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Students share their anxieties about the new school year, consider how to support each other, store their findings in a "time capsule" – and pass on their wisdom to the next class.
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Guidelines and activities for marking the 9/11 anniversary and educating students about the events of that day and their impact
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This lesson for middle and high school students is intended to offer joy and inspiration, and the opportunity to be in community with peers. 
News
Our new Beginners Guide to Equity in Schools is our invitation to you to create your own journey toward a strong and supportive school community that honors every child and every adult.

Our Work

We partner with district leaders and school leaders to…

Build community

Build community in their schools and classrooms

Strengthen students’ social and emotional skills

Strengthen students’ social and emotional skills

Increase equity through restorative practices

Increase equity through courageous conversations on race

What does equitable public education look like? 

Watch our brand new video to learn about how we work to center equity, joy and justice every step of the way.

Watch with Spanish subtitles.

Our Impact

Through programs including The 4Rs and Restore360, we help preK-12 educators bring transformative change to their schools and students' lives.
Hundreds of schools reached yearly
Since 1982, Morningside Center has helped tens of thousands of educators make their schools and classrooms more caring, collaborative, equitable and effective.
Scientific studies show strong results

Two major scientific studies found that our programs improve students’ social and emotional competency, their academic performance, and the classroom climate.

Suspensions decline dramatically
Schools implementing our restorative practices programs saw suspensions drop an average of 43%, while students’ social skills and engagement increased.

Our Services

Together with educators, we create joyful, productive, and equitable schools by weaving together three approaches:
Students doing a Heart Story activity

Young people and adults learn and practice skills to help them do well in school and in life.

Students doing a Heart Story activity
Students in a Building Belonging circle

Young people stay connected through processes that foster a caring and equitable school community.

Students in a Building Belonging circle
Racial Equality

School staff increase their cultural competency and ensure that school systems and structures elevate every child.

Racial Equality

I can't thank you enough for all the resources, support, and encouragement! This program is breathing new life and meaning into my teaching. It is bringing new conversations into our teaching lives and friendships. 

Y. Gray, Robert F. Wagner School, Manhattan

The impact of this work is apparent in our data, including our academic performance and surveys of teachers, students, and parents, which show how much trust there is between students and staff.  Suspensions are now a rarity in our school. We don’t need suspensions to sustain student engagement and respect.

Patrick Burns, Principal, MS 217, Queens

The circle helps me connect with the students and the school and the staff. My favorite moment is when everyone comes together, becomes a family…and just shares.

Fredy, 12th grade student, Green School, Brooklyn

Interested in Working with Morningside?

What's New?

Fresh TeachableMoment lessons, readings & announcements
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September 20, 2022
Educators learn about the neuroscience of storytelling and experience for themselves a storytelling activity they can use with students. The activity is the first session in our new guide, Teaching as an Act of Solidarity: A Beginner’s Guide to Equity in Schools.
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September 18, 2022
Air travel is becoming one of the worst contributors to climate change. In this activity, students read about and discuss the impact of air travel on the climate crisis and what we should do about it - personally and as a society.
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September 11, 2022
Students anonymously share their anxieties about the new school year, consider how to support each other, store their findings in a "time capsule" that they revisit later in the year – and pass on their wisdom and encouragement to the next class.
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September 6, 2022
If you're looking to honor Labor Day and working people in your classroom, consider these lessons from our collection.