Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images and documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students. It is perhaps the simplest way in which teachers and schools can provide students with key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is an international partnership, founded in 2002 at Commonweal, committed to strengthening the scientific and public dialogue on environmental factors linked to chronic disease and disability. CHE acts as a catalyst for civil discourse and collaborative initiatives among researchers, health professionals, health-affected groups and others concerned with social and environmental impacts on human health. Through these relationships, CHE fosters systemic, multi-factorial, prevention-oriented actions in order to improve human health across the lifespan. CHE's partners include almost 5,000 individuals and organizations in 79 countries and all 50 states.
The New School presents conversations, readings, and performances with thought and action leaders of our time. Our programs focus on the subjects that Commonweal champions: issues that affect nature, culture, and inner life. Most of our events are free, and so are our podcasts and videos, with 350 on iTunes, Soundcloud, Vimeo, and our Library.