Kevelin Jones

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.

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  1. Jadranka Foster October 18, 2019 at 11:27 am - Reply

    What an amazing and inspirational example to follow. Thank you. You are a hero Mr Jones.

  2. Jadranka Foster October 18, 2019 at 11:23 am - Reply

    What an amazing inspirational example to learn from and follow. So impressive. Keep it up and spread it out. You are a hero Mr Jones.

  3. Alexandra Medina October 18, 2019 at 8:14 am - Reply

    Love to see more of these practices across all schools.

    Thank you!

  4. Bara SB October 18, 2019 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Also big thanks for sharing this empowering story! You are doing a great job. Greetings from Austria

  5. anne costaras October 18, 2019 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Such an honour and priviledge to hear this Principal Jones. With love and light from South Africa. We too sit with similar issues as you were discussing. Hands to heart many more schools can follow this wise way of living, fully present, right here and right now.

  6. Karyn Dobson October 18, 2019 at 4:39 am - Reply

    What a truly amazing Principal, would love to work with someone like Kevelin. Thank you, keep up the great work.

  7. genevieve October 18, 2019 at 2:29 am - Reply

    Bonjour à tous,

    Could this video be presented on TV? It is positive and could inspire so many people who are looking for solutions in their own times of crisis.
    Thank you and good luck for Mr Jones, staff and children, Flint city and all the people living there. Not forgetting water…

  8. Izzi Showell October 18, 2019 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Very Awesome Stuff! Thank you!

  9. Kathy George October 17, 2019 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    I really like the “invitation” to mindfulness approach vs another training–much more effective!!!

  10. FRANCIA ESPINOSA October 17, 2019 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Mr. Jones. Your presentation is very inspiring.

  11. Ana Cristina Perez October 17, 2019 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    A very interesting and powerful work Mr. Jones has done,congratulations.

    Also, I Find Rona as a Hostess great. Thank you.

  12. Angelina October 17, 2019 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    I Love this! I was touched when Mr. Jones explained how he works mindfulness into every aspect of the school experience, including reaching out to parents. Taking 20 seconds of silence to gather thoughts before a meeting sounds genius. It seems like it would really help both parties communicate positively regarding a child. It’s amazing. I enjoyed this talk. Please spread this program nationwide.

  13. Alison Schuh Hawsey October 17, 2019 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Love. Love. Love everything about this process that you’re instilling in the future of your community.

  14. Nomathemba Gumede October 17, 2019 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    It has been truly inspiring listening to your story and how you have transformed the culture of your school Mr. Jones. My hope is that this culture is adopted by all schools. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Jenelle Seto October 17, 2019 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Mr Jones, you truly embody what it means to be a mindful leader. Thank you for being an incredible presence not only in your community, but for our interconnected world. Your story of bringing mindfulness to Doyle Ryder is an inspiration to all of us and provides a wonderful blueprint for others who wish to bring mindfulness to their schools/organizations/community as well.

  16. Claire October 17, 2019 at 11:11 am - Reply

    Thank you for speaking to the impacts on the whole family – this is great work that you’ve done and continue to do for the entire community of Flint!

  17. Prince Goodluck OBI October 17, 2019 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Awesome and inspiring!

  18. Candice October 17, 2019 at 10:09 am - Reply

    Amazing, inspiring, thank you Mr Principal for your love an dedication to your students! They are the future of our Nation and we want some improvements in the world! You lead by example which should be a common thing! Let Mindfulness conquer the World!

  19. Irene Kenison October 17, 2019 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Love that Mr. Jones uses the term scholars, and that he emphasizes that mindfulness must become a part of life!

  20. Aaron Dang October 17, 2019 at 8:38 am - Reply

    I love this. Thank you and keep working toward these amazing goals that you have!!

  21. loazul azul lo October 17, 2019 at 7:56 am - Reply

    aquello que mas admiro y rescato es la sabiduría de mr.jones….basada y adquirida desde la experiencia y la confianza en los resultados de practicar e incorporar mindfulness en nuestras vidas.

    Thank you !!!
    What I most admire and take is the wisdom of Mr. Jones … based and acquired from experience and confidence in the results of practicing and incorporating mindfulness into our lives.

  22. Clara October 17, 2019 at 7:51 am - Reply

    Amazing experience. Congratulation.

  23. Kim Young October 17, 2019 at 6:55 am - Reply

    Beautiful, eloquent, inspiring, and most importantly – shows how when we embody mindfulness and live compassionately, it is possible to transform the communities in which we live. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Maria October 17, 2019 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Thank you,Mr Jones.You are so inspiring!God bless you!Keep the good work!

  25. Sue October 17, 2019 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Fantastic to watch this video. So inspiring and drives me further to do what I do.

  26. Rebecca October 17, 2019 at 3:35 am - Reply

    This was very inspiring. How amazing for all parties involved. I wished I worked at a school with leadership similar to this.

  27. Hayley Mckenzie October 16, 2019 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    This was INCREDIBLY inspiring. Congratulations on your HEARTFELT work and best wishes to you all at Doyle and Rider and Flint in general 🙂

  28. Emma Gonzalez October 16, 2019 at 9:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Mr. Jones. Your presentation is very inspiring. I’m from central California and have heard about the issues Flint has been having. Prayers go out that these issues get resolved and that the kids and their families have the strength to carry on. I can see how mindfulness is very helpful to all involved.

  29. casey sasner October 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    What has happened in Flint is a national tragedy. I’m amazed and moved by the work being done by students and the compassionate adults who are leading them toward mindfulness practice. Kevelin Jones is an inspiration and I wish him continued energy and peace.

  30. Paula October 16, 2019 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    what a human being so beautiful !!! Make school a place where students like to be !!

  31. Lorraine October 16, 2019 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Very motivating story.

  32. Marina De Nadal October 16, 2019 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    It was so beautiful and inspiring to listen Kevelin Jones! Thank you!

  33. Kathy Flynn-Somerville October 16, 2019 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I love this summit already! Thank you.

  34. Regina October 16, 2019 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I wish we had this program in all schools and in my school when I was a kid. The impact , on so many levels , for all involved: is illustrated beautifully in this interview: thanks to you both & bless you all for the good and needed work that you all do❤️

  35. Betty C October 16, 2019 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Very informative. Some useful tools.

  36. Valerie Kelly October 16, 2019 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    So encouraged by the administrators in this presentation. They set an example for the exact container needed to facilitate Mindful education throughout the community!

  37. Eileen Biamonte October 16, 2019 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    So inspiring and relevant for the world we teach and live in today. Thank you!

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