According to a new study, empathic discipline cuts suspension rates in half and improves student-teacher relationships.
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There are people who got bad grades but grew up to be successful adults, says Mark Katz. What’s their secret—and how can schools help?
Teacher Appreciation Week is here, not a moment too soon. How can parents and students help teachers to see their own strengths?
A moving account of the lessons one teacher took back from our Summer Institute for Educators.
Another school year is over. And just in time, here are activities from our new web resource to help teachers make the most of summer.
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 shows that teachers of all races are more likely to punish black students. Fortunately, research also points to solutions.
When taught together, social-emotional learning and mindfulness can have even greater impact on both individuals and the world around us.
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.
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.
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: 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: The Neuroscience of Good CoachingBy Marshall Moore | February 18, 2014
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
Summer Institute participants describe how they've used what they learned last summer
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
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.
A new scan of teacher education programs reveals that very few teachers receive training in social-emotional learning.
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.
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.
In a Q&A, neuroscientist Ron Dahl explains how parents can help younger teens avoid depression and anxiety as they become more independent.
In an adaptation from his new book, Dacher Keltner explains the secret to gaining and keeping power: focus on the good of others.
A Q&A with Kendall Bronk about instilling purpose in teens—and the emerging research showing why it's so important.
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