Creating a Mindful Culture
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What You'll Learn
Hear how the water crisis in Flint, Michigan set the stage for mindfulness to have huge impacts on students, schools, families, and the entire community
Learn the steps that Doyle-Ryder Elementary took to introduce mindfulness school-wide, and learn how it’s empowered students to stay calm and take responsibility for themselves
Understand the importance of creating a mindful environment over just “doing mindfulness”
About Kevelin Jones
Kevelin B. Jones II has been an educator and motivational speaker for 15 years. With a master’s degree in educational leadership, he’s served in the capacity of principal for the past 8 years. As an educator, he’s been a part of two turn around schools who’ve made great strides in literacy and math, also highlighted in the Detroit free press for outstanding reading gains. He's recently received an award of achievement called the “Putting Students First Award” from Flint Community Schools, and believes nothing is more important as a leader than building relational capacity with colleagues, parents, and scholars.As a leader, Kevelin states often, “My goal is OUR success!” He’s happily married to his wife of 19 years, Tanisha, and blessed to have three gifted children, Alicea, Kevelin III, and Charles. As a musician for over 30 years with an undergraduate degree in Music Performing Arts, he’s also produced and recorded 5 gospel albums to date along with playing piano behind many well known artist.
Kevelin and Doyle Ryder Elementary School work with Crim Fitness Foundation to bring mindfulness curriculum to students. To learn more about the organization you can visit their website here.
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.