The Mind and Life Institute
The Mind and Life Institute [MLI] was co-founded in 1987 by the Dalai Lama, neuroscientist Francisco J. Varela and Adam Engle for the purpose of creating a rigorous dialogue and research collaboration between modern science and the world’s living contemplative traditions.
Since 2000, the primary focus of MLI has been the creation of a new interdisciplinary field of science that asks and answers the question: how do we create and maintain a healthy mind?
The Mind and Life Institute operates through five divisions:
- Meetings and Dialogues
- Summer Research Institute
- Research Networks
- Research Grants and Sponsorship
Please see the Mind and Life Institute website at www.mindandlife.org for more information.
Harvard University Graduate School of Education
Education is the single most important ingredient for a successful society. Why? Education affords children and adults the opportunity to reach their potential as learners and thereby become productive, proud citizens.
Harvard University has long understood the central role of education for producing caring communities and vibrant economies. Since 1920, the Harvard Graduate School of Education has been Harvard's headquarters for education enterprise. At HGSE, our mission is to create knowledge and prepare future leaders who will have a profound impact on education practice, policy, and research. Each day – in classrooms and boardrooms, in small community organizations and in the halls of Congress, from small one-room schoolhouses to the largest educational institutions in the world – the Harvard Graduate School of Education makes a difference. Our faculty, graduates, and students have accepted the challenge of changing the world.
In addition to the work of individual members of the HGSE community, the Ed School leverages its strengths through its research centers, collaborations within the larger Harvard community, and relationships with school districts around the world.
Stanford University School of Education
Stanford University School of Education is committed to developing new knowledge that can be used to improve education and to make quality education more accessible in the United States and abroad. Faculty probe the ways education environments are affected by larger economic, social, and political contexts. Some pursue theoretical issues related to the goals of education and the nature of learning, while others conduct research addressing teaching and curriculum development, testing and evaluation, school organization and finance, and school reform.
To ensure the usefulness of the knowledge produced and to enhance training opportunities for students, we run our own K-12 charter school in an economically disadvantaged community. We also have sustained collaborations with organizations serving youth in several Bay Area communities and ongoing partnerships with district and school leaders.
The programs at the Stanford University School of Education prepare students for leadership roles in groundbreaking, cross-disciplinary inquiry that shapes educational practices around the globe. Our alumni are some of the world’s most outstanding leaders in the field of education.
College of Education at Pennsylvania State University
The mission of the Penn State College of Education is to deepen and extend knowledge about the formation and utilization of human capabilities. Our efforts to deepen knowledge lie at the heart of our lives as researchers; our efforts to extend knowledge speak to our desire to teach and provide outstanding pre-service as well as in-service education for a wide range of professionals in the field. Our interest in the formation of human capabilities is perhaps best known given the substantial effort we devote to the preparation of teachers, counselors, and human service professionals. But, we are also deeply involved in helping society make the best possible use of human capabilities as evidenced by our programs and research in areas like career counseling, workforce education and development, and the broad social and economic impact of education on society.
Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia
Situated in Thomas Jefferson’s university, the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia is uniquely positioned to contribute new ideas and solutions to the challenges facing society, schools, and students. We have an eminent faculty whose expertise spans the spectrum of education-related disciplines. Our work is grounded in the best scientific thinking and evidence; our commitment is that the professionals we prepare and the innovations we produce have lasting and demonstrable effects.
Curry emphasizes the following areas in education: 21st century learning, health and well-being, leadership, and public policy. Curry’s newly created Virginia Center for Education Policy is working to gather and analyze Virginia’s educational investment data that can be used in crafting state legislation and policy. Our Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning has developed scientifically tested instruments that have been drafted into legislation. As a consequence of this work we are active in improving the definition of “highly qualified teacher” in revisions to the No Child Left Behind Act.
At the Curry School, we have adopted a broad vision for our collective work in terms of three actions: discover, create, change. We engage in discovery of new ideas and challenges, we create solutions and innovations, and we test our ideas and solutions in efforts to change the current state of education.
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education
Long recognized as a leader in education, today the School is addressing some of society's most critical needs. Through partnerships with Professional Development Schools, we're preparing future teachers to succeed in diverse urban settings. Through research and innovative programs such as Cognitively Guided Instruction, we're helping children improve their skills in reading, mathematics, and science. Through distance-education initiatives such as the Master of Science for Professional Educators, we're helping teachers meet new challenges and grow professionally.
UW-Madison School of Education’s key strengths include: outstanding faculty, staff, and students in education, the arts, and human services; outreach activities benefiting citizens throughout the state and nation; and innovative research that year after year wins significant federal, state, and private support. We're also addressing issues that reach beyond the K-12 classroom. Research conducted in the kinesiology department, for instance, is contributing to the understanding and treatment of widespread health problems such as diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and traumatic brain injury.
CASEL – Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is the world’s leading organization advancing research, school practice, and public policy that nurtures children’s essential social and emotional competencies. These, in turn, foster academic achievement, a sense of belonging, positive behavior, and the development of the skills and qualities children need to succeed in the 21st century. CASEL’s premise is that social and emotional learning (SEL) is the missing piece in most school reform/school improvement efforts, and is essential to optimal learning. In order to accomplish its mission to establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of pre-K-12 education, CASEL promotes rigorous, evidence-based approaches that enhance children’s positive social and emotional development in all aspects of their education—in-school, after-school, and in school-family partnerships. To learn more, please visit www.casel.org.
American Psychological Association
The American Psychological Association (APA), in Washington, DC, is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. APA's membership includes more than 148,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. Through its divisions in 54 subfields of psychology and affiliations with 60 state, territorial, and Canadian provincial associations, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession and as a means of promoting human welfare.
George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Established in 1821 in the heart of the nation’s capital, The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of GW’s academic units with more than 40 departments and programs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Columbian College provides the foundation for GW’s commitment to the liberal arts and a broad education for all students. An internationally recognized faculty and active partnerships with prestigious research institutions place Columbian College at the forefront in advancing policy, enhancing culture, and transforming lives through research and discovery.
University of Michigan School of Education
The University of Michigan School of Education, established in 1921, houses a community dedicated to improving educational practice. More than 70 faculty members are engaged in educating and preparing the 800-plus student body to advance knowledge, create educational strategies, develop and test theories and tools, and analyze data and practice. Programs and projects range from preparing elementary, secondary, and higher education teachers to developing new learning technologies; from improving elementary and secondary mathematics and science education to reducing educational disparities; from training quantitative analysts to preparing education researchers.