Cultivating compassion in educational settings, and creating the kind of culture where it is a norm of student and staff behavior, may seem at first a noble ideal: a nice-to-have, something to be undertaken only when all other priorities are met. Yet we now have the evidence to show that a school’s ability to foster real learning, indeed to fulfill its fundamental purpose, depends on its ability to do just that.
More and more schools and educational organizations/groups are acting on this evidence and creating compassion-filled learning environments. Students and adults alike thrive when their social and emotional needs are met, when they feel a sense of belonging, when they feel their voices are welcomed and heard. Choosing to uphold the principles of compassion is central to a school’s ability to create a caring and inclusive culture and climate, to nurture a strong moral identity among those who walk through its doors, and to invite deep participation and learning.
What’s more, compassionate action is foundational to effective collaboration, and to advancing the common good—attributes that, in today’s increasingly connected world—are central to success. A compassionate school begins with the adults on campus walking their talk and modeling compassion to all.
Current California Schools and Edcuational Programs of Compassion
All Paths Divinity School
Pillars Muslim Day School
Child and Family Institute - Menlo Park
Claremont Lincoln University
Delta Charter High School
Domincan University of California
El Rancho High School - Pico Rivera
The Golden School Network
Clobal Village Montessori
Global SchoolNet-iPoPP - San Diego
NapaLearns - Napa
Palo Alto University
Paramount California University- Irvine
SCHOOL (Smiling Calm Hearts Open Learning)
Tara Redwood School - Soquel
University of California Santa Cruz
University of the West
For these and more Partners, please visit our Partner's Page
Based in Palo Alto, California, Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) is among the world's leading educational institutions exploring the science of compassion and altruism. CCARE's Founder and Director, Dr. James Doty, is a neurosurgeon who has dedicated his career to groundbreaking research on the the power of compassion.