Taking Educator SEL Seriously!
CARE Is a Proven Equitable Pathway to Support Teacher and Student Well-being

By Garrison Institute

Teaching can be a very rewarding profession, but the stresses of the last two years have taken a great toll and we are now facing a teacher crisis of retirement and shortages that will affect and negatively impact education for a generation. A startling new Ed Week finding shows that the % of American teachers that are very satisfied with their jobs drop from 62% in 2010  to just 12% in April of 2022.

Education Forum: Mark Greenberg and Dan Siegel

By Garrison Institute

We commenced the Garrison Institute Forum series on Education with a conversation between two leaders in the field of education, Dan Siegel, M.D., and Mark Greenberg, Ph.D. They explored how caregivers and educators can support children, especially during this time of pandemic, and how we can apply insights from the field of education to respond to the moment we’re in.…

How to Practice Self-Compassion

By Sharon Salzberg

When doing research for my latest book Real Love, I had the opportunity to talk to hundreds of my students around the world about what love meant to them—self-love, love for friends and family, romantic love, parental love, love in all contexts. In many of these conversations, the topic of “letting go” came up. In all facets of life, we…

VIDEO: Improving the Well-Being of Teachers and Students

By Garrison Institute

One of the reasons that teachers experience so much stress at work is that they haven’t developed the social and emotional skills that are required to work under the conditions that they’re faced with. To address this need, a team at the Garrison Institute created the CARE for Teachers program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education). We recently held our Tenth Annual…

INFOGRAPHIC: Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE for Teachers)

By Garrison Institute

Ten years ago we had a vision that a program designed to support teachers’ well-being and mindfulness would transform classroom environments. Today we celebrate our success with first day of our Tenth Annual CARE retreat at the Garrison Institute and the infographic below. Our research has confirmed that when we take CARE of our teachers, they are better prepared to…

City of Compassion

By Tish Jennings

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is a leader in the compassionate cities movement. The Compassionate Schools Project is a result of his vision and leadership. It is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of a 21st century health and wellness curriculum in an elementary or secondary school setting. My colleagues and I at the Curry School of Education and the Contemplative…

Why CARE for Teachers Matters

By Garrison Institute

In the video below, teachers talk about what the CARE for Teachers program is and why it matters. By using mindfulness and other emotion skills training techniques, the program helps teachers regulate both their own well-being and the quality of their classrooms. Since this video was produced, more research about the CARE for Teachers program has been completed. It was previously known that…

How Mindfulness Can Transform the Classroom

By Tish Jennings

“How are things going for you?” I asked Jan, a fourth-grade teacher participating in the federally funded research project being conducted in New York City. Jan had just completed the first two days of the CARE for Teachers mindfulness-based teacher professional development program and I had called her for a phone coaching session to see how she was doing as…