Dear Morningside Center friends,
Happy October! In this enewsletter, you'll find:
- What do students remember most? A story from the classroom
- Recent news from the field of social & emotional learning
- Job openings at our PAZ After-school program
- Latest postings on TeachableMoment -- including two lessons that use SEL approaches to help create a positive climate in your classroom this year. Enjoy!
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)
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.
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...
Our new 8-minute video features teachers, principals and kids who are integrating our top-ranked SEL program into their schools.
Friday mornings don’t look the way they used to at Brooklyn’s PS 130. That’s the time when every teacher in the school is teaching The 4Rs. Throughout the school, on every grade, every child is reading a book or discussing it, or doing an activity that helps build essential social skills (such as understanding and handling feelings, problem-solving, and dealing well with diversity). Read more...
Morningside Center is lucky to be a partner in a fascinating project with the Dunbar Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia, supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read more...
Several years ago, Morningside Center decided to try out an innovative teacher coaching model called “My Teaching Partner", developed by researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA). When our staff developer Cora Miles asked for teachers who wanted to participate in the project, a third-grade teacher, “Denise,” stepped forward. Read more...
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!
Read the full story
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.
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