Gratitude: A Way of Teaching


An eCourse with educator and author, Owen Griffith

This five-session eCourse will include practical, research-based activities and a new gratitude curriculum shared by educator and author, Owen Griffith. Owen’s book, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, will offer structure to help guide the course as we create opportunities for educators to explore gratitude as a way to improve class culture; academic and social success for students; and satisfaction and resilience in students and educators alike.

Course runs 3/17-5/5/18
Registration Open Now


One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing and for the soul of the child.
~ Carl Jung

  • How can gratitude transform our schools, classrooms, and our lives?
  • How do we challenge the culture of complaining and replace it with gratitude?
  • What are the barriers to implementing gratitude in our classrooms and lives?
  • How can we cultivate balance in our classrooms and our lives with mindfulness?
  • What can we do to prevent burnout and instill resilience?
  • How can we replace materialism and entitlement with gratitude and altruism?
  • How can we spread gratitude to the community?

Please join us in exploring these questions, and many more, in this eCourse based on the best selling book, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, by Owen Griffith, as Owen leads us through each session, filled with practical tools, real world examples and creative activities to apply gratitude to our personal and professional lives.

Course Details

There will be four sessions and a final live call.
The course will include:

  • Opportunity to receive a 20% discount on the purchase of the book or eBook, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching *
  • 5 – 8 minute pre-recorded videos of Owen giving an overview of the course, then covering the chapters
  • Full transcripts of video segments
  • Links to resources which support each session, i.e. a new gratitude curriculum, articles, videos, and poems
  • Practice suggestions
  • Questions for reflection and extended study
  • Online discussion area (optional)
  • Live call at the end with Owen
  • Access to a growing network of educators implementing gratitude in a private Facebook Group moderated by Owen Griffith.

* Course participants will need to refer to this book throughout the course. The book can be purchased in hardback, paperback or as an eBook through the publisher, Rowan & Littlefield, at a 20% discount, using the code RLEGEN18.  Or, you might find the book at your local library, or on Amazon.

eCourse Schedule and Themes

Session One: Saturday, March 17 – Introduction – Roots of Gratitude in Positive Psychology; Gratitude in Education plus latest Research and Applications

Session Two: Saturday, March 24 – Challenging the Culture of Complaining; Gratitude versus Materialism and Entitlement

Session Three: Saturday, April 7 – Overcoming Barriers to Gratitude; Giving Students the Gift of Gratitude

Session Four: Saturday, April 21 – Gratitude and Mindfulness; Enlisting the Support of the Family

Final Session (LIVE CALL):  Saturday, May 5 – Keeping Gratitude Fresh and Remaining Teachable plus-Establishing a Network of Support

It is not necessary to “attend” sessions on these dates. All sessions — including the live call — will be recorded and made available for you to review at your convenience.

This Program is Designed to Help You:

  • experience a deeper level of gratitude in your personal and professional life
  • elevate students’ engagement and academic achievement with gratitude
  • challenge the culture of complaining
  • shift students away from materialism and entitlement with gratitude
  • utilize mindfulness in conjunction with gratitude to increase balance in life
  • nourish your life and deepen relationships with students, colleagues, and parents.

To touch the hearts of your students is the greatest miracle you can perform. ~ Saint John Baptist de La Salle

eCourse Cost $20*

* This eCourse is offered on a sliding scale starting at $20. All donations over $20 enable us to make this eCourse, and future offerings, available at no/reduced cost for people for whom the suggested amount is prohibitive.

All donations are tax-deductible and deeply appreciated. We are committed to making our educational offerings accessible to all. If $20 is a hardship, please contact us at

Owen Griffith Owen M. Griffith is an Educator, Mentor, Author, Speaker, and Educational Consultant. Owen’s first book, Gratitude: A Way of Teaching, was published by Rowman & Littlefield and was a Top Ten Best Seller. He earned a Master’s Degree from Kennesaw State University, GA, in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Ethics and Multicultural Education. Owen has worked with the Greater Good Science Center at U. C. Berkeley and presented across the country in the areas of Gratitude in Education, Social-Emotional Learning, Mindsets, Improving School Culture, and Preventing Teacher Burnout. Owen is a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and his work has also appeared on Edutopia.