Improving Classroom Learning Environments by Cultivating Awareness & Resilience in Education (CARE)

Website: CARE for Teachers

Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) is a unique Professional Development program for teachers developed by The Garrison Institute being tested under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Educational Sciences (IES).

CARE is different from most PD experiences, as it focuses on the well-being of the teacher. Program sessions are fun, relaxing and enjoyable.  Participants learn about emotional awareness, techniques for emotion regulation, and ways to apply these skills to teaching.

We are conducting a multi-site cluster randomized controlled trial to determine the efficacy of the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE) professional development program in 32 New York public elementary schools (kindergarten through fifth grade). Our partners in this effort are Fordham University , Penn State University and the Garrison Institute.

Study participants include approximately 256 teachers and approximately 20 participating students per teacher/classroom. Following best practices in adult learning, CARE introduces material sequentially, utilizing a blend of didactic, experiential and interactive learning processes. Over the school year, CARE involves 30 contact hours in a group setting presented as a series of five 6-hour sessions. Between sessions, teachers receive individualized phone coaching through two 30-minute calls over two weeks. In this efficacy study, the program will be delivered by CARE co-developers or facilitators trained, supervised, and certified by the developers. Program content consists of: (1) emotion skills instruction; (2) mindfulness/stress reduction practices to promote self-regulation of attention and non-judgmental awareness; and (3) caring and listening practices to promote empathy and compassion. Program materials include a CARE Facilitator's Manual, a Participant Workbook (including presented information, exercises, and homework activities), a Participant CD containing guided mindfulness and caring activities for home practice, and a series of Power Point slides that support the didactic portions of the program.

Affiliated Grad Students:

Anthony DeMauro
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Project News:


Patricia A. Jennings
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(434) 924-1279

Associated Faculty