Articles on Education

Character Education that Really Counts

By Tiffany Meyer

Four years at Riverview Elementary has taught eight-year-old Lydia Castro a lot about character. Words like responsibility, respect, trustworthiness and compassion are partnered with clear rules about right and wrong behavior in the school’s character education program — one of many nationally recognized programs implemented in schools throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Compassionate Communication and Waldorf Schools (PDF)

By John Cunningham

NVC Certified Trainer, John Cunningham provides the case for the integration of Compassionate Communication in the Waldorf School model.

Fostering Relationship Intelligence in the Classroom: Start Where You Are

By Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson

Life is about relationships! In J Krishnamurti’s words, Life is change through relationship. Each moment, each of us is in constant interaction, interconnectedness and exchange with someone or some thing — even if it is “just” with our own mind. The quality of these interactions determines whether we, and our world, are thriving or merely surviving.

Partnership Education and Nonviolent Communication (PDF)

By Rob Koegel

Ultimately, whether we call ourselves holistic, progressive, or liberating educators, our goal is to infuse more respect and partnership into a world based on dominance and submission.

If Your Child’s Emotional IQ Were Tested, Would They Pass?

By Tiffany Meyer

It’s that time of year again. While parents shop for school supplies and new sneakers, U.S. standardized test scores are being released and analyzed under the stringent criteria of the No Child Left Behind’s raise ‘em up or shut ‘em down policies. As schools reel or jump for joy in response to their test scores, leading brain research poses a compelling question: If your child’s emotional IQ were tested, would they pass?

Respect in the School Starts with Respect for Yourself (PDF)

By Justine Mol

Translated from an article printed in a newsletter sent to all primary schools in the Netherlands. One of a series of articles about the Rosenberg School and working with Nonviolent Communication.

Teachers Take Up New Tools to Battle Burnout (PDF)

PuddleDancer Press

Teachers who practice the Compassionate or Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process discover surprising wellsprings of power,” says Sura Hart, coauthor of The Compassionate Classroom with Victoria Kindle Hodson. “They spend no more time on lessons than before, and they ride on higher levels of energy and optimism.