Volume 1, Issue 8 | July 2021
HeartMind e-News: Teach, Learn, Lead
A monthly publication dedicated to trauma-informed, compassionate school practices that help educators, students, and families move toward a sense of wholeness and well-being
Listening to Youth

This month we took time to listen to youth about their educational needs. We learned how those needs may have shifted during and after Covid and how we as educators can better collaborate with students to foster an optimal learning environment for growth.

We feature three articles this month. First, we share a recap and takeaways from a listening and learning roundtable by U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and six high school graduates from across the country discussing how the Department of Education can better address their needs. Next, we share takeaways from a CEI hosted Youth Listening Tour where we conversed with American youth who shared concrete action steps we can take to improve education. Lastly, we give you a glimpse of resources and information available at Youth.gov, a top-tier portal to connect with youth-led initiatives.
Featured Articles
Our HeartMind e-News connects the relationship of heart centered learning and mindfulness to current research and circumstances. Our goal is to provide our readers with concrete opportunities to further implementation of heart centered practices in their schools and districts. These opportunities will include suggestions for reflection, journaling, dialoguing, and compassionate classroom activities. These exercises often start with adults, working on our own knowledge and skills, before we turn to students.
In Their Voices: High School Students Speak with Secretary Cardona
We share an overview of the Q&A's posed by youth to U.S. Education Secretary Cardona about the future of education, as well as their words of advice for him.

CEI’s Youth Listening Tour: What We Learned and The Pathway Forward
CEI recently hosted a Youth Listening Tour designed to help educators, stakeholders, and other adults better understand the needs of students in the American education system. Youth listening tours are a time in which students can voice their concerns, dreams, and goals for the future of education and are designed to elevate student voices, increase student agency, and make positive changes in our education system for all students. Middle school, high school, and college students around the United States shared their experiences and perspectives over the past year and gave CEI concrete steps for advancing education for all.

We share a summary of what we learned. Read more.
Youth.gov: Engaging and Empowering Youth
It can be overwhelming for any individual or organization passionate about supporting youth to identify the most pressing and relevant issues to be addressed. Who is most vulnerable? Why? And where to start?

If you want to mobilize the best resources out there to implement real change, Youth.gov (https://youth.gov) is the place to start. This website provides activists, educators, organizations, and just about anyone with a comprehensive, systematic guide to evidence-based solutions for youth-facing issues.

Upcoming Events and Announcements
Read Why You Need a Vision Now. This blogpost was first published on Corwin Connect on June 25, 2021. Republished with permission. 

Authors: Christine Mason, Paul Liabenow, and Melissa Patschke.
Practical tips to guide your school/district through trauma and stress as they seek to advance equity and justice.

Join our research-based webinars to learn about experiencing joy and healing through mindful self-care.
Learn about the Coalition for the Future of Education and read and sign-on to our letter to the Biden Administration and Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona requesting support for actions that will address our vision for the future of education.
Our Vision

We envision a world that leans in with heart and compassion for self, others, and our environment, where people and institutions are dedicated to expanding conscious acts of caring, building resiliency, and advancing learning, equity, and justice.

We envision safe and equitable schools with education that serves as the foundation for our humanity; it is flexible and empowering. There is room for adventure, students drive their own learning, learning and self-understanding are celebrated, and communities support their individual and collective self-care, and well-being.
Visioning Onward: A Guide for All Schools
Use our step-by-step guide to define your vision—and make it reality—as a part of your school's reopening plan

Schools right now have the opportunity to undertake significant steps to improve education and the lives of all students and faculty. Such changes will take some thought, research, and determination. Visioning Onward will provide a template to help you use American Rescue funds wisely.

Let this inspirational resource be your guide. By following its one-of-a-kind iterative visioning process, you’ll sharpen your vision into a road map for transformative change—tailored to the needs of your learning community, alleviating trauma, and strengthening resiliency and academic learning.
Turn vision into reality, possibilities into plans, and create an environment that strengthens engagement, provides safe and nurturing learning opportunities, and produces students with the skills, knowledge, and disposition to be successful in life.