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
About Barnaby Spring
Barnaby Spring was born in Arizona. He graduated from Cornell University's College Scholar Honors Program in 1983. In the mid-90’s Barnaby became a teacher in the New York City Department of Education teaching adolescent and adult women incarcerated on Rikers Island. He has been a dean of students, a principal, a school leader advisor and is now tremendously grateful to be a Student Services Director in the Office of the First Deputy Chancellor whose workflow includes being the Director of Mindfulness in Education in the NYCDOE. He is inspired by the NYCDOE Chancellor’s vision for Advancing Equity Now in the NYCDOE. He is an artist/actor currently appearing in the recent film The Rainbow Experiment by independent film-maker Christina Kallas. He is also developing a multi-media project called "Doctor Chango Partlow's Traveling Medicine Show". He is even more honored and grateful to be married to NYCDOE long-time educator, Rachel Masters, and to be the proud father of Eli Spring, a student in the NYCDOE, attending Edward R. Murrow High School.
About Chris McKenna
Chris McKenna is the Education Program Officer at Mindful.org. Previously, he was the Program Director of Mindful Schools, a leading organization integrating mindfulness into education and youth mental health. He also served as Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project, a nonprofit that pioneered the development of mindfulness-based interventions for high-risk adolescents with complex trauma. He currently lives with his family in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia where he offers intensives and retreats with his wife Megan Cowan at www.risingfalling.co.