About Us 2018-10-23T19:12:50+00:00

Mindful Education Summit Mission

Our mission is to bring together the rapidly-growing community of mindful educators to learn, collaborate and support each other in bringing mindfulness and compassion into the lives of children and young people.

The Awake Network and Mindful have partnered to create the Mindful Education Summit, a FREE online event featuring 25+ leading neuroscience researchers, mindfulness experts and dedicated educators who are making a difference in their communities. Whether you are a teacher, administrator, parent, or professional working with children, this event will share the latest research and best practices for introducing mindfulness into your classroom or home.

The Awake Network specializes in curated online events that truly impact your life. Every year we put our energy into a few quality online conferences on topics that matter. We provide talks about what you want to know about mindfulness, meditation and living a good life.

Mindful is a mission-driven non-profit dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness—to enjoy better health, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society. Mindful is the voice of the emerging mindfulness community. We’re the place to go for insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully. From our flagship bi-monthly Mindful magazine and mindful.org to our conferences and collaborations, our activities support people seeking to learn more as well as those leaders working to bring genuine mindfulness practices into the mainstream.

Rona Wilensky, PhD

Rona Wilensky is Director of Mindfulness Programs at PassageWorks Institute where she teaches SMART in Education, a mindfulness program for educators. From 1992- 2009 she was founding principal of New Vista High School, an innovative public high school of choice in Boulder, Colorado. She is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and was member of the Leadership Council of the Garrison Institute’s Initiative on Contemplative Teaching and Learning. Rona holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and taught that subject at Williams College and the University of Denver in the early 1980’s.

Check out Rona's work at PassageWorks.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT

Daniel Rechtschaffen, Marriage and Family Therapist, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education, The Mindful Education Workbook, and Alphabreaths. He is the founding director of Transformative Educational Leadership, a year-long training for educational leaders to integrate mindfulness-based social and emotional learning into school systems worldwide, and organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute. Daniel offers keynote speeches and mindfulness trainings at conferences, schools, and communities around the globe and teaches mindfulness through music, sports, storytelling, games and other creative and engaging ways. He is the founder of the Mindful Education Online Training.

Leanr more about Daniel at his website, and check out Mindful Education and Transformative Educational Leadership.

Dzung Vo MD

Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada. He co-developed (with Dr. Jake Locke at BC Children’s Hospital) a mindfulness training program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. Dr. Vo also developed a Mindful Healing course for health care providers, adapted from Mindful Practice (Ron Epstein and Michael Krasner) and other sources. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time (New Harbinger, 2015). Dr. Vo also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN).

Learn more about Dzung and his work at http://mindfulnessforteens.com.

Kaleigh Isaacs

Kaleigh is the Founder of The Awake Network and producer of the Mindful Education Summit. She aspires to create a platform that encourages collaboration and allows people around the world to access wisdom teachings for free.

This collaborative event is made possible by the support of our extraordinary partners.

Scholarships for this summit have been made available by our generous sponsors.