TOVI'S ARTICLE

 

One of the breakouts will update us on a large randomized controlled trial being conducted in Louisville, KY schools with the Compassionate Schools Project curriculum. The research aims to have a major impact on children’s education nationwide in terms of academic performance, physical education, character development, and child health policies­ due to its extraordinary scale of 50 schools and 20,000 children over the project’s seven years.

Imagine a yearlong freshman course that sets all students up for academic, social, and emotional success. In this session, Dr. Matt Dewar shares his experiences integrating mindfulness into Wellness for Life, a mandatory freshman course at Lake Forest High School that does the following:

  • Teaches mindfulness and stress-management skills 

  • Integrates SEL with an emphasis on depression awareness 

  • Moves beyond disease prevention to “wellness” and whole-person vitality

  • Cultivates leadership and mentoring through peer-trained TAs 

  • Develops executive functioning skills

  • Instills a passion for movement and fitness

  • Introduces all students to building-wide tier one supports 

  • Fulfills freshman PE and Health credits

Dr. Jennings is leading the development of the Compassionate Schools Project curriculum, an integrated health education program designed to align with state and national health and physical education standards. She is Co-Principal Investigator on a large randomized controlled trial being conducted in Louisville, KY to evaluate the curriculum’s efficacy. Learn about this research which aims to have a major impact on children’s education nationwide in terms of academic performance, physical education, character development, and child health policies­ due to its extraordinary scale of 50 schools and 20,000 children over the project’s seven years. 

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