Thank you to those who are joining the conversation in this special webinar series!


COSEM values equity, belonging, and inclusion, and there is a direct link to being more authentic in these areas when we deliberately cultivate both a mindfulness practice and our equity work. To move our mission forward prioritizing equity work, COSEM President Tovi Scruggs-Hussein launched an Equity-Based Conversation Series as one of her first major contributions in her role.  


Our goal with this series is to learn from each other, circulate ideas, and share best-practices we are using in our schools and classrooms. Almost every month, Tovi meets with an equity leader to highlight the intersectionality of mindfulness, equity, and SEL.  Participants have access to ask questions and enhance their practices. Please email Tovi with topic suggestions. 

Register for free below--October guest will l be announced soon. We use the Zoom platform and also try to stream each one live on our Facebook group.

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James Butler

James Butler has 14 years of teaching experience, mostly in Pre-K and K.  In 2014, James was named Austin ISD Teacher of the Year. In 2009, James volunteered as a HS English and Math teacher at Mangetti Combined School in Namibia. He wrote a mindfulness curriculum for elementary schools called Mindful Classrooms: The Educator Guide. It's being used in over 60 schools and camps in six states. He joined the SEL team for Austin ISD in July 2016 as the Mindfulness Specialist.

Here is the “Smore” James created with all of the links and resources from his mini-lesson, including their new Mindful AISD website. Learn more about Mindful Classrooms at mindfulclassrooms.com.

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Linda Ryden

Linda Ryden is the creator of the Peace of Mind Program, a cutting-edge combination of mindfulness, conflict resolution, and social-emotional learning. Linda is the author of the Peace of Mind Curriculum Series and is the full-time Peace Teacher at Lafayette Elementary School, a public school in Washington, DC, where she teaches Peace classes to more than 700 children every week.

Linda’s work on the Peace of Mind program has been recognized in The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, and her program has been featured on local CBS, ABC, and Fox5 news stations. Linda was recognized as one of the “Faces of DC” by the George Washington Hatchet. Linda brings a passion for teaching peace and over 25 years of teaching experience to her work with children and adults. Linda holds a BA from Wesleyan University.

From Linda: Peace of Mind resources are available on Amazon and at https://teachpeaceofmind.org/shop/.  Our Peace of MInd Curriculum Series (5 volumes) from PreK-5 is available now. Our Middle School curriculum and the supplemental equity lessons for grades 3-5 will be available in a few weeks. Sign up for our mailing list https://teachpeaceofmind.org/newsletters/ to be notified as soon as they are ready. Our four storybooks Rosie's Brain (also in Spanish as El Cerebro de Rosita), Henry is Kind, Sergio Sees the Good, and Tyaja Uses the THiNK Test are available here: https://teachpeaceofmind.org/shop/. We also offer classroom resources, posters, mindfulness card sets, conflict resolution games and more. Discounts available for Title I schools. 

Zaretta Hammond 

Zaretta Hammond is a national consultant and the author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. She is a former high school and community college expository writing instructor who is passionate about the intersection of literacy, equity, and neuroscience. She has published articles in Educational Leadership, The Learning Professional, and Phi Delta Kappan.

Zaretta has free resources on her website crtandthebrain.com that she pulled her slides from. 

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Nicole Lusiani Elliott 

Nicole Lusiani Elliott serves as an instructional coach and professional development associate for the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning. Nicole also works as the Assistant Director at the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University, working primarily in areas of history education and instructional equity, in the Hollyhock Fellowship, AP Success Research Project, and as a pedagogy partner with Stanford Global Studies. She previously spent 19 years teaching at an East Bay public high school. 


Here are Nicole's presentation slides. She can be found at nlusiani@stanford.edu or on her website nicolelusiani.com.

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Dr. Sharroky Hollie

Dr. Sharroky Hollie is a national educator who provides professional development to thousands of educators in the area of cultural responsiveness. Since 2000, Dr. Hollie has trained over 150,000 educators and worked in nearly 2000 classrooms. Going back 25 years, he has been a classroom teacher at the middle and high school levels, a central office professional development coordinator in Los Angeles Unified School District, a school founder and administrator, and university professor in teacher education at the Cal State University. Sharroky has also been a visiting professor for Webster University in St. Louis and a guest lecturer at Stanford and UCLA.

In addition to his experience in education, he has authored several texts and journal articles. Most recently, he wrote Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning (2015) and contributed a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of African American Language (2015). Dr. Hollie's first book, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning: Classroom Practices for Student Success was published in 2011, followed soon thereafter by The Skill to Lead, The Will to Teach, co-written with Dr. Anthony Muhammad.

Here are resources from culturallyresponsive.org.

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An Introduction to Tovi Scruggs-Hussein

In this video from the summer of 2019, Tracy Heilers, Executive Director of COSEM, interviews our president Tovi Scruggs-Hussein.


Tovi is a visionary educator, author, and award-winning urban high school principal with over 25 years of emotional intelligence and self-mastery experience.  From her lived experience, Tovi teaches what the future of successful leadership will require: self-awareness and deep connection to others.  She has served as California’s Regional Executive Director of Partners in School Innovation, founding co-director of the Association of CA School Administrators Equity Leaders Academy and Regional State Equity Representative, and co-founded a secondary school. Tovi is the founding co-teacher of the trauma-informed leadership course at Mills College. 


Most recently, Tovi was personally trained with Brené Brown and is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator and Courage Catalyst. Her other certifications are numerous and include Integral Coaching by New Ventures West,  Search Inside Yourself, and Niroga Institute.  Deemed “Goddess at Work,” Tovi utilizes skills from her numerous certifications and leadership experiences, leading transformative professional development and keynotes nationally. Tovi has committed her next body of work to cultivating the competencies of leaders to create equitable and sustainable change and transformation by being more conscious, connected and courageous.

Learn more at ticiess.com.

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