PWI provides K-12 educators with innovative practices and principles that integrate social, emotional and academic learning, promote mindfulness, and assist teachers to develop and sustain their own authentic and reflective teaching practice. For over two decades, teachers have used our practical, relationship-based approach to support students to increase focus and motivation, develop empathy and compassion, and experience a sense of deep connection, meaning and purpose in the classroom.
PassageWorks practices and principles support the inner lives of teachers and students. By “inner life” we refer to that essential aspect of human nature that yearns for deep connection, grapples with difficult questions about meaning, and seeks a sense of purpose and genuine self-expression. The Institute was founded in 2001 by Rachael Kessler and colleagues after the publication of Kessler’s groundbreaking book The Soul of Education (ASCD 2000).
PassageWorks offers courses, workshops, school-based professional learning, curricular resources, and publications and collaborates with educators and organizations around the country on field-building initiatives and programs.
Intentional Teaching Practice: PassageWorks’ Engaged Teaching Framework offers teachers a map for developing and sustaining an authentic, intentional teaching practice that engages students, supports learning outcomes, and improves their own experience of teaching. The five dimensions of Engaged Teaching are: engaging the self-observer, being present, practicing respectful discipline, expanding emotional range, and teaching with compassion.
Practices and Principles for the Classroom: Practices and principles for the classroom foster learning readiness, improve communication skills, invite symbolic and creative expression, assist students with stress and anger management, support students to navigate transitions, and create more productive and meaningful learning environments. This integrated approach supports K-12 teachers to include these methodologies into their teaching of any content area.
Positive School Culture: Practices and principles foster positive and productive relationships between faculty members and support schools to develop and sustain meaningful vision statements, goals, and school improvement plans.