When teaching middle school students in a culturally diverse, high poverty area, I learned about their vulnerability and need for healing, reassurance, and adults they could trust. The violence in America and my experiences conducting successful school improvement projects in urban areas, collaborating with some of the foremost elementary school principals, teaching yoga on a weekly basis for over 15 years, and directing research for national organizations have all shaped my philosophy and leadership in promoting mindfulness and meditation, neuroscience, and educational excellence.
Thank you so much for your generous support over the years. We are truly blessed to be supported by persons such as yourself. I love your phrase "clearing the challenges." That is indeed what can be accomplished through Heart Centered Education. There is much work to be done! Best, Chris
Kevin, I know you are on the road again - Arizona/New Mexico I believe, with your traveling astronomy show! I have seen students and teachers enthralled by your videos, explanations, and demonstrations. Students so eager to learn that their eyes are riveted on your presentations. This is what we aim for. It is a joy to be counted among your colleagues. Rest well tonight and thanks for taking a few minutes so that we could add your story to ours.
From Kevin Manning, Astronomer (who had trouble posting)
I have had an ongoing collaboration with Dr. Christine Mason, Executive Director for the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI), for several years, and have worked with her in middle schools, teaching teachers about astronomy as part of bringing STEM and project based learning to schools (http://www.lookuptothestars.com). From my work with youth, families, schools, and communities, I have seen first-hand the value of increasing student engagement, which is a critical part of Heart Centered Learning. CEI is currently investigating some innovative ideas to infuse science and 21st Century learning at a deeper level into elementary and middle schools.
In my experiences working alongside Dr. Mason in workshops, I have found her enthusiasm, intelligence, and innovative methods highly stimulating to my own intellect, and have seen the results of those methods being shared with great reception. For students of various learning styles to be engaged in the learning experience beyond purposes of mere academic achievement, it takes a sincere focus on what motivates the heart, especially for those students lacking intrinsic motivation toward learning. In scientific inquiry, the requirements of passion, curiosity, and patience take an important role in learning. CEI's Heart Centered Learning and 21st Century approach achieve these and much more.