Stories & Voices
Dionne Grayman, a retired football mom, reflects on Damar Hamlin, why our society has grown so desensitized to the breaking of Black Boy bodies and spirits, and why we need a pause.
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Students explore new angles on the life and ideas of Martin Luther King Jr., and consider their own responses and (re)commitments to justice. 
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Mindfulness practices can help both students and adults stay grounded and connected. This guided visualization activity is one way to bring the benefits of mindfulness to your students. 
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Studies show that isolation and sadness among young people have increased since the pandemic. Students explore ways to address this problem as a society. 

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 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
TeachableMoment
January 21, 2023
Students read about and discuss positive and negative impacts of social media, and reflect on their own experiences through pair shares and group discussion.
News
January 18, 2023
Dionne Grayman, a retired football mom, reflects on Damar Hamlin, why our society has grown so desensitized to the breaking of Black boy bodies and spirits, and why we need a pause.
TeachableMoment
January 10, 2023
Students explore new angles on the life and ideas of Martin Luther King Jr., and consider their own responses and (re)commitments to justice. 
TeachableMoment
December 19, 2022
Mindfulness practices can help both students and adults stay grounded and connected. This guided visualization activity is one way to bring the benefits of mindfulness to your students.