The Academy for the Love of Learning
The Academy is a "think and do tank," activating and practicing a new culture of learning. Exploring the nexus between transformative learning and contemplative practice, the Academy's mission is to awaken, enliven, nurture and sustain the natural love of learning in people of all ages. We seek to encourage and cultivate the powers of critical thought, imagination, curiosity, innate sense of purpose, wonder and inspiration, and an ongoing awakening of the heart. Please visit our website:
Children's Defense Fund
The Children’s Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
CDF is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to health care, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation. Supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations, CDF advocates nationwide on behalf of children to ensure children are always a priority.
Committee for Children
Committee for Children, a Seattle-based nonprofit, offers evidence-based programs for preschool through grade 8 that teach children skills to stay safe
from bullying, violence, and abuse. Children, educators, and families achieve
greater school and life success by learning and practicing a core set of social
and emotional skills: empathy, problem solving, and emotion management.
The organization has worked toward its vision - "Safe Children Thriving in a
Peaceful World" - for 30 years. Committee for Children's award-winning programs,
including the acclaimed Second Step social and emotional learning curriculum,
now reach over 9 million children in 25,000 schools around the world.
A private operating foundation based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Fetzer Institute engages with people and projects around the world to help bring the power of love, forgiveness, and compassion to the center of individual and community life. Founded by broadcast pioneer John E. Fetzer, the Institute carries out its mission in a number of ways: by supporting scientific research to understand how to increase the human capacity for love and forgiveness; by convening conversations that help community leaders explore the practical application of love and compassion in their work; and by sharing compelling stories of love and forgiveness at work in the world. While the Fetzer Institute is not a religious organization, it honors and learns from a variety of spiritual traditions. www.fetzer.org
Founded in 2003, the Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization exploring the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world. The Institute’s mission is to apply the transformative power of contemplation to today’s pressing social and environmental problems, helping build a more compassionate, resilient future. The Garrison Institute envisions increasingly mainstream use of contemplative methods to cultivate caring, insight and courage in individuals, as well as shifts in collective values and worldviews needed to achieve positive social change. Located in a former monastery on the Hudson River north of New York City, the Institute hosts retreat programs with teachers from diverse wisdom traditions and brings a contemplative dimension to key social change fields through its program initiatives - Contemplation and Education, Transforming Trauma and Transformational Ecology. www.garrisoninstitute.org
The Hawn Foundation
The mission of The Hawn Foundation is to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier, and happier lives. Founded in 2003 by award-winning actress, producer, director and long-time children’s advocate Goldie Hawn, the foundation aims to reverse the alarming rates of youth stress, depression and violence.
The Hawn Foundation has worked with neuroscientists, behavioral psychologists, teachers, and leading researchers in social and emotional learning to develop MindUP™, an evidence-based teaching model and 15- lesson curriculum for grades K-7 designed to be readily integrated into existing academic plans throughout the year.
The University of British Columbia, in partnership with the Vancouver School Board, conducted multiple studies on MindUP™’s effect on student behavior and mental health. The studies used rigorous scientific design, including a randomized control trial, to test the program’s effectiveness and showed significant improvements in behaviors, including decreases in aggression and increases in self-esteem.
MindUP™ is currently used by over 1,000 educators in the United States and Canada.
Search Institute® is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. A leading innovator in discovering what children and adolescents need to become caring, healthy, and responsible adults, Search Institute applies this knowledge to motivate and equip everyone to take part in creating a world where all young people are valued and thrive.
Drawing on extensive research, Search Institute brings innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in the lives of young people and their communities. The premier example of this work is the framework of the 40 Developmental Assets®, the most widely recognized approach to positive youth development in North America and, increasingly, around the world.
The Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence® is a global initiative by Search Institute to advance the research and practice of this important and understudied domain of human development. Search Institute, with major support from the John Templeton Foundation, designed the center to become an international hub of theory, research, and practice.
To find out more about the institute, visit the Search Institute Web site: www.search-institute.org.
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