Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)
David Germano, director of the University of Virginia’s Contemplative Sciences Center offers his thoughts on the center and its progress in the year since it was formed.
Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE): A Cluster Randomized Controlled Efficacy Trial
Led by Tish Jennings, Associate Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, with Mark Greenberg (Penn State) and Joshua Brown (Fordham); this is is a test of a mindfulness-based professional development program designed to improve teachers' well-being and their social-emotional competence, and thereby the quality of the classroom, student behavior and academic achievement. Assessment will involve teacher self-report questionnaires (e.g., the Teachers' Sense of Efficacy Scale, the Five Facet Mindfulness Questionnaire, the Maslach Burnout Inventory), observational ratings of teachers and classrooms (e.g., the Classroom Assessment Scoring System), teacher reports on students (e.g., the Behavior Assessment System for Children), and student school records (e.g., test scores, disciplinary actions).