Calm with Character is rooted in the dissertation research conducted at John's Hopkins University by the founder, Dr. Sharmeen Mahmud. After assessing that educators clearly needed a trauma informed social emotional learning resource for themselves and their students, yet limited time was a vital factor, a sustainable program was developed. The initial success of the program prompted a movement to make Calm with Character® available to everyone.
"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child."
We've come a long way since the Psychoanalysis of Carl Jung. However, his words continue to be the root of our work in mental health. Jung saw the need for teacher student connections and warm rapport for the growth of our children into global citizens. Now we have the collective consciousness to bring mental wellness practices into schools, with the teacher taking center stage.
A waxing crescent moon is partially illuminated and growing, while the waning crescent moon is partially lit but in decline. Either way, both look like a smile, as is possible whether you are having a good day or a bad day. We have brought these two phases of the moon together to form a butterfly symbolizing transformation because we believe by practicing calm with character we can transform ourselves.
“I WANTED YOU TO HEAR HOW VALUABLE THE STUDENTS IN MY CLASS AND I FOUND YOUR WEEKLY SEL VIDEOS. EACH ONE TAUGHT NEW STRATEGIES TO HELP US NOT JUST THROUGH THIS CHALLENGING TIME IN HUMAN HISTORY, BUT FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. THE PRACTICAL ACTIVITY ALONG WITH YOUR TEACHING AND PRACTICE VIDEO MADE A POWERFUL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR US EACH WEEK. "
5th Grade Dual Immersion Teacher
“YOU CREATED A SAFE NURTURING SPACE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND EVEN FOR US TEACHERS"
3rd Grade Dual Immersion Teacher