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Teaching Peace in Elementary School, New York Times, 11/14/2015 15scelfo-blog427

By JULIE SCELFO.   Photo Credit:  Sophie Lécuyer

FOR years, there has been a steady stream of headlines about the soaring mental health needs of college students and their struggles with anxiety and lack of resilience.

Now, a growing number of educators are trying to bolster emotional competency not on college campuses, but where they believe it will have the greatest impact: in elementary schools. (read more) 

Kindness curriculum’ boosts school success in prescuniv wisconsinhoolers.

University of Wisconsin – Madison News, Jan. 23, 2015 by Kelly April Tyrrell

Researchers found that kids who had participated in the curriculum earned higher marks in academic performance measures and showed greater improvements in areas that predict future success than kids who had not.


Reprinted from Huffington Post
Stephen Henry Fox

Drs. Maya Soetoro-Ng and Kerrie Urosevich presented their ideas about building a more peaceful world at MauiTEDx on September 28, 2014 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and it’s not work for wimps. TED is not about selling products or programs, it’s about ideas.

ASCD: September 2014 | Volume 72 | Number 1
Motivation MattersInside Out: The Power of Relationships
By meeting students’ social and emotional needs, schools can spark motivation and engagement. Gentle Tassione and Linda Inlay

Maria is a quiet girl who offers absolutely no clues as to who she is. She’s had good grades until now, has a strong core group of friends, and is always on time. One of us, her teacher (Gentle Tassione), knows Maria is an avid reader because she sees book after book on her desk. When Maria runs out of books, she asks Gentle to recommend another. When Gentle asks which books she’s liked best, Maria just smiles. Gentle recommends title after title, and they talk a little about each, building a connection through the language of books. So it goes for six months, until a biweekly listening group where everything changes.

Are you raising nice kids?   Washington Post 7/18/2014

Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, and the Making Caring Common Project have come up with recommendations about how to raise children to become caring, respectful and responsible adults.

newyorktimes picThe New History Wars – NY Times.

WASHINGTON — WITH the news dominated by stories of Americans dying at home and abroad, it might seem trivial to debate how history is taught in our schools. But if we want students to understand what is happening in Missouri or the Middle East, they need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to understand and interpret that picture. People don’t kill one another just for recreation. They have reasons. Those reasons are usually historical.

Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health:
The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness. This long-term study found statistically significant associations between measured social-emotional skills in kindergarten and key young adult outcomes across multiple domains of education, employment, criminal activity, substance use, and mental health.

everything you changeEverything You Change Changes Everything

Henry F. De Sio, former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama at the beginning of the first administration, and 2008 Chief Operating Officer (COO) in the Obama for America presidential campaign, offers his expertise and experience on the topic of new leadership skills.

(Re)Discovering Social Emotional Learning Sandy Cameli, Coordinator of Teacher Induction & Mentoring for West Hawaii DOE schools on the “Social-Emotional Learning” (or SEL) and how it has been an essential part of middle school education for decades.

Powerpoint for Teacher Workshops: Rights of Indigeneous Peoples.  A powerpoint from Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie, Ka Huli Ao Center for Native Hawaiian Law, William S. Richardson School of Law , and University of Hawai’i at Mānoa on Indigenous Peoples & the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.