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Guiding Principles

Emotional Climate for Learning: Joy!

"Happiness and wellbeing are not an option if we want our kids to thrive..."

- Christine Carter PhD, UC Berkeley's creator of "The Greater Good Science Center" and author of The Sweet Spot.

Starting a school day with "Joy"

Imagine a school where arriving in the morning is a joyful and festive atmosphere. Where music, dancing and social connections are celebrated interactively. Where learning is about connections.


Check out our morning walk and see Central Park teacher Ms. Jennifer Gray dancing and inspiring students and parents with a vibrant way to start the school day!


Central Park teachers rock!



How we maximize positive emotion.

- Build strong relationships with students.

- Connect students emotionally with learning.

- The infusion of visual and performing arts taps into the emotional response.

Central Park STEAM at the Young Writers' Exposition



"We have an innate need to direct our own lives, to learn to create things and to do better by ourselves and the world."

- Drive: The Surprising Truth about Motivation, Daniel Pink

Learn more about Emotional Climate for Learning: Joy

Emotional Climate for Learning: Joy


"How to Create a Positive School Environment"

by the Greater Good Science Center




TedTalk: "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" by Sir Ken Robinson






Learn More About Positive Emotion

Positive Emotion


"The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning"

on Edutopia




How to Get Students Ready for Learning

by Edutopia





A Breakthrough in Social and Emotional Learning

by Edutopia



Learn More About Motivation

Five-Year-Olds Pilot Their Own Project Learning






Inquiry-Based Learning: Developing Student-Driven Questions

by Edutopia






Inquiry-Based Learning in the Science Classroom

by Edutopia






RSA: "How to Help Every Child Fulfill Their Potential" by Carol Dweck (video)








Carol Dweck: "The Growth Mindset" | Talks at Google (video)








TedTalk: Dan Pink on Motivation Video






Teaching Grade School Students How to Make Global Impact

by Edutopia