Summit Schedule 2018-10-26T11:44:03+00:00

DAY 1: Calm

Wednesday, October 17

The Science of Mindfulness

Richard Davidson, PhD

  • Learn about the 4 scientific insights providing a framework for the mental and physical benefits of a mindfulness practice
  • Understand the 4 critical elements of wellbeing and why they are so important
  • Learn why establishing a mindfulness practice can be so challenging with the demands of life, and hear concrete tips on how to set yourself up for success

Mindful Movement: How to Bring Embodied Practices to Kids and Youth

Crystal McCreary

  • Hear first hand experiences about how to manage the classroom with mindfulness and movement
  • Learn how to have a mindful approach to being with yourselves and working with diverse populations
  • Follow along in a heartfelt guided movement practice to take in a sense of embodiment

Mindful Teacher, Mindful Student

Patricia Jennings, PhD

  • Understand the two reasons why your own mindfulness practice is the best tool in the classroom, and gain tools to start or strengthen your personal practice
  • Explore the two ways that kids react to trauma, and learn tools that you can use to help them self-regulate
  • Follow along in a breath-awareness practice that you can teach to your students today

Detention into Meditation: A Dialogue with the Founders of Holistic Life Foundation

Andres Gonzalez, Ali Smith, and Atman Smith

  • See how the Holistic Life Foundation is successfully teaching mindfulness to more than 10,000 students in the Baltimore area
  • Discover how students who cultivate mindfulness can affect their communities in big ways
  • Go past the idea of love and learn why its' embodiment is the greatest tool for teaching mindfulness

Working with Stress and Healing Trauma

Peter Levine, PhD

  • Hear from one of the forefront researchers on stress and trauma and how we can apply what we know about trauma into mindfulness in the classroom
  • Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of extreme stress before it reaches a breaking point
  • Follow along in a self-regulation practice to help you work with students in stressful situations

DAY 2: Attention

Thursday, October 18

Mindsight for the Classroom

Dan Siegel, PhD

  • Learn about the 3 pillars of mind training that can create well-being in our lives, reduce stress, and improve promote health
  • Discover practical strategies for developing mindsight in children using the three R’s
  • Move beyond test results, and learn how to foster strength and resilience in the minds of our children

Creating Healing-Centered Schools

Wendy Baron MA

  • Learn about the effects of stress for teachers and students and how toxic or traumatic stress can be eased through schools focused on cultivating healthy minds, bodies, emotions, and relationships
  • Explore ways to integrate healing practices such as mindfulness, yoga, and restorative practices into day-to-day engagement with students
  • Discover how we might build equitable systems of support for teachers and students to strengthen emotional growth, physical wellbeing, and ensure academic success for all

What Mindfulness Has to Offer You

Rick Hanson, PhD

  • Explore about the major challenges to sustaining attention in children and how to overcome them
  • Discover positive neuroplasticty and what it means to re-wire your brain and make mindfulness a lasting trait
  • Learn the 3 inherent features of mindfulness and the implications for the classroom and your well-being

The 5 Myths of Bringing Mindfulness into Schools

Laura Bakosh, PhD & Mark Sikora M.Ed

  • Learn the 5 major myths to dispel around mindfulness in education
  • Discover what school wide mindfulness programming can look like and hear from one school’s journey of bringing mindfulness to their students
  • Hear from a teacher and student perspective on their experience of getting started with mindfulness in the classroom

DAY 3: Resilience

Friday, October 19

Leading with Mindfulness

Daniel Goleman, PhD

  • Discover what social emotional learning has to do with authentic leadership
  • Understand how to move from mindfulness for yourself towards sharing mindfulness with your community
  • Learn how to utilize mindfulness to be an effective in your school

Embodied Resilience

Leslie Booker

  • Hear firsthand experiences of how Booker works with the challenges and obstacles of bringing mindfulness to system-involved youth
  • Explore how to integrate embodiment practices into work with at-risk youth
  • Dive into several embodiment practices and tips to help you and those you teach to prepare for mindfulness practice

Creating Resilient Students and Systemic Change

Mark Greenberg, PhD

  • Understand the practice of resilience, and how critical it is to model it in your own life so children can learn
  • Consider the importance and power of mindfulness on both a system-wide level and a personal level in the field of education
  • Explore the requirements and challenges of implementing system-wide mindfulness programs through examples of successful mindfulness-based interventions

Integrating Social Emotional Learning and Mindfulness at a District Level

Meena Srinivasan MA

  • See an example of a school district that is shifting focus to the "whole child" approach with communities of practice and social-emotional learning
  • Discover the 4 elements of fostering social-emotional learning, and how they complement mindfulness
  • Learn the 3 Signature SEL Practices, concrete strategies that you can use to seamlessly integrate social-emotional learning into your own classroom

DAY 4: Compassion

Saturday, October 20

Self-Compassion for You and Your Kids

Kristin Neff, PhD

  • Discover why mindfulness is not the last step, and why we also need self-compassion and connection to start transforming our classrooms, homes, and communities in meaningful ways
  • Learn the difference between self-esteem and self-compassion, and why it is essential to understand when passing this on to kids and adolescents
  • Follow along in a guided practice to help you experience self-compassion

Born to Be Good: The Science of a Meaningful Life

Dacher Keltner, PhD

  • Learn what our "Born to be Good" tendencies are, and follow along in a practice to cultivate them in your own life
  • Consider the 3 aspects of a meaningful life and hear examples of practices that you can use to help your students find awe and meaning
  • Hear 3 tips on how to stay inspired, and understand the importance of self-care in making your efforts to bring mindfulness into your classroom last

Say What You Mean: A Mindful Approach to Nonviolent Communication

Oren Jay Sofer

  • Learn the elements of nonviolent communication, and why mindfulness is such an essential and valuable component of interpersonal relationships and education
  • See examples of how you can use nonviolent communication in the classroom, and follow along in a guided practice to hone your communication skills by reflecting on your own needs
  • Hear tips on how to communicate with others who might be challenging to interact with and learn how to react in line with your values

Leading by Example and Looking at Equity in Schools

Vivian Elliot, PhD

  • Explore the benefits of having a daily mindfulness practice and how it can help your work in the world
  • Discover how mindfulness can not only prepare you to be your best self, but can also help you to bring out the best in your colleagues and students
  • Hear candid discussion about racial bias, what we can do about it, and how we can continue the conversation around it in schools

Breaking the Cycle of Bullying with Mindfulness

Amy Saltzman M.D.

  • Learn how mindfulness can create an environment where kids feel seen, heard, and connected and how that helps break the cycle of bullying
  • Discover how to respond rather than react to your emotions and teach kids to do the same
  • Learn the challenges of mindfulness in schools and what it takes to be ready to teach mindfulness

DAY 5: Cultural Transformation

Sunday, October 21

How to Create a Culture of Mindfulness

Stefanie Goldstein, PhD & Elisha Goldstein, PhD

  • Discover how you can shape better communication between you and your kids by sharing the same “language” of mindfulness
  • Hear practical tips on how to bring mindfulness to your own family and small practices to do each day with your kids
  • Learn some practical strategies to introducing mindfulness from a trauma informed perspective

Developing Your Capacity for Cultural Responsiveness

Barb Catbagan M.Ed

  • Learn how to stretch beyond your own experiences to be the best resource for the kids you work with
  • Go beyond the culture of shame and blame, and learn how to to shape an environment that is a safe, compassionate space for kids and adolescents
  • Explore mindfulness tips and breath practices to help you work with strong, triggered emotions and regain perspective

Mindful Games: Fun Ways to Share Mindfulness with your Kids

Susan Kaiser Greenland JD

  • Learn 5 life skills that can be cultivated in kids through mindful play
  • Discover how mindfulness can be delivered in a way that integrates with what you’re already doing in your home or classroom
  • Explore several mindful games you can start with your kids and students right now

Mindfulness for Everyone: Bridging Research with Practice in Diverse Populations

Rose Pavlov

  • Hear about Rose's passion and work as the CEO of Ivy Child, an organization making research and mindfulness programs accessible to diverse populations from "the ivory tower to main street" and everywhere in between through culturally sensitive meditation, movement, music, art, and life skills
  • Understand the importance of equity in mindfulness education in the school system so that students and staff from all walks of life can have opportunities to learn, grow, and make big impacts on their communities
  • Follow along in a simple mindfulness practice that can be taught to adults and children alike to notice, breath, allow, and take positive action

Resilient Futures: Shaping Schools with a Trauma‑Informed Approach

Eleonora Cahill, PhD

  • Learn how we can properly incorporate mindfulness into trauma informed schooling
  • Understand what it looks like to respond appropriately to triggered students in the classroom
  • Explore strategies for working with equity issues in the school system


5 Day 5-minute Mindfulness Challenge with Daniel Rechtschaffen

Practice Challenge 1: Be Present in Your Body

Tune into the body and begin today with a sense of presence and relaxation

Practice Challenge 2: Anchor Yourself to the Breath

Hone your focus and minimize distractions right now by beginning with the breath

Practice Challenge 3: Befriend Your Emotions

Bring awareness and understanding to difficult emotions – starting now

Practice Challenge 4: Feel Cared About

Receive care and compassion right now, right where you are

Practice Challenge 5: Connect to Your World

Stop and see – where are you in this moment?