Last week, our staff developer Marieke van Woerkom was moved by students at Brooklyn’s PS 309, who still had vivid memories of what they had learned last year from PS 24's visiting Diversity Panel... (continue)
A message from the Executive Director
A New Yorker cartoon shows a school bus. One of the kids says to the child sitting next to him, “I turned five. That’s why I’m here. What are you in for?”
The obsession with testing during the past two decades has made school a grim and anxious affair for children and adults alike. Read more...
'I laughed, I cried, I learned!'
The 300+ educators who joined our 4th annual Courageous Schools Conference on May 18 gave the event glowing reviews. Thanks to all who came and contributed! The day was full of rich discussion and skills-building workshops, like the one on Restorative Circles (at right, photo by Christopher Smith).
See our report on the conference, and video/text excerpts from Diane Ravitch's riveting keynote address.
Our new 8-minute video features teachers, principals and kids who are integrating our top-ranked SEL program into their schools.
Washington Post cites our 4Rs Program!
The piece describes some of the great work underway at PS 307 in Brooklyn: "Faculty members say lunchrooms and hallways are calmer, teachers and students interact better, and suspensions have dropped....Programs such as The 4Rs give [CASEL President Roger] Weissberg hope that Congress will revisit SEL legislation. “This is the future of education,” he says. "Believing self-control predicts success, schools teach coping," Andrew Reiner on April 11, 2013
For more info on our work at PS 307, see our interview with principal Roberta Davenport.
PAZ IN PERIL - AGAIN!
New York City's childcare and after-school programs - including our award-winning PAZ After-School Programs at PS 24 in Brooklyn and at PS 214 in the Bronx - are on the chopping block - again!
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New report finds two Morningside programs among most effective in nation at fostering social & emotional learning
A just-released comprehensive report on school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) programs has named Morningside Center’s 4Rs Program and our Resolving Conflict Creatively Program as two of the 23 most effective SEL programs in the country. The report, developed by CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic, Social & Emotional Learning), was announced on Capitol Hill on September 20 by Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Judy Bigger (R-IL), leading national advocates for SEL.
Lauren Fardig-Diop accepts our Courageous Teacher Award
"More than Regents pass rates and how to write an analytical essay, I have always aimed to teach my students about reading, writing and communicating as a member of a society, as a member of a global population." Read more...
A Message from the Executive Director
I PLAY THE RECORDER, and I’m part of an amateur ensemble. Rachel is our teacher and coach. From time to time, if we lapse into a moment of sloppy or careless playing, she’ll look around at us, a twinkle in her eye, and ask, “Is that how you want to be remembered?” Read more...
EMPATHY 101: Bronx kids connect to the plight of Iraqi refugees through our Nothing Like My Home Project
In June, the PBS NewsHour aired a moving report by producer John Tulenko featuring Lauren Fardig, a teacher at Banana Kelly High School in the South Bronx, and her ninth grade students. Through Morningside Center's NOTHING LIKE MY HOME project, Fardig brought her students "as close as she possibly could, without leaving the classroom, to the millions of people who have fled the war in Iraq and become refugees." Students responded with intense empathy. Read more...
'We've got to prepare young people for life in the world we live in'
"I am in the middle of a lot of the debates going on throughout the country about education today. On one hand I am encouraged by the fact that we are focused on learning..."
Check out our new how-to guide for schools!
Beginning with the Children: A Guide to Creating a PEACE HELPERS PROGRAM
Our new 73-page guide describes a field-tested, step-by-step process schools can use to train and support young students (Grade K-2) in serving as "peace helpers" in their classrooms. Peace Helpers take part in workshops to develop their skills in listening, handling feelings, mediating conflicts, and leadership. Then they and their teacher establish a classroom peace corner, where students can go if they are upset or having a conflict. Peace Helpers are available to talk with their classmates in the Peace Corner or help fellow students talk out a conflict. (See Edutopia's video about our Peace Helpers Program at PS 24 .)
Beginning with the Children was produced with support from the JAMS Foundation.
Our Diversity Work In the Media
As part of its documentary The New York Connection, Dutch Public TV turned its cameras on Morningside Center trainers Marieke van Woerkom and Emma Gonzalez, student diversity panel members, and a mediation session led by young peer mediators -- all part of our ongoing diversity program at Brooklyn's PS 24. See our work in action in this 5-minute video clip.
See Eleanor J. Bader's richly drawn portrait of Morningside Center's work in schools, focusing on Brooklyn's PS 130, in the online publication On the Issues --Beginning with the Children: To Teach Peace.
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