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date: 08 August 2020

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Students are challenged by stressors that negatively impact their physical health and well-being as well as their ability to thrive in school. Many educators have mobilized to address these issues, as mounting evidence suggests that enhancing the social, emotional, cultural, and ethical aspects of schooling improves student well-being. These movements have stirred a variety of prosocial education initiatives—including Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness-based programs—which have been shown to make a positive impact. Yet in spite of this growing interest in prosocial education, these movements have proceeded largely independently of one another and without a comprehensive theoretical model of prosocial development. In this chapter, we review the evidence of compassion-based interventions and offer a compassion-based framework as an organizing principle for the field that may help integrate diverse prosocial approaches and help educators respond most effectively to needs of our school communities.

Keywords: prosocial, prosocial education, social and emotional learning, SEL, mindfulness, compassion, school climate, moral education

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