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Our 5th Annual Educating Mindfully Conference will take place virtually for COSEM professional members on March 10-12, 2023. We'll move beyond theoretical knowledge into mentoring educators on the “how to” of integrating mindfulness-based practices into their school days and creating healing, compassionate, trauma-sensitive, and inclusive learning environments that prioritize skills for life-long social and emotional wellbeing. Stay tuned for more details. Schedule and line-up are subject to change.​ Times shown in Central Time (Chicago).

Thursday, March 9th, 9:00-3:30 CT

Friday, March 10th, 9:00-3:30 CT
  • Celebrating #SELday and sharing strategies for how to integrate Mindfulness-Based SEL (MBSEL) into your school day with students. Confirmed presenters include:

    • Opening Session with COSEM President Lindsey Frank and Student-Led Mindfulness Practice​

    • Keynote with Craig Martin, Executive Director, Bridge Boston Charter School

    • Mindfulness and Movement Integration with Angelo Monsalve Restrepo and David Flores, Mindful Life Project

    • Mindfulness, Resilience, and Mental Health Across the Curriculum with Linda Yaron Weston, University of Southern California

    • Mindfulness Ambassadors: A Student-led and Linguistically Diverse Mindfulness Program at the American Embassy School, New Delhi with Kalee Thompson

    • Trauma-Resilient MBSEL for Mitigating Learning Loss and Enhancing Classroom Climate with Bidyut Bose, Niroga Institute

    • Changing the Channel: Teaching Metacognition through Mindfulness in Elementary School with Linda Ryden and Syreetta McArthur, Peace of Mind Inc

    • The Chill Spot: Creating a Safe Space in a Philadelphia High School through a Mindfulness Drop-in Room with Alyson Showell LaPorta and Amelia Mraz, Inner Strength Education

    • Exploring the Impact of Regular Practice of Research-Based Mindfulness Techniques on Students with Matt Bragman and Maura Salisbury, Calm Classroom

Saturday, March 11th, 9:00-3:30 CT 
  • Mentorship from school leaders and educators who are transforming their schools/districts through adult MBSEL and sustainable, equitable, and heart-centered approaches. Confirmed presenters include:

    • Opening Session and Intention Setting Practice with COSEM President Lindsey Frank

    • Keynote: Social Justice and a Mindful School Culture with Dr. Dawn Brooks-DeCosta, Deputy Superintendent, Community School District 5, NYC Department of Education

    • Mindfulness and Movement Integration with Kelli Norgaard, Breathe for Change

    • Building Bridges: How to Cultivate Trauma-Informed Centers of Care with Larissa Noto, Childlight Education Company

    • Inclusive and Proactive Mindfulness in Schools that Meet All Students’ Needs with Kristin Vogel-Campbell and Sam Drazin, San Mateo Foster City School District, CA

    • Building a Sustainable Mindfulness Program in PK-12 Schools with Miriam Zavagnin and Lindsay Kobolt, Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, MO

Sunday, March 12th, 9:00-12:00 CT

Pre-Recorded Sessions
  • COSEM Members will have access to many pre-recorded conference sessions for self-paced learning on our Member Site.  All live sessions will also be recorded for viewing on-demand on our Member Site. 

If my school gives me only one professional development conference to come to each year, this is the one I choose. The combination of information, collaboration, and affirmation make this a growth opportunity that makes sense to me personally and professionally as an educator and an educational leader.


This conference has changed my view of myself as a human and educator. I feel empowered to reach higher levels of SEL and mindfulness practices in my daily life.

I kept putting off signing up for this conference because I was feeling overwhelmed at work. At the last minute decided to make the commitment, and it was the best decision! I left the workshops I attended feeling reinvigorated, listened to, and ready to share with my staff on Monday!

I came away refreshed and energized. This conference was a wonderful balance of self-care and in-depth learning. Thank you. I am recommending next year's conference to my colleagues!

EMCON is a powerful conference that combines learning how to integrate mindfulness within schools, as well as creating a healing space for educators so we are ready to support our learners. After every day, I leave feeling empowered and ready to take action in our important work of transforming education.

This was an outstanding conference in every way. It was very informative, and engaging and provided resources and strategies that would support the effective implementation of SEL and mindfulness practices at every level. Loved it!

I appreciate the intentionality that clearly went into bringing this conference to me. The collective wealth of knowledge and goodwill is nourishing for all teachers, regardless of where we may be in our practice, years spent in teaching, subject area, age group of our students, and respective zip code. Thank you for your kind consideration!

Wonderful to connect with like-minded educators/administrators to increase my resilience in this important and underemphasized aspect of our work with young people.

This conference was really great! The presenters were knowledgeable and the interactive nature of each workshop was impactful.

EMCON continues to provide relevancy and inspiration for educators. This conference generates energy and connection for educators that don't stop after the conference is over. Thank you for continuing to bring this event together. 

The change of environment to the virtual world held no boundaries. We were present, we were together, and we were a community. I came with the intention to relax, release, and renew. There was so much information and knowledge packed into our two-and-a-half days together. Listening to the stories shared by my peers in whole group and breakout rooms as well as reading the chats confirmed that I am not alone in this work and this walk.


I appreciated all the pause breaks and check-ins. I realized checking in with myself is extremely necessary. I gained new techniques to use in the classroom as well. I met some phenomenal souls and I plan to keep in touch as well as collaborate on projects. I connected with everyone I spoke with which gives me confirmation that I was in the right space. 

Through COSEM, Tracy and the many board members and other supporters have created a uniquely genuine and heartfelt experience. Having attended all 4 conferences I can testify that each one magically combines research with credible, powerful presenters and experiences. The commitment to supporting educators with a plethora of resources and expertise is very much appreciated for continuing to advocate for SEL and mindfulness in education!

The conference was a soul-filling and inspirational experience. It offered a wide scope of knowledgeable speakers, and opportunities for interaction, connection, and experiential learning.

Thank you to all of the presenters who shared their knowledge and heart during this conference. I learned a lot that I can use immediately. I thought it was a wonderful virtual conference.

As an educator, educational consultant, curriculum, and professional development creator, I found The Educating Mindfully conference to be expansive, liberating, and grounding...simultaneously.

I learned a lot and was inspired by the presenters. It was wonderful to be with others who share my passion for bringing mindfulness to education!

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