About the Greater Good Education Program

The Greater Good Science Center’s education program is designed to help educators and parents understand the science behind social and emotional learning, character development, and mindfulness—and then apply those insights to the classroom.

The program is directed by Vicki Zakrzewski (zahk-shef-skee), Ph.D., who produces a host of articles and other resources for the Center’s website and runs our six-day Summer Institute for Educators. She also consults, speaks, and conducts workshops on the science of social-emotional development and well-being for students, teachers, and administrators. You can learn more about these activities below.

What We Offer

Workshops and Speaking Engagements

The GGSC gives talks and leads interactive workshops at public and private schools and conferences, customizing each presentation to the unique characteristics of the school or event. To find out how to bring Greater Good Education to your school or organization, please call (510) 642-2451 or email us.

Upcoming Presentations/Workshops

Past Presentations

Palo Alto Unified School District Social-Emotional Learning Committee
Palo Alto, CA

Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators
Berkeley, CA

Maricopa County Human Services—Head Start
Gilbert, AZ

Mission Skills Assessment Annual Conference
Chicago, IL

Partnership for Awareness
San Marino, CA

Counselor to Cal Conference
UC Berkeley

Success in School:
Making the Connection Between Mental Health and Academic Learning
Redwood Shores, CA

Global Skills and Education Forum
Dubai, UAE

Ventana School
Los Altos, CA

The Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA

Positive Friday
Claremont Graduate University
Claremont, CA

East Asia Regional Council of Schools
International School of Bangkok
Bangkok, Thailand

Education We want; 8th Ed Leadership International Roundtable
Lucknow, India

KIPP Bay Area
San Lorenzo, CA

Youth Community Service
Palo Alto, CA

Black Pine Circle School
Berkeley, CA

Montair Elementary
Danville, CA

National Association of Independent Schools Deep Dive Webinar

National Association of Independent Schools Board of Directors
Washington, D.C.

Roland Park Country School—Series of workshops
Roland Park Country School, Baltimore, MD

California School Nurses Association—Bay Coast
Santa Clara, CA

Sage Vista School
Campbell, CA

Sea Crest School
Half Moon Bay, CA

Advance L.A. “Resilience” Conference
Los Angeles, CA

UC Berkeley’s OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute
Berkeley, CA

Six Seconds EQ Week - A Virtual Festival of Emotional Intelligence
Online webinar

National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls
Orlando, FL

Learning & the Brain Conference - Teaching Self-Aware Minds: Using Brain Science to Boost Social and Emotional Skills
San Francisco, CA

New Teacher Center Symposium
Burlingame, CA

Kaiser Permanente Physician Health & Wellness
Oakland, CA

Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative
San Francisco, CA

Adventures in Homeschooling Conference
Sacramento, CA

Edison Elementary Parent Workshop
Alameda, CA

Sacred Heart Parent Workshop
Atherton, CA

Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative
Los Angeles, CA

California Association of Independent Schools
Oakland, CA

KQED Forum Radio Interview

Bay Area Charter School Symposium
Oakland, CA

Summer Institute for Educators

The GGSC’s Summer Institute for Educators is an extraordinary residential program designed for education professionals held on the UC Berkeley campus.

The institute provides education professionals from all over the world the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the science of prosocial human development and, most importantly, to learn how the practical application of this science can be used to help them build classrooms and schools where both the students and adults thrive.

In addition to listening to brief lectures and learning practical applications of the science, participants engage in deep self-reflection, thought-provoking discussions, and collaborative strategy sessions as they consider how this science applies to the various aspects of education mentioned above. They also have the opportunity to informally share with each other what they are already doing to create thriving classrooms and schools.

Ultimately, participants will leave empowered with cutting-edge, science-based, culturally relevant, and developmentally appropriate strategies, tools, and processes to implement these important aspects of student and adult development in their school environments.

For more information, please click here.

Consulting and Partnerships

We offer advice and expertise to schools, districts, and organizations that are interested in learning more about and implementing social-emotional practices based on the science of a meaningful life. Current and past collaborations include:

  • The Jim Henson Company
  • The Mind and Life Institute
  • Disney/Pixar
  • HopeLab
  • Random Acts of Kindness
  • Harvard University’s Making Caring Common Project
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • YingDe Technology and the Shanghai School District
  • The International School of Brussels/Common Ground Collaborative Curriculum
  • UC Berkeley Global School Project
  • The International School of Bangkok
  • University of Virginia Contemplative Sciences Center & the Curry School of Education
  • Peaceable Kingdom Games
  • Great Schools
  • Committee for Children
  • Open Circle
  • Center for Courage and Renewal
  • MindUp
  • Inner Resilience
  • Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
  • Courage of Care
  • Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Facebook InspirED Program
  • Millennium School, San Francisco
  • Palo Alto Unified School District
  • Center for Reaching and Teaching the Whole Child
  • For more information, please call (510) 642-2451 or email us. You may contact Vicki Zakrzewski directly at Please note that we do not provide evaluation or intervention services.

    Vicki’s Bio

    During her 20 years of experience in education, Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., has worked as a private school director, classroom teacher at California’s first public charter school (which served as the model for Aspire charter schools), administrator at Kaiser Permanente’s award-winning Educational Theatre Programs, and researcher for the Ball Foundation’s Education Initiatives program. Vicki has a B.A. from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. For her dissertation, she 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 the school’s methods for teaching students how to become caring citizens of the world.


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Greater Good Events

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017
Clark Kerr Campus, UC-Berkeley
Sunday, June 25 - Friday, June 30, 2017 OR Sunday, July 16 - Friday, July 21, 2017

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2017

The GGSC’s six-day Summer Institute equips education professionals with prosocial learning strategies, tools and processes that benefit both students and teachers.


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