Kathy Flynn-Somerville, EdD

Classroom Mindfulness in Action

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn how Kathy is implementing mindfulness programming throughout her district of 50+ schools, and hear about the students feedback

  • Understand the ground-level challenges of introducing mindfulness to public schools, and hear practical advice for overcoming them

  • Take away a short and simple guided practice that you can use today to help you and your students pause and arrive in the classroom

About Kathy Flynn-Somerville, EdD

Dr. Kathy Flynn-Somerville is a seasoned, "In-the-Trenches" teacher, currently enlisted as a Teacher on Special Assignment. Her mission is to systematically transform an urban school district into one of more compassion. Dr. Flynn-Somerville works throughout all classrooms, K-12, and delivers professional learning, including Social and Emotional Learning with an emphasis on Mindfulness, to transform educational experiences of the students, staff, community, and beyond. Kathy lives in Pittsburgh with her wonderful husband, Joe, and their dog, Colby. She hosts a live stream Global Mindfulness Practice for the Community, which you can join for free on Sunday evenings from 8PM - 8:30PM EST using this link to tune into the free call:

About 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.

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  1. Joan Tetrault October 20, 2019 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Loved hearing from another public school educator about what is possible! Many of us are out here doing this important work with you. We are sharing mindfulness in big and small ways, and you are so right about the power of the ripple effect. Thank you for your insights and your courage on behalf of our school communities!

  2. Sue October 20, 2019 at 10:35 am - Reply

    When offering a whole organisational approach and you wish for all teachers/staff to be on board, do you invite them all and for those who are not interested keep the invitation open but no obligation. I guess thats all one can do.

  3. Sue October 20, 2019 at 10:21 am - Reply

    Thank you. This is part of my goal. Do you think by collaborating we can reach more people? ah you just asked my question! I feel the same, as one person we can do so much but thogether we could create greater change

  4. Valerie Kelly October 20, 2019 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Dr. Somerville, thank you! We can maintain the wave of positive movement, for all district participants. We work with community, parents, educators, community resources, and last but not least,children pre-K through 12. We are a committed network of educators and social workers. Glad to know this is taking hold! We have to be the change if we want it to change.

  5. Kathy Goodman Zappia October 20, 2019 at 8:50 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your “process” and advocacy for bringing mindfulness into schools. Loved hearing your data and the student responses. It seems to me something much bigger than a “ripple” effect is occurring! Amazing work Kathy F-S!

  6. Irene Kenison October 20, 2019 at 12:26 am - Reply

    Thank you for persistent and determined effort at building relationships and being visible to all stakeholders in order to make this important work happen.

  7. Andrew October 19, 2019 at 9:12 am - Reply

    An informative webinar with plenty of practical advice – something missing from one or two others I’ve watched. Thank you Dr Flynn-Somerville.

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