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Patricia Jennings

Mindfulness for Teachers: The Science and Practice

What You'll Learn

  • Hear what’s new and exciting in the research around mindfulness in education and see how mindfulness-based curriculum supports initiatives such as social-emotional learning programs

  • Learn the 3 critical elements you need in mindfulness training and explore the research findings on how classroom mindfulness leads to better learning and student engagement

  • Follow along in a short practice you can do anywhere, at any time, alone or with your students, to cultivate calm and focus


Barnaby Spring

Breathing, Feeling, Healing

What You'll Learn

  • Learn the components of system-wide mindfulness in schools from the Director of Mindfulness in Education at the New York City Department of Education, and hear practical “north stars” to follow when developing your mindful education program

  • Understand the importance of leadership buy-in and a culturally responsive approach when introducing new programs and trainings into schools

  • Hear how practicing mindfulness together creates a space for colleagues to have an authentic dialogue around challenging systemic issues


Amishi Jha, PhD

The Science of Mindfulness and Attention

What You'll Learn

  • Learn the 3 main systems of attention, and hear how the strengths and vulnerabilities of each show up in the modern learning environment

  • Explore the common challenges to focused attention, and understand how mindfulness can be a consistent tool for combating them

  • Follow along in a mindful breathing exercise and learn how this and other mindfulness practices train each system of attention



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1,340 Comments

  1. Maria Alice Eichler October 23, 2019 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Hi, I’m Maria Alice, from Brazil but living in Spain. Just sharing with your that during the Summit we received a big NO for a project to implement Mindfulness at two different Schools in Alicante, after a very inspiring teachers training. Most of the teachers were very happy to have a formation in Mindfulness but the principals were not… so I want to thank you for this Summit, that happen at same time, as it gaves the inspiration and enthusiasm to continue our difficult work without all the support that exists in other countries. Thanks with all my heart!

  2. Sarah Hulbert George October 22, 2019 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Hi there! Sarah Hulbert George from Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. I’m a researcher and I’m looking forward to adding mindfulness and trauma-informed mindfulness into my work. This summit offered so much insight, wisdom, and practical advice. I’m so grateful that this was available.

  3. Véronique Burnier October 22, 2019 at 2:43 am - Reply

    From India in Dakpo Shelung Monastery for a retreat of Lam Rim, I would be delighted to listen more about your talks and experiences shared.

    I work with my own company in Europe, Luxembourg, in the field of professional training and Counseling to train anyone working in education for kids; using mindfulness for professional and personal efficiency.

    I also train or coach Managers or Chief executives with a similar process with the aim to better link attention and good heart for the benefit of fair business.

    Thanks to all.

  4. Véronique Burnier October 22, 2019 at 2:41 am - Reply

    From India in Dakpo Shelung Monastery for a retreat of Lam Rim, I would be delighted to listen more about your talks and experiences shared.

    I work with my own company in Europe, Luxembourg, in the field of professional training to train anyone working in education for kids; using mindfulness for professional and personal efficiency.
    I also train or coach Managers or Chief executives with a similar process with the aim to better link attention and good heart for the benefit of fair business.

    Thanks to all.

  5. Mary Trueman Paccard October 22, 2019 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Hello I’m Mary an English teacher and Montessori teacher in France. Learning mindfulness is my cup
    Of heaven especially when I open my own school. Thank you for your support and great initiative. 🙏♥️😇 our young ones will he great leaders

  6. Melissa Adylia Calasanz C-IAYT October 21, 2019 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Hello, I’m Melissa Adylia Calasanz C-IAYT, from Southern California.
    I am an IAYT-Certified Yoga Therapist (International Association of Yoga Therapist), Health Wellness Lifestyle & Movement Educator.
    I Created and teach a 12-Week Yoga Therapeutics for Chronic Back Pain, and teach Physician Wellness Mindful Movement Classes at Kaiser Permanente, SCPMG. I recently coached one of our physicians to lead a Mindfulness practice to be filmed for a Women in Medicine TEDTalk. There is so much interest now in mindfulness practices as a complimentary/integrative tool in clinical settings.
    I often get asked about teaching mindfulness to children or to teach in schools, but I have no experience working with children who are not aspiring professional dancers. I figured this would be a wonderful resource for me as well as for my clients, students, and colleagues.
    I will be sure to pass on quite a bit of this information and links to presenters bios.
    Thank you so much for making this information available.
    – Melissa Adylia Calasanz C-IAYT

  7. Winthrop Gilman October 21, 2019 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am a great advocate of Mindfulness as the backbone for joyful living. I believe that the practice should be taught preschool and incorporated in the lives of every child. Making the right decisions as an adolescent is the basis for a strong and healthy existence. We all search for wellbeing and herein lyes the answer. Peer pressure evaporated when attacked by a centered mind. The need for drugs becomes elective behavior if meditation enters the picture. Save the world by making Mindfullness education as Important to a child’s upbringing as religion. While.teaching Mindfulness parents benefit greatly more so then when reading scripture. I am interested in building affordable Lifestyle communities for people who have chosen this path. Please contact me if you have an interest in living a humble existence among the chosen disciples of Mindfulness as your Lifestyle. Let’s live the life and spread the word together.

  8. Marissa October 21, 2019 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Hi! My name is Marissa. I run a social enterprise called Centre Myself which takes a fun and holistic approach to increasing confidence and a sense of self worth in teenage girls. I have found it really interesting to hear how mindfulness is being applied at Senior leadership level in schools and also the tips for make mindfulness more accessible for young people.

  9. Cynthia Garcia October 21, 2019 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Hello! My name is Cynthia Garcia and I am from Las Cruces, NM. I have enjoyed reading about all the different topics that were presented. I am also grateful for the opportunity to learn and share with my community as an In Home Services provider!

  10. Valeira De Vitto October 21, 2019 at 9:05 am - Reply

    Hi, I am Valeria, I am from São Paulo, Brasil and I want to thank you all for the opportunity to listen to all participants. I really enjoyed beginning my day watching Rick Hanson and do some practices suggested by him. Thank you it was great!

  11. Roxy October 21, 2019 at 6:23 am - Reply

    I want to thank the organizers as well as everybody who has contributed to this summet. I enjpyed listening to the talks and the shared experiences. I am confident that a lot will come out of this for those of us who share the practice and the vision for bringing equity in our society to cultivating a more centered mankind and the sprouting of healthier frames of mind, thinking patterns and cultures on Mother Earth !! My heart and thoughts (and actions to the best of my ability) are with you all. Roxy

  12. Dan Wei October 21, 2019 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Hello Im Dan a Chinese Australian based in Melbourne. I’m very interested in mindful education especially dynamic meditation such as using art as a creative mean to practice mindfulness.

  13. Maren October 20, 2019 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    my name is Maren Torheim, I´m a nutritionist from Uruguay. I gifted this to my daughter María Pía who is a school teacher.
    Very happy to be in touch and learn how to use mindfulness for myself and others.
    Thanks for the effort!

  14. Jennifer October 20, 2019 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m Jennifer a homeschooling parent from Canada. I have a child with anxiety and am finding the content very helpful. I signed up late for the summit and missed the first couple of days. Will there be a replay of the content for a limited time at the end of the summit? Thanks!

  15. Jen October 20, 2019 at 6:29 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m Jen a homeschooling parent from Canada. I have a child with anxiety and am finding the content very helpful. I signed up late for the summit. Will there be a replay of the earlier videos? I’m dissapointed I missed out on them, but am happy to have watched the content I was able to. Great content and very helpful. Thank you so much!

  16. Sina zha October 20, 2019 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I’m from Toronto, amazing talks. I’m doing some mindfulness sessionse with parents and their young children, hope to plant some seeds .I will also make it part of my life, I will live mindfulness.

  17. Jean Watson October 20, 2019 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Loved hearing KristenNeff on day 3 and agree we need self compassion before the wider compassion
    Mindfulness training – MBCT/MBSR – 8 week mindfulness programs taught by a mindfulness practitioner who has a daily Mindfulness practice have self compassion Implicit in their courses and the Neff self compassion questionnaire indicates the development of self compassion during these programs. Compassion training does not have to be explicit and cognitive.
    I have developed a mindfulness and compassion program based on MBCT/MBSR for 3-9 year old children and have trained teachers in Australia and am just about to take the teacher training online so any one in the world can learn to teach the program to children.
    info@mindfulnessaustralia.net.au

  18. Lisa Brooks October 20, 2019 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Hello my name is Lisa I have a bachelor’s in education and I’m currently a registered dental hygienist. I am looking for ways to implement mindfulness into the dental curriculum so as to improve the lives of not just the dental professionals but ways in which that we can best meet the mental health needs of our patients to provide optimal care

  19. Gilda Belaval October 20, 2019 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Hello, I am Gilda Belaval, a School Psychologist, Mental Health Consultant at Early/Head Start Program in Caguas, Puerto Rico. I would like to obtain knowledge and strategies to use in my personal and work spaces, as in same manners, all people around me benefits of it.

  20. Thilaka Sritharan October 20, 2019 at 6:33 am - Reply

    I am Thilaka Sritharan a second grade teacher in Coral Springs FL. My daughter is an MSD survivor and so I attended the Center for Mind-Body Medicine training offered to Broward County teachers this summer to learn tool to deal with stress and be able to help my daughter and our family. I am now running mind body skills groups with the aftercare kids in my school and incorporating mindful skills into my daily classroom routines to try and bring these coping tools to the next generation of kids growing up.

    • Alice Dow October 20, 2019 at 6:53 am - Reply

      Hi, I am Alice Dow, a Sound Therapist. I am very interested in knowing more about bringing Mindfulness into classrooms. I live in Brooklyn, NY and I have been working on a pilot program at the Brooklyn High School of the Arts, a wonderful experience. I would like to reach out to the practitioners working in the NYC DEO. Please feel free to see my website and reach out. I am very touched and impressed by what i am seeing in this course.

  21. DyLynn Robertson October 20, 2019 at 6:29 am - Reply

    DyLynn from PDX, Oregon, Cascadia;
    Early Childhood Education and self-care that keeps me in the game of helping others!

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