News & Highlights

Lessons in Empathy

Three years ago, when Providence Center was rethinking its after school program they turned to community leaders to determine what the children needed: it was help coping with the brutal circumstances of living in Philly’s highest-poverty and most murderous neighborhood. So Providence Center hired Christa Tinari’s PeacePraxis, which brings research-based social emotional learning (SEL) programs into schools. Now, afternoons at the school revolve around a curriculum that teaches children skills of resiliency, conflict resolution, empathy, and self-awareness. Those skills, in turn, have helped students become more attentive and interact better with their peers and teachers in class—and beyond. [continue reading…]
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Letting Happiness Flourish in the Classroom

Emma Seppala, the author of “The Happiness Track,” and science director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, suggests that happiness can be a rare beast in our classrooms, but we can create and protect learning conditions in which happiness can flourish. [continue reading…]
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What if Schools Taught Kindness?

Laura Pinger & Lisa Flook ask the question: why teach kindness to kids? The school environment can be very stressful; in addition to any issues they bring from home, many students struggle to make friends and perform well in class. Being excluded, ignored, or teased is very painful for a young child, and we thought it could be impactful to teach empathy and compassion. When other kids are suffering can we understand how they might be feeling? Kindness bridges those gaps and helps build a sense of connection among the students, the teachers, and even the parents. Learning to strengthen their attention and regulate their emotions are foundational skills that could benefit kids in school and throughout their whole lives. [continue reading…]

Begin Within

This article from Teaching Tolerance observes that it’s not unusual for educators to shy away from topics like police violence, economic inequality, mass incarceration and white privilege. Some feel unprepared; others feel too emotionally involved. Use these strategies to build the confidence and fortitude necessary to facilitate conversations your students need to have. [continue reading…]
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Managing Director: One Common Unity

One Common Unity is a non-profit organization that inspires personal growth and nurtures sustainable, caring communities through social-emotional learning services and arts empowerment programming. The Managing Director’s role is to provide operational and programmatic support to further One Common Unity’s mission. Reporting to and working closely with the Executive Director, the Managing Director will oversee operations, programs, planning, and support the integration of the work of the organization into a cohesive whole. [continue reading…]
Activity Reports

Vive la Educación y la estrategia RESPIRA

Save the Children, a través del proyecto Vive la Educación y la estrategia Respira, mejora el bienestar y la atención plena en ocho instituciones educativas del sur-occidente de Colombia. Casi 4000 docentes y estudiantes mejoran su atención y bienestar en zonas afectadas por el conflicto armado en el sur-occidente de Colombia desde 2013. Gracias al financiamiento de la Embajada de Canadá y la estrategia RESPIRA, ocho escuelas rurales y urbanas de Cauca y Nariño trabajan la convivencia pacífica y la resiliencia personal. [continue reading…]
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NFL Hall of Famer urges high school students to take stand against violence

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and former New England Patriots linebacker and NFL Hall of Famer Andre Tippett told Central High School students on Thursday that football players and other school athletes can help lead the way in preventing violence. Healey and Tippet visited Central to promote “Game-Change: The Patriots Anti-Violence Partnership,” a new initiative of the AG’s office and the New England Patriots aimed at providing students with the tools to combat a culture of violence that has crept into American society. [continue reading…]

Healing From Moral Injury

(Original article: Lauren Porosoff, Teaching Tolerance Magazine No. 51, Fall 2015) By seventh grade, Jerome had a reputation: weak performance on assessments, inconsistent homework, frequent need for redirection in class, [continue reading…]