PS1 Pluralistic School Explores Gratitude

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Malika Chopra, cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, Head of School Joel Pelcyger, author Susan Kaiser Greenland and student Dylan Santana discussed the concept of gratitude at the event.

Malika Chopra, cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, Head of School Joel Pelcyger, author Susan Kaiser Greenland and student Dylan Santana discussed the concept of gratitude at the event.

Last month, PS1 Pluralistic School hosted Gratitude Revealed – A discussion based on the film series exploring the science, mystery and pursuit of the building blocks of gratitude. (www.gratituderevealed.com). Featured panelists included director and cinematographer Louie Schwartzberg, who created the series; mindfulness innovator Susan Kaiser Greenland, founder of the Inner Kids program and author of The Mindful Child; Joel Pelcyger, Head of PS1 Pluralistic School; and 13-year-old PS1 student Dylan Santana. The event was moderated by media entrepreneur Mallika Chopra, founder of intent.com and author of Living With Intent.

These educators and innovators joined with parents and children to discuss the meaning of gratitude and how to multiply it. Several of the Gratitude Revealed short films were screened, tackling themes such as generosity, mindfulness, happiness, and gratitude. Panelists discussed the idea behind unlocking the power of gratitude to learn more, feel more and share more in school and family life.

PS1 Pluralistic School is an elementary school for grades K-6 founded in 1971. Pluralism – the ‘P’ in PS1 – refers to respecting, recognizing and building upon a child’s passions, interests, talents, personal expressions and uniqueness. By valuing each child for who they are and what they bring to their everyday life experience inside and outside the classroom, the school builds a culture of gratitude for who we each are and the value we bring to our shared experience.

This philosophy was demonstrated as members of the graduating class of 2015, participating in an in-depth gratitude workshop during Grad Week on campus, were featured in the filming of Louis Schwartzberg’s new film series, Gratitude Revealed. Gratitude Revealed uses the power of visual storytelling to explore what gratitude is and how we can all deepen our connection to our world, and the voices of the PS1 students were invaluable for this exploration. Expressing gratitude is an essential part to learning about yourself, your peers and your place in the greater community and is an integrated part of the PS1 curriculum – which is why we were thrilled to discuss the impact of Gratitude Revealed.

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