For over two decades, teachers have used this 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, on-site professional development, curricula, and publications and collaborates with educators and organizations around the country on field-building initiatives and programs.