PAZ Afterschool Program students at annual Peace Festival, PS 24, Brooklyn.

Photo © Carolina Kroon


Morningside Center works hand in hand with educators to help young people develop the values, personal qualities, and skills they need to thrive and contribute to their communities—from the classroom to the world.

A national leader in the fields of social and emotional learning (SEL) and restorative practices, Morningside Center has developed a range of research-based programs that improve students' social and emotional intelligence, build community, and increase equity school-wide. Through these programs:

  • Students learn to resolve conflicts, stand up to bullying and bias, handle anger, embrace differences, and take leadership to improve their communities.
  • Teachers receive professional development in fostering social and emotional learning and creating a positive classroom community. 
  • Principals, guidance counselors, other school staff, and parents learn strategies to help them make their school a safe, positive and equitable learning environment.

Since 1982, we have helped hundreds of thousands of children and adults learn these skills and improve their schools through programs including The 4Rs (Reading, Writing, Respect & Resolution) and Resolving Conflict Creatively. Two major research studies found that both programs have a significant positive effect on students’ behavior, their social and emotional competency, their academic performance, and the classroom climate

Our work, once focused only in New York City public schools, has expanded to other school districts around the country.