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Vicki Zakrzewski

Education Director at UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center

In her role as education director at the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, Vicki writes a weekly blog that provides science-based tips and ideas for promoting the social and emotional well-being of students, teachers, and administrators, as well as methods for creating positive school cultures. She also gives talks and workshops, and conducts the GGSC Summer Institute for Educators—an annual multi-day event in which a small group of educators from around the world come together to learn about and explore how the science of compassion, empathy, gratitude, awe, and other social-emotional skills can enhance their own lives and the lives of their students. www.greatergood.berkeley.edu

Vicki recently spent two months in India at a school awarded the Peace Education Prize by UNESCO and the Hope of Humanity Award by the Dalai Lama in order to research their methods for developing teachers’ ability to create caring relationships with students. A former teacher and school administrator, she earned her Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

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