On November 7, Morningside Center learned that we had been awarded a prestigious federal i3 (Investing in Innovation) grant to build skills, community, and equity in our schools. Our proposal for a Whole School Restorative Practices Project was one of 15 selected from the 385 received by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant will support four years of exciting action, innovation, and research.
On February 22, the Trump administration rescinded the Obama administration’s helpful guidelines on transgender students.
Right now, our kids need us. And we need you.
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, educators are looking for ways to address students' anxieties, build the classroom and school community, counter bias and harassment, and address political issues raised by the election. Below is a collection of activities and teaching ideas from the TeachableMoment section of our website that may be helpful. We'll be generating additional activities in the weeks to come.
In the wake of 9/11, many NYC students and educators were traumatized and in need of support. Our long-time colleague Linda Lantieri and a group of other educators and mental health practitioners came together to offer that support through a new organization called the I
Restorative circles have transformative power: They can create community where none existed before. They can connect students to each other and to the rest of the school community in meaningful ways. They can create safe, welcoming spaces to build trust and hone our skills. They can help us take on thorny issues, from discipline problems and conflict to implicit bias and inequity.
See our 28-page pdf booklet GETTING TO KNOW YOU for a wide range of activities will help you use social and emotional learning strategies to get the year off to a good start. Also check out the stand-alone introductory and community-building activities below from the TeachableMoment section of our website.
We hope you and your students have a great year!
We are seeking to fill a data entry position for our PAZ (Peace from A-Z) After-School Programs. Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility operates three after-school programs that strengthen the social and emotional competencies of some 560 students from grades K-8.
Morningside Center is looking for talented educators to help us carry out our work in NYC schools! If you are an experienced educator with a commitment to social and emotional learning, we urge you to apply.
Bronx high school students in a community-building circle.
Photo © Carolina Kroon
Dear Morningside Center friends,
Our staff developers have been working intensively all year with tens of thousands of students, teachers, and principals. And do they have stories to tell! Stories of young people who, given the chance, seize the opportunity to open up, to connect, to learn. Stories of dedicated teachers and principals who, amid all the pressures and deadlines, are willing to try something new and difficult (like restorative circles) if it will help their students and improve their schools.
I’m writing to share some stories from our schools, and to thank you for helping to make this work possible through your support for Morningside Center. Please donate now so that you can make more good things happen in the year to come! Your contribution will help us strengthen our programs and create new ones to meet the needs of young people and their schools.