SESSION DETAILS

IMPORTANT NOTES:

 

Conference dates are Feb 27-Mar 1, 2020. Conference venue is Westin Chicago Northwest in Itasca, IL.

Investment per day for Friday and Saturday is $150 through Feb 1; increasing to $200 from Feb 2-21. Thursday and Sunday half and full-day workshop prices vary.

 

Our Early Registration Resource Package has $1500 in resources for only $1000. Learn more HERE.

Conference attendees get 50% off our Mindful Educator Academy if they purchase at time of registration. It is our a growing video

library and includes recordings of conference sessions. We have many more sessions than you will physically be able to attend.

 

Register for each day separately.  Lunch is included each day.

 

No onsite registration. No group rates. No refunds, but contact us for ticket transfers. ​

 

A special thanks to DuPage Regional Office of Education for partnering with us to get attendees CPDUs and CEUs for each day. Non-IL attendees should check that their state accepts them as a provider.  Attendees wanting units must sign in and out each day and also complete an evaluation form each day.

Mindful Room

It's back!! We are so appreciative to have Mindful Schools once again be creating a room filled with inspirations for your class or school's mindfulness space. Mindfulness rooms are a great way of prioritizing mental health and developing emotional regulation.

 

Mindful Room breakout sessions will be held all day on Friday and each will have different topics covered (coming soon). Sessions will be interactive and you'll learn mindfulness practices that can be utilized in your mindfulness space or room. Participants will have an opportunity to share details about each other's existing spaces and rooms as well. Mindful Schools will also share their approach, resources and model for partnering with schools to assess their needs in developing a customized whole school implementation plan to create a “mindful school”. 

Below are confirmed sessions for Friday and Saturday.  
The sessions offered and schedule (day/time/room) are subject to change.
The more attendees registered for each day, the more breakout sessions we can offer. 
 
Register early to help the conference reach its fullest potential!
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OPENING PLENARY

Day: Saturday

Room: Abricot Ball

Time: 8:30-11:30

Saturday Mentorship Morning with SEL Mindfulness Specialist James Butler (ALL)

Presenter: James Butler, Social & Emotional Learning Mindfulness Specialist for the Austin ISD

Description: As the country's first public school mindfulness specialist in the Austin Independent School District, James will share his journey, what has worked and what hasn't, as well as tips, tools and strategies from his 4 years in this role. A former Austin ISD Teacher of the Year, James is a teacher in his soul and believes in culturally responsive and trauma-informed education. He will share in an engaging and interactive manner that will leave you inspired to create or continue to grow the mindfulness movement in your district.

Participants will be pre-assigned seats at roundtables and: learn about the role of a public school mindfulness specialist; experience interactive and creative means of practicing mindfulness; gain ideas for how to start mindfulness with adults in school/district communities and gain buy-in at all levels; explore the importance of listening to and including families in the mindfulness movement; and create action plans for how to bring/strengthen mindfulness in school/district.

James is also the Founder of Mindful Classrooms, an organization that travels across the country educating schools about how to sustainably implement mindfulness into their daily routines, climate & culture. He has been in education for 17 years, including 14 years as a classroom teacher. He taught mostly Pre-K and K in Austin ISD and also spent a year as a volunteer HS teacher in Namibia in southern Africa. In 2014, James was named Austin ISD Teacher of the Year. James is passionate about education, specifically mindfulness, equity and early childhood education. Based on his teaching experience of using mindfulness in his classroom, he wrote a mindfulness curriculum titled Mindful Classrooms: Daily 5-Minute Practices to Support Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness In A Jar that is published by Free Spirit Publishing. He also wrote Coloring Book and Reflections for Social Emotional Learning that is being published in April 2020 by Free Spirit in English and Spanish. James is a graduate of Manchester University (IN) and originally from Cleveland, Ohio and is a big Cleveland sports fan. 

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DOUBLE SESSION

Day: Friday AM

Room: Lakeshore Ball

Time: TBA

Emotional Intelligence: Mindfulness as an Equity Tool (ALL)

Presenter: Tovi C. Scruggs Hussein, COSEM 2019-20 President, Tici'ess

Description: This double session explores the foundation of emotional intelligence in order to help school leaders and teachers thrive and build the core skills needed for peak performance, especially as it relates to equity work and creating trauma-sensitive environments. We will explore components of mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, mental and emotional resilience, and engagement. We will also explore scientifically proven methods of mental conditioning and attention-training that improve creativity, communication, productivity, and personal and school/classroom leadership. Also, participants will learn varied mindfulness and reflection practices that support happiness, thriving and overall well-being – which in turn supports a better school environment and better school and stakeholder relationships.

DOUBLE SESSION

Day: Friday PM

Room: TBA

Time: TBA

Expanding Understanding of Subject Content While Also Exploring Self, Community & Other (6-12th)

Presenter: William Meyer, The Bronxville School, NY

Description: This double session will explore the ways in which mindfulness can be directly tied to the curriculum as a tool for research, exploration, and creativity in the curriculum. As an author and teacher who has taught meditation in my classroom for more than a decade, I will introduce participants to the fundamentals of building curriculum and courses around mindfulness as well as starting student meditation groups, parent circles, and even whole school assemblies. The session will be interactive and experiential offering participants tools for creating curriculum and guiding meditations of their own. The session will be based on many of the techniques I discuss in Three Breaths and Begin: A Guide to Meditation in the Classroom

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DOUBLE SESSION

Day: Friday PM

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Time: TBA

Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities Through Mindfulness and Metacognition (ALL)

Presenter: Tara Schneider, Mary McDowell Friends School and Bodymind Learning, Brooklyn, NY

Description: Interest in mindfulness-based interventions is exploding. Mindful practices are particularly effective for students with attention difficulty (including ADHD) and learning disabilities. This experiential double session shares practical activities and exercises that support students’ awareness of their own learning, energy level, body regulation, and mood.

DOUBLE SESSION

Day: Friday

Room: Lakeshore Ball

Time: TBA

Film Screening: May I Be Happy (ALL)

Presenter: JG Larochette, Founder and Director of Mindful Life Project

Description: May I Be Happy reveals the significance of mindfulness practice in transforming the lives of young people. Through poetic cinematography and sequences of teachers leading sensitive or boisterous practices to kids from different backgrounds, the film brings awareness to the benefits of mindfulness as a way out of violence and suffering, and as an attainable solution for younger generations. This full-length feature documentary captures the very real challenges American children face, whether in elite private schools, public schools, on the streets, or in juvenile detention centers. Hearing the frustration of dedicated educators who find ways to teach from the heart, and seeing their optimistic work with youth is an uplifting experience. 

Day: Friday

Room: Lakeshore Ball

Time: TBA

The Creation of the Mindful Life Project (ALL)

Presenter: JG Larochette, Founder and Director of Mindful Life Project

Description: Join JG to learn how he went from experiencing deep depression and anxiety as a result of his own biology and a decade of vicarious trauma from working in schools with deep generational poverty, trauma and broken systems, to finding mindfulness and creating Mindful Life Project with his third graders in Richmond, CA. It now serves over 10,000 students each week and JG is training PK-12th grade educators nationally. MLP is one of the programs featured in the documentary May I Be Happy. JG brings a passion for equity, social justice, peace, and community unity. He is honored to have opportunities to work with schools, students and families, providing a space where all students feel valued, empowered and loved.

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Day: Friday

Room: TBA

Time: TBA

Teaching Secular Mindfulness in Public Schools- Is it REALLY Secular? (ALL)

Presenter: Fiona Jensen, OTR/L, Founder and Executive Director, Calmer Choice

Description: When you teach mindfulness in public schools are you in conflict with the First Amendment and the Establishment Clause? Is it being taught in a way that is safe for children? Calmer Choice presents a compelling and thoughtful narrative on their journey navigating through challenging waters after a concerned parent and Californian law firm very publicly articulated concerns with mindfulness being taught in the public schools as a First Amendment violation and the allegations of this programming being potentially harmful for children. Attendees with leave the session with a clearer understanding of how to ensure what you are teaching is secular, you will gain a clear definition of the First Amendment, and how to avoid potential harm when teaching these skills.

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Day: Friday

Room: Abricot Ball

Time: TBA

Student Mindful Mentors and Mindfulness Rooms (ALL)

Presenter: Lauren Beversdorf and 7th and 8th graders from Bannockburn School, IL

Description: Lauren will share the steps to creating a Mindful Room at their K-8 school. Students will co-lead the session and walk us through the different elements in their room, the different ways the room is utilized, and how they have become mindful mentors at their school. The session will have experiential elements and end with the audience also sharing about their mindfulness spaces/rooms and mentoring programs so that we can all learn from each other.

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Day: Friday

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Teaching Mindfulness-Based Conflict Resolution: Skills that Work Beyond the Classroom (PK-5th)

Presenter: Linda Ryden, Peace Teacher at DC Public Schools, Peace of Mind Program Developer

Description: ​In most conflict resolution curricula, you may have noticed that step one is “Calm Down.” But few programs include guidance on how to help kids do this. The missing link? Mindfulness and Brain Science. When we teach kids mindfulness skills to notice and take care of their emotions, and when they learn the brain science behind these practices, kids are prepared to actually use the conflict resolution skills we teach when they are needed most. Join us to learn a proven mindfulness-based approach to helping kids take control of their actions and become peacemakers. The Peace of Mind program is  a weekly 45 minute curriculum that integrates mindfulness, brain science, social and emotional learning and effective conflict resolution to prepare kids to face challenges with skill and compassion. 

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Day: Friday

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Chair Yoga for Classrooms: Get Kids Moving and Ready to Learn (ALL)

Presenter: Mayuri Gonzalez, Little Flower Yoga

Description: How can you bring the benefits of yoga to students, when your school simply doesn’t have enough space or time? Chair yoga makes it possible. Join us for an introduction to this effective and sustainable way to bring daily embodied mindfulness practices to children and adolescents in a classroom setting, without the need for additional space or yoga mats. You’ll learn simple and effective chair-based practices you can immediately bring to students (and use yourself!), incorporating movement, breathing, mindfulness and relaxation. 

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Day: Friday

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Mindful Games: Supporting Awareness, Attention and Community (PreK-6)

Presenter: Lisa Flynn, Founder, Yoga 4 Classrooms

Description: In this FUN and experiential workshop, you’ll learn classroom-friendly yoga and mindfulness-based “games" that support the development of social and emotional learning competencies, focus and attention while building community and positive climate. Activities will include and expand upon those found in Lisa’s book, Yoga for Children, Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards and other resources. Participants will receive a packet of activity instructions, considerations and modifications for varied ages and needs, and a selection of suggested resources for continued learning. Since 2009, Yoga 4 Classrooms has been inspiring and empowering schools and school districts to affordably, practically, and sustainably integrate yoga and mindfulness school-wide by providing training and resources.

Day: Friday

Room: Abricot Ball

Time: TBA

Emotional Awareness and Regulation with Mindful Check-Ins (ALL)

Presenter: Carla Tantillo Philibert, founder of Mindful Practices

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MINDFUL PRACTICES 

Day: Friday

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Mindful Movement and Educator Self-Care (ALL)

Presenter: Michelle Kelsey Mitchell, Pure Edge Foundation

Description: Learn how stress and anxiety impact the body, and experience the positive effect that simple, evidence-based mindfulness strategies can have on the nervous system. These strategies are 1-5 minutes in length, designed for individual, small group, or classroom integration and are aligned with both National Standards and CASEL SEL competencies. Complimentary access to online materials is provided for all attendees and school personnel.

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Day: Friday

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Mind Yeti

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Day: Friday

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Our First High School Mindfulness Course was So Popular that We Added a Second Course (6-12th)

Presenter: Michelle Martin, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

Description: Last year Michelle shared how her first year went teaching a semester-long mindfulness course. In this session, she'll share the Mindfulness 2 curriculum that she is implementing in the fall 2019. She'll also follow up with high school students who took the course and share how it has affected their life and how they are using it. Attendees will be able to take back to their school districts the benefits of implementing a mindfulness curriculum. She'll also share facts that attendees can take back to their school leaders which help dispel the myths of mindfulness ("it's a religious curriculum"-for public schools or "it's secular"- for Christian schools).

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Day: Friday

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Mindfulness & Social Identity: Practices for Challenging Implicit Bias (ALL)

Presenter: Grace Helms Kotre, MSW, Certified Mindfulness Instructor, Power to Be LLC

Description: Mindfulness is a powerful tool for exploring our social conditioning – the ways we’ve been taught to think and act based on societal norms. Left unexamined, our conditioning often reflects oppressive ideologies and perpetuates inequality through us without our even knowing it. With mindfulness, we are empowered to be more skillful, loving, and just in our interactions with our students and with one another. We’ll explore social identity, systemic oppression, and implicit bias. We’ll consider specific mindfulness practices to challenge implicit bias in our everyday lives. Grace offers workshops and presentations on using mindfulness as a tool for personal healing and equity-based social change, and has training in non-violent communication, intergroup dialogue, and organizing for racial justice.

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Day: Friday

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Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma: Using Mind-Body Interventions (ALL)

Presenter: Kathy Flaminio, 1000 Petals and Move Mindfully

Description: Using knowledge of trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) and mental health diagnoses, participants will experience and explore the power of mind-body interventions for self-regulation, focus, community connection and overall well-being. In this session participants will have the opportunity to delve deeper into the power of mind-body practices for healing and connection by exploring the 6 Domains of complex trauma. Through hands-on learning, reflection and discussion, participants will learn breathing exercises, simple regulating movement and social/emotional skill development activities for regaining a sense of safety and stability in the body.

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Day: Friday

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Mindful-Based SEL and Behavior Guidance in Early Childhood Education (ECE-2nd)

Presenter: Adenia Linker, M.Ed., CYT, SAYD, Adjunct Professor, Erikson Institute SEL Initiative Project Coordinator

Description: Our core purpose at the SEL Initiative is to empower teachers and children with mindful skills that foster their humanity and sense of belonging so they can flourish in school and life. In this session we will dive into mindfulness as a framework for building community in your early childhood classroom. Our behavior guidance approach includes reframing behaviors, enriching SEL vocabulary and mindful teacher self-care. Adenia has partnered with over 50 Chicago schools and community organizations, supporting their staff and families. As a graduate of UIC's Department of Educational Psychology, she is engaged in ongoing SEL research, serves as an adjunct professor and conducts anti-bias workshop at Erikson Institute. She is enrolled in their Doctoral program with a focus on the intersection between social justice and SEL.​

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Day: Friday

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Practical Mindfulness for Coaches and Student-Athletes (ALL)

Presenter: Matt Dewar, 2018-19 COSEM President, Well-Being Coordinator, Lake Forest High School

Description: In this session, Dr. Matt Dewar will explore the significance of the mind in athletic performance, and how mindfulness practices can help athletes perform better in their respective sport and, more importantly, in life. More specifically, the session will focus on mindfulness as a vehicle for internal “state management.” By creating a greater awareness of breath, body, and internal dialogue, athletes can begin to employ specific techniques to manage the challenging internal states that arise in competition and that often impede peak performance. The last part of the workshop will focus on the concept of “co-regulation” and why it’s essential that coaches practice and embody the mindfulness principles they want their players to embrace. 

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Day: Friday

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Cultivating Self-Compassion (ALL)

Presenter: Ramaa Krishnan, Grow Through Mindfulness

Description: This presentation focuses on healing our own inner child as a way towards being even more sensitive to the undercurrents within our relationships in the classroom. The goal is to develop a deeper understanding of what it means to truly heal as we apply self-compassion to our own vulnerabilities. In doing so, we grow in awareness and build emotional resilience. Ramaa is the founder of the Full Bloomed Lotus Center for Self-Awareness in Wilmette, IL. She founded Grow Through Mindfulness, a not-for-profit dedicated to changing the world by approaching education from the inside out--teaching our children to cultivate empathy and compassion, resilience and self-regulation--inspiring them to thrive. Note: This session is about developing your own personal practice (not teaching mindfulness in the classroom).

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Day: Friday

Room: TBA

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A Digital Tier 1 Teen Intervention (9-12th)

Presenter: Alissa Mrazek, PhD, UC Santa Barbara, Evidence-Based Courses

Description: There are many approaches to bringing mindfulness training to high school students. When aiming to deliver standardized training to students at scale, a digital approach is particularly promising. Yet like all approaches, digital training has its limitations. With the support of the U.S. Department of Education, our team at UC Santa Barbara is exploring how to most effectively bring digital evidence-based mindfulness training to high school students across the country. In this talk, we’ll explore the research results found thus far, as well as the broader obstacles and opportunities related to this initiative.

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Day: Friday

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Social, Emotional, & Ethical Learning -Center for Contemplative Science & Compassion-Based Ethics  (ALL)

Presenter: Lindy Settevendemie, MAT, Project Coordinator for SEE Learning, Emory University

Description: While mindfulness and SEL are becoming well established in education, this session will explain the added value for students and educators of incorporating trauma-informed skills, systems thinking, and basic human values such as compassion, within a single comprehensive and holistic framework, such as the one offered by SEE Learning. Described as “SEL 2.0” by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, SEE Learning is a K-12 education program developed for international use and conveys a universal, non-sectarian, and science-based approach to bringing the ethical development of the whole child into education. The program, launched in the spring of 2019, is the culmination of decades’ long academic collaboration between Emory University and the Dalai Lama. 

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Applying Mindfulness to Evaluation: Transforming Pedagogy, Advancing Student Agency (ALL)

Presenter: Sheila Kennedy and Jen Consillio, Lewis University

Description: This session will describe the use of mindfulness as a heuristic for improving pedagogy, especially in terms of evaluation, offering a model for participants to use in their own teaching across all grade levels. Based on discrete mindfulness practices and research, participants will learn about the presenters’ process and experience of using the tenets of mindfulness to create a mindfulness-based evaluation process, which in turn transformed pedagogy and, most importantly, cultivated greater student agency. 

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Mindfulness as a Tool for Promoting Student Voice and Agency (ALL)

Presenter: Mimi Ojaghi, Resilient Mind Consulting and SEL Consultant at Dekalb Regional Office of Educatio

Description: This session is an Introduction of the role of culturally relevant teaching, the brain, and how to build student/teacher partnerships through mindfulness training to promote a classroom culture and climate that encourages student voice, independence, and agency.

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Student Mindfulness Practice Groups Before and After School: What To Know and Do-and Not Do (6-8th)

Presenter: Andrea Holm and Danielle Lucio, Lewis University and Guiding Light Counseling

Description: This session will offer best practices for teaching mindfulness and meditation to junior high school-aged children, in a group setting, before or after school, and will include lesson planning, interventions, and techniques that the students reported being the most enjoyable. Participants will also learn about the psycho-educational benefits of mindfulness for school-aged children, especially in terms of improving areas of academic performance and internal growth. Specifically, participants will: (1) Learn how to plan 6-10 weeks of scaffolded, mindfulness sessions for junior high students. (2) Learn about mindfulness assessment tools for tracking student’s daily progress. (3) Learn about the internal and academic growth that students gained through learning mindfulness skills.

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A Multimodal Exploration of Contemplative Pedagogy Practices (ALL)

Presenter: Debra Vinci-Minogue, COSEM Board & Dominican University

Description: This interactive session will introduce participants to the tree of contemplative practices, deeply exploring several practices. These practices can be modified for all grade levels and examples will be given for both elementary and high school. Participants will engage in personal explorations of contemplative pedagogy by visiting contemplative “stations” including: reading and analyzing picture books for deeper meaning, viewing (beholding) art images to reflect on personal meaning, reading and listening (Lectio Divina) to poetry to deconstruct meaning for self growth and understanding. After each station has been visited, participants will share insights and reflect on implications for expanded understanding of contemplative pedagogy. The session will conclude with a loving kindness meditation.

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Mindfulness for At Risk and Incarcerated Students

Presenter: Susan Andersen, MS, OTR/L, volunteer at Lincoln Hills School and Copper Lake School, Irma, WI and Jennifer Moniz, MS, Psychological Associate, Lincoln Hills School and Copper Lakes School

Description: In this session, we will discuss the implementation of a mindfulness program at a school in a youth prison. Session participants will learn how to incorporate trauma-informed approaches into a mindfulness curriculum. We'll also talk about how to create a shift in culture through collaboration with administrative staff and how including community volunteers can make a difference. Content of this session is applicable for at risk students as well as incarcerated students.

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SHARING the CARING: What I Learned at the Educator CARE Retreat

Presenter: Valerie Pienka, Supporting Teacher Success

Description: Valerie won our EMCON2019 $1000 grant, which we selected randomly from those who registered before Jan 1. This experiential session will outline the learning obtained at Garrison institute's CARE Retreat that she attended over the summer. It is a research based, proven program that significantly improves teacher well-being, emotional supportiveness, emotional sensitivity, and classroom productivity. Mindfulness-based intervention strategies designed to address teacher occupational stress will be shared in this experiential session.

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Expanding from an 8th Grade Mindfulness Elective  into a Whole School Mindfulness Initiative (ALL)

Presenter: Joan Tetrault and Gretchen Hibben, The Public Schools of Northborough-Southborough, MA

Description: In this session we will go over how we took one mindfulness initiative (8th-grade elective) and expanded that into a whole school mindfulness initiative and the beginning of a district-wide initiative across two towns.

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Day: Saturday

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Mindful Leadership

Presenter: Renee Metty, With Pause

Description:  Mindfulness practices and decoding body language will increase your rapport, trust and influence at work- with your school team and parents. In this session, not just for administrators, you will learn:
• Why slowing down will increase your time and performance
• A 3 step process to move from condition choice to true choice
• Why choice is your superpower
• How to manage chaos with ease

Day: Saturday

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Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field

Presenter: Andrea Hyde, Western Illinois University and Lisa Flynn, Yoga 4 Classrooms 

Description: Authors of Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field (2019, SUNY Press), who are members and presenters of the National Kids Yoga Conference (April 17-19, 2020 in Alexandria, VA), will gather to tell the story of creating the book and what they learned from it. This book provides first hand perspectives from yoga practitioners and educators on the promises and challenges of school-based yoga programs. It argues that public school-based yoga teachers' work must be viewed as knowledge, as part of what we know about yoga in schools. Attendees will be invited to discuss the major themes that constitute the findings of this project and learn about the process of editing or contributing to a book as narrative inquiry, a type of qualitative research.  A space-constrained yoga sequence will also be taught. 

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Day: Saturday 

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Yoga & Mindfulness for the Early Years (Infant - Kindergarten)

Presenter: Lisa Clarke, ERYT-200, RCYT, YACEP and Founder of laLa wellness

Description: It is not our job as early childhood professionals to teach children mindfulness, but rather to enhance their awareness of mindfulness through the language we use (both verbal and non-verbal). This session encourages participants to mindfully reflect on the activities, transitions, language choices and supportive practices that impact a child's socio-emotional development.  It will have interactive elements and participants will move through mindful transitions, breathing practices, and movement stories.

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Day: Saturday

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Embedding Practice into School-wide SEL Systems (PK-8th)

Presenter: Gene Olsen and teachers from CCSD 89, Glen Ellyn, IL

Description: Attendees will learn how schools can use an SEL school-wide framework to embed mindfulness practices into everyday practices; how mindfulness is used through Responsive Classroom strategies; how it can be used as a tiered intervention; and how systems use mindfulness as a means to engage outside stakeholders.

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Day: Saturday

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An Elementary School's Journey to Mindfulness (PK-5th)

Presenter: Julia Chamberlain, Tyler Elementary School, Gainesville, VA

Description: Our school became a mindful school last year. Our principal, school counselor, and school social worker together led this journey and I will share how we did this and what we did, so that the participants can do the same or enhance what they’re already doing!

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Day: Saturday

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Mindful Culture & Mindful Self: Cultivating Adult Wellness to Impact Student Learning (ALL)

Presenter: Lindsey Frank, Climate and Social Emotional Learning Coach, CCSD59, Arlington Heights, IL

Description: Learn supportive strategies for shifting adult mindsets, explore how to foster self-care practices within staff, gain methods for cultivating a trauma-skilled climate for mindfulness and begin to design creative avenues to organically form a mindful community. This is an integrated planning and experiential session so you leave inspired, empowered, and ready to take action. Lindsey is the district-wide Climate and Social Emotional Learning Coach for CCSD59 reaching students from Pre-K to Eighth Grade. She is a Learning Behavior Specialist, certified in Restorative Practices, a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200) through Breathe for Change and has taken coursework through Mindful Schools. She has her Trauma-Informed Yoga Certification through Catherine Ashton's Yoga to Transform Trauma.

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Day: Saturday

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Jin Shin Jyutsu for Education Professionals: The Perfect Mindfulness Companion (ALL)

Presenter: Kate Martin, Teacher at Asheville City Schools, NC

Description: Jin Shin Jyutsu (JSJ) is an ancient, oriental art that harmonizes life energy in the body. This art has one tool: hands. And what I love about this art is that everyone can learn JSJ sequences and implement them in their daily mindfulness practices---their own personal mindfulness practices and mindfulness practices they are incorporating in the classroom.  In this hands-on (literally) workshop, I will give a brief overview of JSJ and the 26 “Safety Energy Locks” which are areas on our bodies where energy can be stuck. I will walk participants through self-help practices called flows that will enhance their own lives and the lives of their students. These flows can be added very easily to mindfulness practices that already exist.  I will walk teachers through flows that address anxiety, focus, concentration, and other common classroom needs. 

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Day: Saturday

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Baby Steps In SEL Make Giant Strides In Standards-Based Grading​ (6th-12th)

Presenter: Rebecca Walker, Brandi Bane & Janine Wange, Metea Valley High School, IL

Description: Using examples from high school classrooms and extracurriculars, we share how teaching students to reflect on goals and be mindful of how they learn impacts overall school engagement. 

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Day: Saturday

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The Racially Literate Mindfulness Teacher (ALL)

Presenter: Sally Albright Green, Valley View CUSD 365u, Bolingbrook, IL

Description: What is racial literacy? How is it developed? Why is it so critically important in mindful classrooms? Where do you start? Sally is a teacher, teacher coach, and mindfulness practitioner and trainer.  She began studying her racial identity almost twenty years ago, and has worked to incorporate her sensitivities about race into her day to day life in and out of school. Sally understands the idea that teachers and students will thrive when stakeholders buy-in to and correct the impact systemic whiteness has on curriculum, grading practices, and classroom climates.

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Day: Saturday

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More Joy, Less Stress: Mindfulness Integrations for School Counselors (ALL)

Presenter: Sheila Anderson, Britton-Hecla School District, South Dakota

Description: Mindfulness and resiliency practices are one set of tools that counselors can use to assist students. In this session, we will explore some of the available options and how these practices and programs can easily be integrated into K-12 school settings. Sheila will begin by sharing ideas and practices she learned from the GRIT Institute's SMART Program (Stress Management and Resiliency Training created by Dr. Amit Sood of Mayo Clinic)  and then give an overview of MindUP, Braintalk Therapy, and ReTHINK, as well as some other resources she uses.  At the end, attendees will have a chance to share resources that they have had success using, and mentor each other on situations and challenges that have come up in their schools.

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Day: Saturday

Room: TBA

Time: TBA

Mindful Me, Mindful World Summer Program (PK-2nd)

Presenter: Elspeth Stowe-Grant, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, IL

Description: This session will deconstruct a summer program for five to eight year old’s centered on mindfulness, yoga and community service. We will explore yoga and mindfulness activities to develop self-awareness, kindness and compassion. We will discuss service projects that resonate with young children, strengthen their connection to others and empower them to make a positive difference in the world. Elspeth Stowe-Grant has been an early childhood educator for over 21 years. She is a graduate of the Erikson Institute and Mindful Schools Year Long Mindful Teacher Program. She is currently working on her Little Flower Yoga Teacher Certification.

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Day: Saturday

Room: TBA

Time: TBA

Building a State or Local COSEM Chapter: One Size Does Not Fit All

Presenter: Joan Tetrault, New England Chapter Coordinator

Description: Learn more about the heart of our mission, our state and local chapters, where grassroots action takes place to make mental health a priority in all schools across the globe. Chapters are communities of practice and focus on connecting educators from different school districts, mentoring each other as we bring mindfulness-based practices into our schools, and supporting each other in our self-care and personal mindfulness practice.  If we know what is happening mindfulness-wise in other districts then it inspires and empowers us to do the same-and it's more fun to work toward same goals together!

"Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." -Artistotle

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