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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

Introduce yourself below!


  1. Berenice Sansone October 19, 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Hello, I am an Licensed Occupational therapist and a certified yoga therapist from Memphis, TN. I work with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, as well as adults recovering from addictions. I use mindfulness with all my clients whenever is appropriate. This summit is what I expected and more. I have followed Dr. Hansen’s work for quite some time now, and have a great admiration for his teachings and great abilities to educate on how neuroscience works. Very grateful for this summit.

    • Jill Holland October 20, 2019 at 5:01 am - Reply

      Hi Berenice, I too am an Occupational Therapist, E-RYT and RCYT from Sullivan County, NY. I work with students 4-21 in a special education school. I use yoga and mindfulness daily with my students. I also have really enjoyed this summit and have started implementing some of the tools.

      • Berenice Sansone October 20, 2019 at 5:19 pm - Reply

        Hi Jill! I’m glad you are enjoying the summit. The beauty of this events is that, they can bring people together. Will be happy to connect with you in social media if you are inclined to it. Namaste!

  2. Rita Lamprelli October 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Hello to everyone from Greece. I am a kindergarten teacher and a mom and I am really looking forward to discovering new tools and developing a new attitude towards life and its challenges.

  3. Genie Albrecht October 19, 2019 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Hi – I’m Genie from Windhoek, Namibia. I am the primary school art teacher at the Windhoek International School. In my spare time, I do pottery in my studio and also teach pottery to students from 6-18 over certain weekends.
    These sessions have been very interesting and I look forward to using some of the techniques in my art and pottery classes – art and mindfulness go so well together! Thank you for sharing all your ideas, techniques and philosophies.

  4. Tracy Heilers October 19, 2019 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Hi! My name is Tracy Heilers and I’m Executive Director of Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully. We are a grassroots nonprofit led by passionate educators and offer free in-person mindfulness mentorship through our state and local chapters. We also have an annual conference near Chicago with over 50 sessions and workshops, diving deeper into ways mindfulness is being brought into schools. We record the sessions for viewing in our online Mindful Educator Academy. Learn more at

  5. Michelle October 19, 2019 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Hi everyone,

    My name is Michelle and I live in Chandler, AZ. I am an MSW student at ASU. I’m currently doing my internship at a Middle School and am interested in learning how to incorporate mindfulness into my work with children. Thank you for this opportunity. Blessings.

  6. Janet Burton October 19, 2019 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I’m Janet Burton from San Diego CA and I teach 4th grade at Darnall Charter School. I am interested in bringing mindfulness to my students as a way to increase their focus on learning and improve their relationships with peers. I look forward to learning from all the guest speakers.

  7. Sona October 19, 2019 at 3:32 am - Reply

    Hi All,
    I am Sona from India, and I live in Singapore. I have been practicing mindfulness for two years now. I am a practicing counsellor and I use mindfulness techniques and seven attitudes a lot with my clients. Looking forward to new learnings.

    • Angela Biancofiore October 20, 2019 at 1:50 am - Reply

      I am Angela Biancofiore professor at university of montpellier France
      I organized a conference on theories and practices of care in education and I would like to introduce social emotional learning in education
      Thank you for organizing this wonderful summit! 😊

  8. Michael Bouchard October 18, 2019 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Hello everyone,
    I work with a group of educators, counsellors, and business people from around the world. We are forming an organization called Conscious Classrooms to support this kind of work around the world. I am so excited that so many people are coming together to further our practice, knowledge and awareness in this area. Very inspiring!
    Deep gratitude for the people in the Awake Network!

  9. Suzan October 18, 2019 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I am a primary (elementary) school teacher in Fremantle, on the west coast of Australia.

  10. Tori October 18, 2019 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Hi my name is Tori from Boynton Beach, FL. I have recently started practicing mindfulness in my own life but I am also looking for information and resources to share with our k-8 students , parents and staff. This summit looks amazing and I look forward to learning new information and connecting with others!

  11. Tamara October 18, 2019 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Hello everyone
    My name is Tamara. I’m from Amman Jordan. I teach KG2 and just started doing mindfulness it my classroom. I would love to learn different mindfulness activities that I can implement in the classroom

  12. Kay October 18, 2019 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Hi I’m Kay – a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Central Florida. I use a LOT of mindfulness tools for my clients especially those with anxiety disorders. I’m very grateful for this summit. My primary focus in practice is couples and families, survivors of childhood trauma, and adults in transition. Due to my work with families, I occasionally work with adolescents who are struggling with family challenges. In addition, I hold two groups – Anxiety Support and Recovery from Childhood Family Dysfunction (using the concepts of Adult Children of Alcoholics).

  13. Valerie Hamilton October 18, 2019 at 1:26 pm - Reply

    Hello. I’m Val from southern California. I’m a veteran teacher with 30 years experience in the classroom. Over the years I felt I was suffering from compassion fatigue, and started looking into mindfulness as a tool for my students. What I have found in the last 3 years that I have been practicing, is that I benefit from mindfulness at least as much as my students. Being mindful makes me a better teacher and a happier human. I continue to look for ways to learn and brow in my personal practice, and ways to share with my students to benefit their school and personal lives.

  14. Franca October 18, 2019 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Hi Everyone,
    I’m listening from Toronto. So happy to be part of this community and to listen to and be a part of these important conversations!

  15. Franca October 18, 2019 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Hi Everyone,
    So happy to be part of this community and to listen to and be a part of these important conversations!

  16. MELANIE PRIMEAU October 18, 2019 at 11:33 am - Reply

    My name is Mélanie, I’m from Montreal, Canada and a yoga teacher. I do work with kids in schools.

  17. Rehana Parveen October 18, 2019 at 7:31 am - Reply

    Hi, I am from Bangladesh, working as an ECD specialist for 400 day-care centers. I want to introduce mindfulness practice in the centers for children as well as caregivers. I have encountered some challenges with caregivers’ emotional behaviors with children. This is so important to regulate children behavior.

  18. Melissa October 18, 2019 at 7:18 am - Reply

    I am a teacher at a private school in Florida. Our school has been exploring the benefits of mindfulness for the last few years. I look forward to learning as much as I can about it!

  19. Thais Guedes Georgini October 18, 2019 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Hi from Brazil! I’m mindfulness teacher and I have a Meditation on Public School project.

    • regina messer October 18, 2019 at 12:02 pm - Reply

      Oi Thais, vc é de qual estado no Brasil? Estou no Rio e tb tenho interesse em colocar meditaçao em escolas publicas.

  20. Ruth October 18, 2019 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Hi everybody, I am Ruth from Switzerland. I am practicing Mindfulness for more than 20 years and use it also in my classroom. Last year i wrote a childrenbook in German (“BINJA-meine achtsame Reise durch die Welt der Gefühle” to encourage children to speak about their emotions and to show them a mindful way how to deal with them.
    So I appreciate this great possibility with this summit – to learn from so many experts!
    Thany you!

  21. Jane Laithwaite October 17, 2019 at 7:50 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am Jane from Kamloops, BC
    I am trying to watch today’s sessions but they are not ‘live’ for me.
    Is anyone else having difficulty?

    • Hannah Carlton October 18, 2019 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Hi Jane, are you still having trouble accessing the videos? Best, Hannah @ The Awake Network

  22. Nadine October 17, 2019 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Hi all,

    I am a homeschooler in Yukon Territory, Canada. Thank you for these amazing conversations. They are very interesting and helpful!

  23. Anders Bronwen October 17, 2019 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    My name is Bronwen from Dept of Pediatrics at UCSD. Would like to have Mindfullness Practice become a part of my everyday. I find it hard to leave my active practice and to be a good listening member of my family nd community as I try to slow down and center.

  24. Rasheida Ross October 17, 2019 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    My name is Rasheida from Atlanta, Ga and I am thinking about doing my dissertation on Mindful practices.

  25. Lynn October 17, 2019 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Hello, Lynn from Newark, Delaware. I have been part of the Mindful School following for the last five years. I support an ongoing practice of Mindful students in our middle school studio. I’m always looking to deepen my practice, learn new skills, and connect with like minded educators and community support groups.

    • Pam October 17, 2019 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Pam here from Denver COI’m a social emotional learning specialist at a highly impacted elementary school. I’m very interested in trauma and mindfulness.

  26. Sheri Glawe October 17, 2019 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    HI! I’m Sheri Glawe – an elementary success coach in Northeast Iowa.
    I’ve been able to teach some mindfulness in the elementary classrooms and many of our teachers are experimenting with their students with positive results. I’d like to get every teacher to us mindfulness in the daily morning meetings or at some point in their day. It’s so great in re-wiring the brains of children in helping them cope and problem solve in positive ways!
    Thank-you so much for this opportunity!!!!!

  27. Darin Johnston October 17, 2019 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    Hello to all,

    My name is Darin and I’m from northeast Iowa (midsection of the United States). I’ve been working on my own mindfulness with some success for a while now, and have joined’s “Calm Schools Initiative”. I try to use mindfulness techniques in my classroom at least three times a week and some success. I’m always looking for resources for teachers in my building, so I thought I’d give this a shot! 🙂

  28. Jean Marie Robbins October 17, 2019 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Hello All, I’m Jean Marie, just retired 8/31/19 from an elementary school. I’ve had a personal meditation practice for the past 5 years or so. A couple of years ago, the Music and PE teachers and I initiated a pilot called: Music, Movement, Mindfulness for the 3 to 5 year-olds. Young children were surprisingly attentive and willing – we worked our way up to 5 minute sittings. Many remembered the mindfulness pose and some of the exercises a year after the pilot ended. Teachers weren’t particularly on board, so we let it go.

    Thanks Dr. Jennings for sharing your research and practice for kids!

  29. Cate Bourke October 17, 2019 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Hi, Cate here from Connecticut, USA. I am a human services trainer looking forward to training human services staff who work with folks with disabilities to become more mindful in their professional and personal lives. Best to all.

  30. Zartaj October 17, 2019 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    Hello! Zartaj here from Pakistan. I am a social worker.

  31. asmaa October 17, 2019 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    greetings, my name is Asmaa, I’m an author for children stories and a researcher in the field of education. I ‘d like to administer different approaches, techniques and styles for education. I’m looking forward getting benefits of this event in my research and writing journey.
    thanks in advance.

  32. Jamie October 17, 2019 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Greetings~ Integrated/integrating mindfulness throughout my life …its a continual flow and process! Working on research and looking at applications with eating disorder recovery process.

  33. Alexandra Julson October 17, 2019 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I am new at this and would like more information on youth and daily practices that can incorporated in my life. I was referred to this site by facilitator for Mindfulness.

  34. Sharon Kendrick October 17, 2019 at 11:17 am - Reply

    Good afternoon everyone. My name is Sharon Kendrick, they call me (Cricket) I am new to the mindfulness courses and I have learned so much, with so much more to learn. I work full time and I am a full time student in college working for my Bachelors Degree. My passion is children that are at risk. I work with students one on one and in the class rooms.
    You all have an awesome day.

  35. Leota October 17, 2019 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Thank you for posting all of these free mindful moments. I live in Manitoba Canada and took a Mindfulness course a few years back at the University. The social worker had been trained by Dr. Jon-Kabat Zinn and we followed his program for 8 weeks. I wish there was someway to connect with others though as it is great to have the continual support. So I am very grateful for this online course. We try to use mindfulness with our grandson and wish they would implement this in our schools. I am a former teacher and think this would be so beneficial. Again thank you for reaching out to so many people!

  36. Sharla Hart October 17, 2019 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Sharla from Utah. I work with student teachers. I’d like to incorporate mindfulness and stress management into the student teaching seminar.

  37. Myriam October 17, 2019 at 10:14 am - Reply

    My name is Myriam from Ontario, Canada. I work as a social worker in a french school board. Very interested in gaining some new knowledge and ressources to support our schools increasingly interested in adding mindfulness practices to their daily routines.

  38. Shannon Gray October 17, 2019 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Hi, I am Shannon Gray from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. I have been interested in learning more about Mindfulness and it’s benefits for about 5 years now. I work with individuals who have intellectual disabilities and help connect people to services and support. I also lead a group for those who have dual diagnosis in which I incorporate mindfulness practices. I have studied the connection between social and emotional learning and executive functioning but found little research that was specific to this relationship for children with intellectual disabilities. I would be very excited to learn about research that correlates social and emotional learning supported by mindfulness training to the specific executive functions of attention, inhibitory control, and working memory.
    Thank you for offering this summit. This information would be difficult for me to access otherwise.

  39. Douaa Magdy October 17, 2019 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I’m a homeschooling mom from Egypt, A Montessori guide, Blogger and Author in the field of Children education.
    I’ve read a book named ‘Montessori and mindfullness’, and since then I’ve been captured by that idea.
    I wish by the end of this summit I gain a powerful tools to implement it with my kids and trainees.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  40. Chelsea Bellville October 17, 2019 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Chelsea Wisconsin School Social Worker

  41. Angela Cattat October 17, 2019 at 9:16 am - Reply

    I am a School Counselor in a Suburban district in New York State. My district is focusing on mindfulness/mindfulness practices. I am interested in learning more and how to approach trauma that may surface through these practices for our youth.

    • Samar Sami October 17, 2019 at 9:36 am - Reply

      I’m a mother of two boys and I attend a child mindfulness class couple of times and I liked it so much so I’m hoping by attention this summit I will be able to apply it with my boys

  42. Angela October 17, 2019 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I am a School Counselor in a Suburban district in New York State. My district is focusing on mindfulness/mindfulness practices. I am interested in learning more and how to approach trauma that may surface through these practices for our youth.

  43. Anita Benson October 17, 2019 at 8:58 am - Reply

    I am a couselor at a small private school in South Florida. I am excited to bring mindfulness to our school.

  44. Annette October 17, 2019 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Hello group!
    I am a school social worker employed with Milwaukee Public Schools. Our district has embraced the mindfulness practice several years ago with our students. It has given them and us many many tools to use with our students, many of which experience trauma.

  45. G Marcus October 17, 2019 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Good Morning, integrating mindfulness and emotional heath practices into my home school and child care, always interested in obtaining additional knowledge.

  46. Reynae Pierce October 17, 2019 at 7:24 am - Reply

    My name is Reynae Pierce. I teach high school Geometry in Carmel, IN. Our high school has put an emphasis the last few years on mindfulness with the increase of anxiety and depression in adolescents. I am a new mom, as well, and I am trying to practice mindfulness for myself and model it for my son. I am most looking forward to gaining more confidence in practicing and modeling mindfulness, as well as collecting more tools and activities to share with colleagues.

  47. Steven D. Flores October 17, 2019 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Aloha, My name is Steven.
    Mindfulness has be integrated into my Lifestyle, progress.

  48. genevieve October 17, 2019 at 6:51 am - Reply

    Bonjour à tous,

    It is efficient to find tools of course. Yet the presence of a person here a teacher is going to bring the temperature of the classroom..; There are subtile interactions between human beings. Kids are either litterally “drinking” the atmosphere or rejecting it… How can we reach the middle way? There is no magic element.
    Consciously teachers have constantly in mind to ” give in” or let go to whatever is there. Is is not a strategy . It requires constant mindfulness.
    Yet teachers or any caregiver is constantly asked to give. After a while maybe give them sources of “receiving” if they are not contemplative?
    Thank you by the way for this wonderful time given to think about our pratices with our habitual patterns:)
    Bien à vous.

    • Myriam October 17, 2019 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Dans quelle région travaillez-vous? Avez-vous des ressources en français dans votre milieu?
      intervenante en milieu scolaire

      • MELANIE PRIMEAU October 18, 2019 at 11:35 am - Reply

        Je serais aussi intéressé à des ressources en Français!

  49. Cecilia Cabrera October 17, 2019 at 6:16 am - Reply

    Hi, I am Cecilia from Uruguay. I am a EFL teacher and Currently working as Educational Consultant, and Teacher educator. I look forward to acquiring more tools to help teachers and therefore, learners.

  50. Bruce Gunn October 17, 2019 at 6:08 am - Reply

    Hi All,

    My name is Bruce from Glasgow, Scotland, UK. I have been practicing Mindfulness for 7 years & also run a social enterprise for people with disabilities. ( I try to live my life compassionately & instil positive emotions/behaviours in my daily interactions with all 🙂

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