Council in Schools

The Ojai Foundation's Council in Schools project (CIS) serves over 12,000 students throughout greater Los Angeles in more than 60 traditional and charter public schools, as well as secular and parochial private schools.

Council in Schools' mission is to inspire engaged, compassionate school communities through practices that connect academic and social emotional learning.

CIS provide training and consultation for educators who wish to integrate the practice of Council, a community building practice of authentic expression and empathic, non-judgmental listening and receptivity, into mainstream school curricula, creative arts, instructional strategies, support services, and school communities. 

The Council in Schools initiative includes numerous national and international projects.  In Southern California, we serve more than 12,000 students with weekly councils in more than 60 public and independent schools. These students come from highly diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.  Our programs also serve the adult members of the school communities (teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and community members) with opportunities to be trained to lead student councils and/or continue the practice of Council.

The majority (nearly 40) of the Los Angeles public school programs are supported through the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) Council Practitioners Center (CPC), while independent schools and some of the other public school programs are internally funded and administered directly through the Ojai Foundation.

Check out our Council in Schools website and curriculum resources at