Character Strengths in Schools: Courage


  • Venue: Online, self-paced
  • Date: Registration is open.
  • Price: $49

Course Curriculum

As educators face unprecedented challenges, the science of courage offers a psychological lifeline. In this brief course, participants will learn more about courage in its many forms, understand how it benefits adults and enhances student learning, and discover how to develop a values-based sense of courageous resolve through concrete strategies, practices, and lessons.

Course components include (1.5 hours):

  • What Is Courage?
  • Why We Need Courage
  • Courage in Classrooms and Schools
  • When to Be Courageous

Course Logistics

Course Cost

Registration for the Character Strengths in Schools: Courage Mini-Course is $49. 

The Greater Good Science Center is funded entirely by donations and grants—we do not receive any financial support from the University of California, Berkeley. However, we are able to offer many of our GGSC resources for free because we charge for some of our courses. We do our best to make our courses and events affordable for everyone, but realize that “affordable” can mean vastly different things depending on individual or geographic circumstances.

If the cost of this mini-course is prohibitive due to your personal circumstances, you can use the discount code MINIDISC at checkout to receive $20 off the cost of the course. 

If you would like to enroll a large group of educators, please reach out to us at ggsceducation@berkeley.edu to discuss additional payment options.

Course Access

Participants will have access to the course for 100 days after registration. 

Who Should Take This Course?

  • Pre-K through 12 classroom teachers, paraeducators, and out-of-school-time providers
  • Pre-K-12 school mental health professionals and counselors
  • Pre-K-12 school and district-level administrators
  • Pre-K-12 teacher and administrator educators
  • Other higher education lecturers or professors are welcome to register, but please be aware that the course is geared primarily towards Pre-K-12 educators

Cancellation Policy

Course users can cancel their enrollment or ask for a refund up to 14 days after the payment or 14 days after the course starts (whichever comes later). In order to qualify for a refund, users must not have completed more than 25% of the course modules or content. To cancel course enrollment, please contact ggsceducation@berkeley.edu. Qualified refund requests may take up to 30 days to process.
 

Course Features

  • Pre-recorded videos featuring talks and practices.
  • Brief (< 5 min.) reflection activities 
  • An introduction to over 250 free research-informed well-being practices for students and staff
  • Discussion guide for participants who want to engage in group learning (e.g., a school cohort)

Course Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Define courage
  • Reflect on the role of courage in your personal and professional life
  • Understand the benefits of courage to self and others
  • Use/apply resources to foster courage in self, students, and/or colleagues
  • Evaluate costs and benefits of courageous actions in real-world contexts
  • Amy L. Eva, Ph.D., is the associate education director at the Greater Good Science Center. She writes for the Center’s online magazine, facilitates the Summer Institute for Educators, and creates online resources for educators. She is one of the key developers of the website, Greater Good in Education, which features science-based practices for creating kinder, happier schools. With 25 years in classrooms, she is a teacher at heart, fascinated by the psychology of learning and students’ social-emotional development.

    During her twelve-year tenure as a teacher educator, she became particularly passionate about educator resilience and self-care, and she loves to conduct workshops that focus on teacher well-being. One of her recent publications “The Mindful Teacher: Translating Research into Daily Well-being,” describes mindfulness, provides research-based evidence of its usefulness, and highlights resources that educators can use to manage stress. Some of her consulting work has also included presenting on “Empathy: The Science and Art of Connection” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and assisting LG in their “Experience Happiness” initiative, featuring curriculum for middle and high school students focused on six happiness skills (mindfulness, human connection, gratitude, positive outlook, purpose, and generosity).

    As a researcher, Amy has published in the areas of teacher education, metacognition, adolescent mental health, and mindfulness-based interventions with marginalized youth. She has also written numerous articles for Greater Good Magazine (as well as Edutopia, Mindful, and The Huffington Post). She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Human Development and Cognition) from the University of Washington where she worked with high school students in language arts classes, helping them to draw on their emotional responses to poetry to guide their understanding and enhance their appreciation of literature.