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The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success

Published September 2009

About this handbook

The Heart of Learning: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success is a handbook for teachers written and compiled by OSPI and Western Washington University staff. It contains valuable information that will be helpful to you on a daily basis as you work with students whose learning has been adversely impacted by trauma in their lives.

View/print entire handbook (244 pages, 12 MB); Text Only Version (8 MB)

Hear the team behind this resource explain why it was needed and how teachers can use it in their classrooms.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Trauma, Compassion, and Resiliency: Background and Definitions
  • Chapter 2: Self-Care: An Ethical Obligation for Those Who Care
  • Chapter 3: Instructional Principles, Curricular Domains and Specific Strategies for Compassionate Classrooms
  • Chapter 4: Building Compassionate School-Community Partnerships That Work
  • Chapter 5: Examples of Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success Direct From the Field
  • Chapter 6: Resources
  • About the Authors
  • Acknowledgements


The Trainers Contact List identifies the school staff and community partners who attended the two day Train the Trainer events sponsored by OSPI for The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success curriculum.