Connection, compassion, and character in learning

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The PassageWorks Institute is a non-profit providing K-12 educators with innovative practices and principles that integrate social, emotional and academic learning in schools. Their practical, relationship-based approach supports students to increase focus and motivation, develop empathy and compassion, and experience a sense of deep connection, meaning and purpose in the classroom.

The Institute was founded in 2001 by Rachael Kessler and colleagues, after the release of Kessler’s groundbreaking book The Soul of Education. The Institute offers professional development, curricular resources, and publications and collaborates with educators and organizations around the country on field-building initiatives and programs.

PassageWorks’ approach includes:

  1. Developing an Intentional Teaching Practice using the five dimensions of ‘The Teaching Presence’: engaging the self-observer, being present, practicing respectful discipline, expanding emotional range, and teaching with an open heart.
  2. Practices and Principles for the Classroom that foster learning readiness, improve communication skills, support students to navigate transitions, and create productive and engaging learning environments.
  3. Cultivating a Positive School Culture with tools that foster positive and productive relationships between staff members and support schools to co-create and execute meaningful school improvement plans.

PassageWorks S.E.L. Workshop with 9th Graders

PassageWorks S.E.L. Instructor

PassageWorks Children's Workshop

PassageWorks Instructor Training