Compassionate Schools Project

  • Research Project

What We Do

The Compassionate Schools Project (CSP) is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of a 21st century health and wellness curriculum in an elementary or secondary school setting. The Group Randomized Trial was started in 2016 and a follow-up is scheduled to run through 2021. Fifty schools, over 625 teachers, and more than 6250 students will be included in the study.

Facilitating the integrated development of mind and body, the project interweaves support in academic achievement, mental fitness, health, and compassionate character. The research aims to have a major impact on children’s education nationwide in terms of academic performance, physical education, character development. With public elementary schools in Louisville, Kentucky as its proving ground in the 28th largest school district in the United States, the findings will be applicable nationwide. The Compassionate Schools Project is a partnership between the University of Virginia and the Jefferson County Public Schools, with support from Louisville Metro Government and financial support from philanthropic giving.

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About the Compassionate Schools Project


Compassionate Schools Project Teacher, Meghann Clem Mattingly Honored

Project Team

Headshot of Jennifer Beasley

Jennifer Beasley

  • Education and Outreach Specialist/Implementation Coach
Alexis R. Harris

Alexis R. Harris

  • Research Assistant Professor
Patricia Jennings

Patricia A. Jennings

  • Professor
  • Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction Program Director
Pamela Nicholas-Hoff

Pamela Nicholas-Hoff

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate

Contact Us

Mailing Address

  • 405 Emmet Street South
    PO Box 400281
    Charlottesville, VA 22903