In a survey, 4Rs students were asked what they do when they get upset. Here are some of their responses:
In her recent HuffPost blog, YouthBuild founder and CEO Dorothy Stoneman writes that “social entrepreneurship” has actually been around for a long time: “The idea that individuals create solutions to social problems, raise philanthropic dollars to replicate them, and then ‘take them to scale’ with public funds, to solve the big problems across the land, is not really new. But the relatively new title of ‘social entrepreneur’ has caught the imagination of foundations and public leaders, and attracts the idealistic activists who feel that creating something wonderful is more satisfying than attacking something that isn't working.”
When I was in college, I practically lived in the painting studio. But I didn’t keep it up after I graduated. When I tried to get back into it I discarded canvas after canvas, thinking the next project would surely be easier. After a while, I convinced myself that I had forgotten how to paint. Maybe I just wasn’t good at it anymore.
More and more schools and school districts are recognizing that we need to change the whole way we think about “discipline.”
Introducing mindfulness into the middle school classroom has been an interesting endeavor for me this year. Mindful awareness (attending to the here and now, being fully present, with intention and curiosity, trying not to judge) is challenging for most people. It certainly has been for me.
I was working in Warren recently, a city hard hit by layoffs and shutdowns in the Ohio Rust Belt. One of the 8th grade teachers asked me if I could model a circle in her classroom. She was interested in engaging her students in a different way.
“How do we ensure that schools are warm, welcoming, fair, and effective in the treatment of all students?”
Fourth-graders (the amazing 4B!) in our PAZ after-school program at PS 214 in the Bronx just sent us a giant thank you card, and we thought we'd share it with you!
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