruism, forgiveness, and play) for homeschooling parents.

 

Articles: July Education Newsletter

By Vicki Zakrzewski | July 30, 2013

Insights from the 2013 Summer Institute for Educators.

 
Teacher/administrator Mima Takemoto, a participant in the Summer Institute.

Articles: A New Vision of Teacher Education

By Vicki Zakrzewski | July 18, 2013

Lessons learned from the GGSC's inaugural Summer Institute for Educators.

 
A presentation by Vicki Zakrzewski on the concept of social-emotional learning and its importance in education, given June 29, 2013, at the first annual Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.

Videos and Podcasts: Vicki Zakrzewski on the Role of Social-Emotional Learning in Education

By Vicki Zakrzewski | June 29, 2013

A presentation by Vicki Zakrzewski on the concept of social-emotional learning and its importance in education, given June 29, 2013, at the first annual Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators.

 

Articles: June Education Newsletter

By Vicki Zakrzewski | June 11, 2013

From how to help students develop purpose to an interview with the creator of the World Peace Game, here's a round-up of our recent education content.

 

Articles: How Awe Can Help Students Develop Purpose

By Vicki Zakrzewski | June 11, 2013

Research suggests that inducing awe in the classroom might inspire kids to find a sense of purpose in life

 

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