Here are some of our confirmed breakout sessions presenters (the exact day that each is presenting is not known at this time):
Mindfulness as an Equity Tool, Tovi C. Scruggs-Hussein, COSEM president, Tici'ess, Inc.
Mindfulness Spaces and Student Mindfulness Mentors, Lauren Beversdorf with 7th and 8th graders from Bannockburn School
Supporting Students with Learning Disabilities Through Mindfulness and Metacognition, Tara Schneider, M.M.F. School, NY
Teaching Subject Content While Also Exploring Issues of Self, Community & Other, William Meyer, The Bronxville School, NY
Mindful Culture & Mindful Self: Cultivating Adult Wellness to Impact Student Learning, Lindsey Frank, CCSD 59, IL
Exploring the Relationship Between Well-Being and Breath, Matt Dewar, Well-Being Coordinator, Lake Forest High School, IL
Lawsuits and Lessons Learned About Secularity, Fiona Jensen, Calmer Choice
Student Mindfulness Practice Groups Before & After School: What To Know and Do (& Not Do), Andrea Holm, Lewis University
Mindfulness & Social Identity: Practices for Challenging Implicit Bias, Grace Helms Kotre, Power to Be
Teaching Mindfulness-Based Conflict Resolution in Elementary School: Skills that Work Beyond the Classroom, Linda Ryden
Applying Mindfulness to Evaluation: Transforming Pedagogy, Advancing Student Agency, Sheila Kennedy and Jen Consilio
Intro to Mindful Chair Yoga for Classrooms, Mayuri Gonzalez, Little Flower Yoga
Stress Resilience and Sustainable Resourcing, Kelly Knoche and Sonya Mehta, The Teaching Well
Cultivating Self-Compassion, Ramaa Krishnan, Grow Through Mindfulness
Our First High School Mindfulness Course was So Popular We Added a Second Course, Michelle Martin, Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, IN
Expanding from an 8th Grade Mindfulness Elective into a Whole School Mindfulness Initiative, Trottier Middle School, MA
The GRIT Institute's SMART Program (Stress Management and Resiliency Training), Sheila Anderson, Britton-Hecla SD, SD
Mindful Behaviour Guidance in Early Grades, Adenia Linker, Erikson Institute
SHARING the CARING: What I Learned at the Educator CARE Retreat, Valerie Pienka, Supporting Teacher Success
A Digital Tier 1 Teen Intervention, Alissa Mrazek, UCSB Center for Mindfulness and Human Potential, Evidence-Based Courses
Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma: Using Mind-Body Interventions, Kathy Flaminio, 1000 Petals
Film Screening of May I Be Happy
Intro to SEE Learning Curriculum
Details on breakout sessions coming soon.
Here are some of our confirmed breakout session presenters (the exact day that each is presenting is not known at this time):
Embedding Mindfulness Practice into School-Wide SEL Systems, Glen Ellyn CCSD 89, IL
Staying Present for Better Teaching & Learning-Create a Mindful Group of Teachers, Lauren Beversdorf, Bannockburn School
Baby Steps In SEL Make Giant Strides In Standards-Based Grading, Metea Valley High School, IL
Adding Yoga as a Special at Your Elementary School, Jessica Janowsky, Elmira City School District, NY
The Racially Literate Mindfulness Teacher, Sally Green, VVSD 365u, IL
Mindful Leadership: Creating a Mindful School Culture, Renee Metty, With Pause
An Elementary School's Journey to Mindfulness, Julia Chamberlain, Tyler Elementary School, VA
Mindfulness as a Tool for Promoting Student Voice and Agency, Miriam Ojaghi, DeKalb ROE, IL
Restorative Circles with a Mindfulness Foundation, Megan Grochowiak, Chicago Public Schools
Jin Shin Jyutsu for Education Professionals: The Perfect Mindfulness Companion, Kate Martin, Asheville City Schools, NC
A Multimodal Exploration of Contemplative Pedagogy Practices, Debra Vinci-Minogue, Dominican University, IL
Building a State or Local COSEM Chapter: One Size Does Not Fit All, Joan Tetrault, New England Chapter of COSEM
Details on breakout sessions coming soon.
Y.O.G.A. Program: Yoga as a School "Special' (K-6th)
Presenter: Jessica Janowsky, M.Ed., RYT, Elmira City School District, NY
Description: Learn how to implement a yoga and mindfulness program school-wide, across all grades levels and for all students, that builds a school culture of compassion, tolerance, and trusting relationships. Jessica has started a program in her intermediate school (3rd-6th grade) that emphasizes calming and self-regulation strategies for a population of students that are in the low socio-economic and trauma victim categories. She'll share how she came to be a "Specials" teacher in her school, how the students rotate through Specials such as PE, Art and Music, and what she has learned and refined along the way. She will share, and participants will try, a few of her students' favorite practices.
Equity and Sustainability in Education (ALL)-sorry; this workshop is cancelled; replacement coming soon!
In this 3 hour workshop, participants will learn about the biology of stress and trauma through the lens of the education system. Through a somatic-based process, the participants will learn to identify their own stress signals, understand how they carry stress in their bodies, and learn tangible ways to support their colleagues with stress resilience and sustainability. The workshop will be a dynamic and interactive combination of learning through listening, conversation, writing, drawing, mindfulness, and somatic practices.
This workshop will have a specific lens of racial equity and is a wonderful complement to the morning workshop Mindfulness Practices for Exploring Racial Identity and Systemic Whiteness.
One of the most profound impacts of white supremacy and other oppressive systems is to force people, particularly people of color and particularly those on the frontlines of serving community, to dissociate from their bodies. Our education system constantly requires teachers to choose between their own personal health and wellbeing and serving their communities, and this false choice leads rapidly to chronic stress and burnout.
Our work at The Teaching Well shifts this paradigm, by helping educators to see that investing in resourcing ourselves actually gives us much more capacity to serve our communities, and to sustain ourselves in the work in the long term. Our work is about "wellness beyond whiteness," and expanding beyond self-care to include community care in our definition of systemic, holistic wellness. When we deepen our own personal wells of giving, we serve community from a more compassionate and healthy place, and heal many of the dehumanizing aspects of our education system.
In particular, we'll explore the following inquiry questions: - What is trauma and how does it engage the nervous system? - How do teachers’ bodies respond to working in classrooms and communities with high exposure to trauma? How can teachers and others on the frontlines of the education system manage their trauma exposure to prevent burnout and be their best selves in the work? - How can we become more aware of our escalation patterns? What tools can you add to your toolkit to calm your nervous system when experiencing stress, trauma exposure, or fatigue? - How is investing in teacher health and wellbeing a powrful lever for educational equity?
Sonya Mehta, Director of Partnerships, The Teaching Well
Kelly Knoche, Executive Director, The Teaching Well
At The Teaching Well, we’re committed to creating thriving school ecosystems by focusing on adult wellbeing and healthy communication. We support educators in understanding their stress signals, regulating their nervous system, and communicating their needs to bring people back to their bodies. Our holistic suite of offerings includes a combination of mindfulness, somatic strategies to explore sensation in the body, written reflection, discussion, and concrete tools. We have found that when people are connected to their bodies, emotions, and needs, it increases their impact, sustainability, and longevity in equity and justice work.
Contact Tracy if you are leading a Workshop, Training, Webinar, etc. (anywhere in the nation) that you would like promoted on this page. It's free!
If you sign up for any, let them know you were referred by Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully. In some cases, they will make a small donation to our nonprofit, and these donations will go to our Mindfulness Resource Fund.
We are working to create a series of Mindful Educator Academies in the Chiagoland area, led by certified MBSR teachers as well as educuators who have completed other mindfulness trainings. The MEAs will provide self-care practices, mentoring, training, and other support for educators passionate about practicing and integrating mindfulness in their classrooms. Become a member to receive updates! Once we get them started in the Chicago area, we will branch out to helping our other chapters start Academies.
If your school is willing to host an after-school or evening 4-6 week session, please let us know. We are seeking partnerships and funding to make the fees to take these Academies low or free for educators. Once we get this service rolling in Chicagoland, we will start creating Academies in other areas of the country, partnering with Departments of Education to help with promotion.
RSVP for one or more of the COSEM offerings by May 8 and any offering meeting the minimum 'break-even' RSVPs (8 for retreat, 16 for those with local presenters, and 24 for those with non-local presenters) by then, will run.
Registration will then go from May 9-July 1 or until max capacity is reached. No onsite registration. No refunds, but contact us for ticket transfers or to transfer payments to 2020 conference or Mindful Educator Academy.
A special thanks to CASE DuPage for providing CDPUs and CEUs.
Investment for 1 or 2 days (or 1 or 2 people) is $150. This includes lunch brought in from a local restaurant such as Noodles & Co or Panera. Price decreases to $125 for day 3 and 4 (or person 3 and 4), and to $100 for day 5 or person 5. For groups of 6 or more, call Tracy and she will work with your school on a group rate and provide an invoice.
Mindful Schools will also be hosting a Mindful Room at the conference. It will be an exhibition displaying various mindfulness activities, wall displays, photos, teaching props and books for school-aged students. They curated this room with suggestions from educators from across the nation. It will be open and available for conference attendees to explore the display as well as offer a space for practice throughout Thursday and Friday of the conference. We hope visitors walk away from this exhibition inspired to try out one of these ideas in their school.
Our workshop will help Pre-k – 2nd grade educators create a sense of belonging and safety in their classroom by approaching discipline in a compassionate and caring way. Participants will reframe classroom challenges through a culturally sensitive and trauma-informed lens. Educators will come away with new ideas in embedding SEL in their school and challenge traditional classroom management techniques with the purpose of creating peaceful and smoothly functioning learning space.
Understand the role of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in early childhood
Differentiate SEL and behavior management
Approach behavioral challenges with empathy and understanding
Cultural and familial considerations in approaching behaviors
The role of self-care in behavior guidance
How trauma effects behavior
Adenia Linker, MEd, SAYD, CYT (top photo), is the Project Coordinator for Erikson Institute’s SEL Initiative. She has nearly 20 years’ experience bringing wellness education to children, families and educators. During that time, Adenia has partnered with nearly 50 Chicago schools and community organizations, supporting their staff and families. She has a deep understanding of how our youth respond to their environment and how to help them foster valuable physical, intellectual, emotional and social skills. Most recently, Adenia has managed a federally funded study of mindfulness as tool for enhancing social and emotional skills in K-2nd grade classrooms. Overseeing the implementation in over 90 classrooms, supporting 16 elementary school teams and engaging with stakeholders at every level, she (like all involved) eagerly awaits published outcomes expected this winter. As a graduate of UIC's Department of Educational Psychology, she is engaged in ongoing social and emotional learning research, serves as an adjunct professor and conducts anti-bias workshop at Erikson Institute. She is also currently enrolled in Erikson’s Doctoral program with a focus on the intersection between social justice and social and emotional learning.
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We made a request for Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) to be the Keynote for our Conference. His scheduler responded that she would be glad to list our event on his calendar, but the 2019 Congressional calendar does not come out until December 2018. At that time, they will look into his availability. Fingers crossed!
Congressman Tim Ryan brings a unique perspective to today's political and social reality: he's an established figure in the mindfulness movement and an all-American guy from the heartland who's now in his eighth term in Congress. His newest book is Healing America: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Recapture the American Spirit. In this revised edition of A Mindful Nation, he presents us with an inspiring and hopeful view of our country's future and a roadmap for how to get there.
Congressman Tim Ryan connects the dots between what's happening with mindfulness in classrooms, hospitals, boardrooms, research labs, and army bases across the country by sharing his interactions with experts in education, defense, health care, criminal justice, and the environment. His book paints a picture of emerging solutions that support us on many levels: it shows how the benefits of mindfulness apply to the challenges that affect each of us in our own lives and in our communities, and thus have implications for our society as a whole. Ryan will share what we can do, right here and right now, to help our country and ourselves.
This workshop is for any educator, PreK -16, parent, educational leader, elected official, power-holder, decision-maker, experimental scientist, creative artist or educational theorist realizing - or making your own connections - around how mindfulness brings creativity, imagination and innovation to life in our world on all levels of development and all of our professional activities. Mindfulness reminds us why these essential elements of learning, of making, of dreaming and “stepping outside the box and reimagining the situation” are critical to our joy, happiness, freedom, as well as the sustainability of our species.
Human creativity drives us forward as a species. It’s this unique ability to harness thoughts and ideas that has produced everything from the first sharpened stick, to the wheel, to the space shuttle, to the micro-processor. Yet despite our incredible capacity for creativity and imagination, there’s very little we actually understand about the creative process. Where do we get our great ideas, those sparks of insight that drive us forward as a species? How do we harness our own minds to produce incredible works of art, clever inventions, and new creations? Why can we be focused on a problem for days, months, even years, only to have a solution appear suddenly one day as if from nowhere?
While we might not truly understand the nature of creativity and the imagination (at least, not yet), we can still continue to apply ourselves in order to benefit from the rewards that come from focused concentration and those brief moments of inspiration that hit us like lightning bolts (http://www.keepinspiring.me/). As we engage in this mindfulness workshop/journey we will travel together towards the creation by each participant of a personal artifact, a symbol, a design, a character, an image. . . that “marks” your mindful engagement with this dynamic process and your own personal “work of art” that embodies and represents what you explored today as well as a vision for your own creative, imaginative and innovative journey into the future.
Barnaby Spring is an actor, artist, writer, educator, public speaker, activist, certified mindfulness and yoga teacher, educational theorist, husband, father and currently serves as Director of Mindfulness In Education, in the Office of the First Deputy Chancellor, in the New York City Department of Education where he has served since the mid-90s as a teacher working with girls on Rikers Island, then as a Dean of Students, then as Principal and now in this current role.
Rahesha Amon-Harrison is an enterprising 21st Century educational leader. After 23 years as an award winning classroom teacher, she stepped into the roles of Educational Coach, Academic Director, and Assistant Principal prior to becoming a founding Principal of Frederick Douglass Academy III in Bronx, New York. She later became a Deputy Superintendent and currently serves as the Superintendent of Community School District 16 in Brooklyn, New York.
Rahesha and her colleague Una-Kariim Cross will share their districts's unique vision for ensuring all schools have equitable resources and supports that address disproportionality. This includes identifying the practices, policies, and implicit biases that promulgate educational inequities and achievement gaps. Their work is on bringing their community together and centering their children and education using mindfulness, ancient practices, and traditions that preserve the history and culture of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Community.
Their phase 1 focus is on awareness, disporportionality, and implicit bias; phase 2 is on identifying, unpacking, healing, and storytelling; phase 3 is on the courage to dive deep, curriculum, and culture; and phase 4 is on schools as locations for healing, connections, and capstone. Key actions for development and sustainabilty include self-work (healing), community work (healing and practice), leadership work (capacity building), (re)conceptualizing the mindful school and classroom, and empathy/curiosity/kindness.
Linda Ryden has been teaching mindfulness-based social emotional learning as the full-time “Peace Teacher” at Lafayette Elementary School in Washington DC for over a decade. In her work with 700 first through fifth graders every week, Linda has seen the transformative potential of this work for students and schools. Linda would cover these topics: (1) Why we teach mindfulness, why we combine it with brain science, SEL and conflict resolution, and the positive impact this combination has for children. (2) How the needs of her students drew her to this work; (3) How this work has transformed her school: a case study of the power of a weekly, year-after-year, whole school model of integrating mindfulness-based social emotional learning; (4) The challenges she has faced along the way, such as teacher and administrator acceptance; (5) What we have learned about the conditions for success, including trauma-informed practices; (6) How and why we developed the Peace of Mind Curriculum and Program; and (7) Why it is so very important to be doing this work now, in community with others.
Not sure how to start? With Inner Explorer, just press play and practice.
Inner Explorer program is a series of daily 5-10-minute audio-guided mindfulness practices. The program focuses on key areas of development, bringing mindfulness to education and helping students prepare for learning. It offers programs for all age-groups (PreK-12).
Inner Explorer had the idea for this campaign and they are offering a free 3 week trial to start your "Commit to 1%" journey. The trial can be for one individual, all teachers at a school, or a whole school community. Consider starting with a 21 Day Community Mindfulness Challenge. Inner Explorer's platform keeps track of mindful minutes logged so you can set a group goal. During your challenge you can send out weekly newsletters introducing school families to the benefits of mindfulness and update everyone on their total mindful minutes logged. Families who practice a certain number of mindful minutes could be entered into a give-away raffle to win something healthy and fun.
Visit our Resources Page for a multitude of other mindfulness resources for schools-curriculums, books, trainings and more-all in one place to start your research and find one that best fits your school's unique needs.
Empowering Minds Deep Dive
Cody Wiggs, MA, LPC and
Charlie Merrow, MA
This experiential workshop will provide a hands-on deep dive into the Empowering Minds curriculum. From theory to practice, participants will leave with a thorough understanding of the Empowering Minds program and a clearly defined strategy for implementing the program in their setting. We will blend didactic and experiential components throughout the day so that participants develop a clear understanding of the 'what, why and how' of the program and leave with a number of tools, skills, and lessons that can be implemented immediately. Some highlights include:
Engaging team-building activities to cultivate cooperation and cohesion in your classroom
Direct experience practicing and teaching mindfulness
An exploration of cultural responsiveness and social justice in relation to SEL & mindfulness
Breath and movement techniques to reduce stress and increase well-being
Strategies and resources to promote high-quality, school-wide implementation
A neurobiological approach to stress, trauma, and mindfulness
Active engagement strategies to facilitate SEL in any academic context
As a bonus, participants in the deep dive workshop will be given free 30 day access to the entire curriculum to pilot at their site!
Cody is the Executive Director of Denver-based non-profit, Empowering Education and author of "Empowering Minds: A Mindfulness-Based Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum". He has been working with youth for the last decade in a variety of settings from school counseling, wilderness therapy, international service learning trips, community organizing, and private practice. Cody is a licensed professional counselor, a licensed school counselor, a nationally certified counselor, a certified yoga instructor, and a long-time practitioner of mindfulness. His work is informed by his travel and study of indigenous healing practices in SE Asia, India, South America, and North America.
Playing Present: Mindfulness for Athletes and Peak Performers
Tailored for PE teachers, coaches, parents, and professionals who work with or raise student athletes. Coaches can invite their athletes 15 yrs+ as well. The activities/exercises/interventions in this workshop provide a research-based set of skills to help:
Reduce the impact that stress and anxiety have on your performance
Boost confidence and mental toughness
Increase your ability to get into “The Zone.”
Calm your mind and sharpen focus and sensory awareness
Increase sport satisfaction and overall well-being
Gain more control and awareness of your actions and emotions on and off the field
“I strongly recommend this for all athletes, competitors, family members, coaches, and professional personnel.” — William E. Reith, Former US Olympic Fencing Coach and Gold Medalist
“This is an incredible program for all who want to really learn how to apply mindfulness training to sports. I find the content very helpful when working with athletes at all levels and enabling them to reach new heights in life and sports.” — Graham Betchart, Mental Skills Coach and consultant to USA Basketball and Young NBA Stars
Foundational Skills for a Mindful Athlete
Opening Your Sport Senses
Boosting Your Body and Breath—Enhancing Physical Awareness, Stamina, and Agility
Minding Your Mind—Mental Awareness Training
Emotional Mastery and Developing a Confident Athlete
Mindfulness, Narrative Identity, and Well-Being:
A Guided Exploration
This workshop is for history, English, and language arts teachers in middle school through higher education (or anyone else) interested in the intersection of mindfulness, narrative identity, and well-being. This workshop will explore how mindfulness - via narrative writing - can uncover narrative themes associated with well-being and help students discern and construct themes of resiliency, gratitude, and meaning in their emerging life stories.
During the first half of the workshop, participants will explore parallels between research on narrative identity and Joseph Campbell's work on the "Hero's Journey," a model for narrative identity in literature. Both narrative research and the Hero's Journey highlight themes of resiliency and self-transformation, which lead to the second half of the workshop where participants will practice mindfulness activities and narrative identity writing exercises that can be utilized in a variety of classrooms.
Dr. Matthew Dewar is the founder of JOURNEY 30K, a personal development platform that utilizes wellness and mindfulness strategies to transform individuals and organizations. Matthew is also a high school teacher, well-being coordinator, and learning facilitator who has designed and implemented teacher professional development and school wellness curricula, including mindfulness-based wellness for faculty and students. Most recently, Matthew has created and implemented mindfulness programming for professional and collegiate athletes. His work has been featured on TEDx, NPR, and the National Wellness Institute's podcast. He is the author of Education and Well-Being: An Ontological Inquiry.
Koru Mindfulness Workshop
Miriam (Mimi) Ojaghi
This workshop will be a combination presentation, discussion, and mini-retreat! Utilizing practical, research based curriculum developed by Koru Mindfulness Training, participants will examine the implications for developing important academic habits of mind that speak to issues of social justice through contemplative practices. Discussion will be complemented with specific mindfulness techniques as well as suggestions for incorporating them into classroom content in the K-20, parent, and community setting.
Dr. Miriam Ojaghi has over 15 years of experience applying mindfulness. A certified teacher, she has over 20 years of educational experience including 5 years as middle school teacher and 12 years as a college instructor. Her dissertation research examined the experience of underrepresented minority students pursuing STEM degrees to whom she taught mindfulness. She trained with The Center for Koru Mindfulness as well as the Learning to Breathe program. Dr. Ojaghi enjoys working with her Chicagoland clients to create a personalized plan for successful implementation of mindfulness.
YES! for Schools Workshop
Elan Gepner-Dales and
This workshop is offered in two parts; the second part is optional and you must sign up separately for an additional cost of $50.
Part 1: Saturday, 8:30-4:00; receive many useful tools, but not the full SKY practice
Part 2: Sunday, 9:00-12:30; receive training in the unique and powerful SKY Breathing Meditation technique (more below).
It is geared towards K-12th grade teachers and administrators. College educators are welcome and will find value also.
Part 1 (Saturday): Techniques for Excellence
This day is designed to strengthen the individual through practical self-care tools and life skills to manage stress and emotions, improve performance, increase job satisfaction, and support well-being. Within a school, it is a powerful staff experience, uplifting morale, generating connectedness, and fostering open, dynamic teamwork and communication.
Our programs for educators alleviate teachers’ stress, enrich dialogue and connection between colleagues, and boost team morale, supporting a healthy learning environment. By equipping teachers to manage their stress and emotions, we can transform the daily educational experiences of hundreds of students for every year each teacher is in service. And we can significantly uplift school climate and keep our best teachers inspired and in service, sustaining positive, engaging classrooms that keep kids in school, connected, learning, and successful.
Objectives for Part 1:
Give participants practical tools that help them recenter their systems, reducing stress and increasing vitality and calm.
Help participants prevent and manage burnout by using increased self-awareness to engage in dynamic internal balance.
Understand the powerful role that stress plays in schools, and what can happen when it is addressed.
Introduce the transformative YES! curriculum and the process for building comprehensive SEL, mindfulness, and restorative practices school-wide.
Part 2 (Sunday): Experience the Unique Gift of SKY Breathing
Research on SKY finds:
Improved cholesterol profile Enhanced immune system
Relieves anxiety and depression Improved emotion regulation
Reduced levels of biochemical markers of stress
Increased mental focus
Reduces and sustains relief in PTSD symptoms
How is my internal state of being affected by external pressures?
How does my internal state of being determine how effective and skillful I am in my environment?
Why is it critical for teachers and agents of change to honor and attend to their inner state and how can we do that?
How can we cultivate our self-awareness to find an internal balance that keeps us grounded, energetic, and happy?
When we engage in a regular practice of “self-restoration”, we find that balance to be transformational, allowing us to be present and affect change in a whole new way.
Learn more about SKY breathing here: tinyurl.com/skyres.
Calm Your Classroom
In this dynamic, inspiring, and FUN workshop—full of immediately actionable ideas—kids’ yoga and mindfulness expert, author, TEDx speaker, and award-winning musician Kira Willey will teach you how to incorporate music, movement and mindfulness easily and seamlessly into your classroom in order to:
--Give your students the tools to calm themselves
--Teach essential social-emotional lessons
--Empower children with skills to release their anxiety and stress
--Help kids develop self-awareness, the first step to self-regulation
--Incorporate healthy movement breaks, without losing control
--Completely engage (and keep) kids’ attention
--Create predictable, calming structure
--Help kids focus their energy
Learn the critical role the “3 M’s” - music, movement, and mindfulness - play in helping kids self-regulate and focus, and in getting the frequent brain breaks they need to be ready to learn. Kira will teach an arsenal of practical, quick, and easy-to-use mindfulness tips and techniques to calm your classroom (and yourself!), focus your students, and help them release anxiety. Kid-friendly breathing and focus exercises, chair yoga, and simple songs which incorporate movement will be included.
Kira will demonstrate her teaching methods using original music from her five award-winning CDs of kids’ yoga songs, as well as playing live. She’ll guide participants in creating their own simple mindfulness activities, rhythm games, call & response songs and more to help ease transitions, focus children, and help them learn how to cope with stress. (There’s absolutely no musical experience necessary, Kira’s an expert at making these techniques immediately accessible to everyone!)
—How to use simple mindfulness techniques to calm and focus children
—How mindfulness is an ideal vehicle for social emotional learning
—How music, rhythm, and movement affect the brain
—How music and memory work together to help kids retain information
—How to use rhythm & song to create predictable, calming structure
—How to create simple, memorable rhythm games and songs
—How to give kids quick, healthy movement breaks without losing control
—How to unify a group with music
—How to combine music and movement to fully engage children
We’ll have a blast trying these techniques together, and we’ll discuss practical applications and ways to incorporate these techniques into your day. You’ll practice using what you've learned, and leave totally inspired, with tons of use-it-now ideas to incorporate into your classroom right away!
Kira’s many resources available to support you include her children’s mindfulness book, Breathe Like a Bear, her four CDs of kids’ yoga songs, and her Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning mindfulness album, Mindful Moments for Kids. Learn more at kirawilley.com!
Teaching Peace: How to use restorative circles, mindfulness and conflict resolution to build kind and inclusive school communities
Join Linda Ryden, author of The Peace of Mind Curriculum and founder of Peace of Mind Inc, and Dave Trachtenberg, Mindfulness Educator and Restorative Circle Facilitator, for an experiential workshop on teaching peace. This is an ideal workshop for teachers, counselors and administrators who work with children in PreK through Grade 5.
We’ll explore how Peace Education and teaching Conflict Resolution, when integrated with mindfulness practices, basic neuroscience, and social emotional learning skills, can increase student well-being and create more peaceful schools.
Linda will share best practices developed over 15 years as the Peace Teacher at Washington DC’s largest public elementary school, where the climate has shifted dramatically toward inclusion and kindness. Linda continues to teach her Peace of Mind Curriculumto over 700 children a week.
Dave will lead us in creating Mindfulness Circles, where educators will learn experientially how to build authentic relationships, deepen mindfulness practice, and create more inclusive spaces through Circle-Facilitation. This is based in the philosophy of Restorative Practices, which provides a holistic way of fostering community and dialog where everyone is seen, heard, and treated equally.
We’ll discuss and experience:
How you can become a Peace Teacher
How to deepen relationships and trust through Mindfulness Circles
How mindfulness and brain science create a powerful foundation for social and emotional learning and for preventative Conflict Resolution
What student-centered, trauma-informed mindfulness teaching looks like in elementary school and how it can strengthen your ability to help your students
How to use singing, hip-hop, storytelling, and drama to teach mindfulness and SEL
How to meet the critical need for educator self-care and support
How this approach can create a more peaceful school community, even starting with one teacher and class at a time
This workshop will include self-care and self-compassion practices as well as the chance to dive into the Peace of Mind Curriculum. We’ll sing a little, do some skits, try some restorative practices and explore the transformative power of a whole-school, year-in, year-out mindfulness and SEL program that was made by teachers for teachers.
"Peace of Mind is an extraordinary curriculum, at once practical and visionary. The lessons are thoughtfully and meticulously scaffolded as the children are guided step-by-step into an understanding of how their brains work, how to interact with the world with kindness, and how to master themselves. In this age of anxiety, what could be more important or valuable than to teach children at an early age how to interpret and navigate their big emotions, calm themselves, and by extension, each other?" – Val C., Early Childhood Educator, June 2017
This six hour online course will help you gain a greater understanding of the phyisological and neurological effects of trauma, the relationship between trauma and behavior, and learn how yoga and mindfulness practices can support healing and boost protective factors.
This six hour experiential online course teaches simple and effective chair-based practices you can immediately bring to students, incorporating movement, breathing, mindfulness and relaxation.
Pure Edge Culture of Care Training
The Culture of Care training prepares educators to deliver breathing, mindful movement, and relaxation exercises in the classroom, and to train colleagues to do the same. With a little practice, the exercises are simple for educators to learn and share. Participants in the training will learn and be able to communicate how this approach promotes socioemotional learning (SEL) in the classroom.
The training includes a self-care practice for participants, as well as time for Q & A and practical implementation strategies. It is highly interactive and participants will practice teaching the exercises with colleagues. Participants will become familiar with the Pure Edge online resource library to support establishing a Culture of Care at their school site.
The training also explores the effect of stress on the field of education, and the importance of self-care for educators. It examines how breathing exercises and mindful movement improve the body’s stress response by discussing breath’s effect on the brain and the nervous system. Participants will experience a self-care practice designed to alleviate the effects of stress on the mind and body, and they will learn to implement Pure Edge’s Brain Breaks program. Participants will also practice teaching mindful movement sequences from the Pure Power Curriculum.
Russell is Director of Partnerships. His portfolio of work includes leading the mindfulness project in Milwuakee Public Schools and Ravenswood City School District’s Health & Wellness Demonstration Partnership with the Child Psychiatry Department of Stanford University. He was also director of the Ashtanga Yoga Program at Stanford University. He was formerly Vice President of Recruiting at Case Recruiters: the largest Urology recruitment firm in the country. He serves as a senior advisor on yoga and mindfulness to Sonima.com. He earned a B.F.A. in performance art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well as a Post Baccalaureate in painting. He is a Terra Fellow, and earned an M.F.A. in Painting from Mark Rothko’s School of Art at Brooklyn College. He is a certified Level II instructor from the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute of India.