Linda Lantieri, MA

Connecting SEL and Mindfulness

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn about the relationship between Social Emotional Learning and mindfulness and how the two can compliment and enhance each other and your work

  • Understand the importance of adults embodying SEL and mindfulness skills before it can make a change with students

  • Hear insights and practical tips from a longtime field leader on how to integrate mindfulness and SEL skillfully when bringing initiatives into a school setting

About Linda Lantieri, MA

Linda Lantieri, MA has been in the field of education for almost 50 years in a variety of capacities She is a Fulbright Scholar and internationally known speaker in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning, Contemplative Teaching and Learning and Spirituality in k-12 Education. Linda is one of the co-founders for the Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL) Program and the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She currently serves as the Senior Program Advisor for TEL. Linda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996), editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children (Sounds True, 2008, 2014) and coauthor of Nurturing Gratitude From the Inside Out: 30 Activities for Grades k-8 (Greater Good Science Center, 2017).

Learn more about Linda and her work on her website.

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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. Gabriela Deffis October 18, 2019 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you Linda and Rona, for sharing this great sesion.

  2. Maria Ruiz-Blanco October 18, 2019 at 11:43 am - Reply

    What an honor to hear from Linda!

  3. Irene Kenison October 18, 2019 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Thank you for a thoughtful discussion of the need to integrate mindfulness, SEL, equity practices and leadership in order to be able to have successful collective action. Thank you for calling for support of adult education and practice to lead the way to bringing this integrated approach to our scholars. Thank you for encouraging each person to find awareness of what they must do in order to help bring these ideas to fruition.

  4. Elisabeth October 18, 2019 at 1:48 am - Reply

    thank you, it is a wonderful work of course. Sorry to say that I have difficulties with the sensation of a closed society conderning the several in the US developed methods like SEL, CASEL etc.
    People from other countries and societies have difficulties to follow the speech. As well it would be great if some speakers could slow down the american english accent. The contents are worth to be shared with an international community. I would be grateful if you could apply some speeches to an international educator level. If it is talked about former talks with the only in your system well known
    people, I cannot follwo anymore. Really sad, that thos interview hold on the inner movements of your organisations. I would have liked to hear facts concerning the contents and method and processes of Transformatove Educaional Leadership etc.
    Thanks you in advance.

  5. Maria Jose October 17, 2019 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you very much for sharing this inspirational thoughts . Loved the invitation for a change in our paradigm of how we think about what it means to be a educated person and the need to include our heart and spirit

  6. casey sasner October 17, 2019 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Outstanding discussion– couldn’t agree more that the work begins with adults doing their own interior work and schools have to help with professional development in this area. It will reap so many benefits for students and schools!

  7. Savannah Hawkins October 17, 2019 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    This was the most in depth cohesive dialogue that was so very thoughtful to challenges in how this change in the foundation of learning requires constant interrelated review and a great challenge to the unknown.

  8. Terri Mathis October 17, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    I am an Elementary School Counselor in an Expeditionary Learning Magnet School in Colorado. It would be wonderful to see a shift in education philosophy to a more Minfulness approach. However, I see first hand the high level of expectations placed on teachers that is counter to the practice of Mindfulness. How is this universal shift being taken into our teacher and policy makers educational training?

  9. Laura Vroman October 17, 2019 at 11:55 am - Reply

    Love the thoughts on bringing this to the adults first, mindfulness is the work before SEL, and thinking about what prevents learning from happening. Powerful information and thank you, Linda!

  10. Lorraine A. Potter October 17, 2019 at 11:18 am - Reply

    It is very tough to integrate all of this into the day.

  11. Rachana Somayajula October 17, 2019 at 7:45 am - Reply

    So amazing that Linda is taking a few steps further by combining the “mind body spirit” connection for our children and teachers. Spirituality is truly an anchor and how awesome it is to teach our children that happiness and peace are an inherent part of our true inner nature. And that awakening can come from mindful practices in small pockets of grace and gratitude on a daily basis.

  12. Isabel Arline Duque October 16, 2019 at 10:47 pm - Reply

    Dear Linda, Thanks for sharing, I come from the Latin America background still doing baby steps and I see the whole panorama ahead through your experience, still many things need to be implemented in our school systems, and as you may understand lack of funding is one of the problems as well as professional development for teachers and leaders.
    Still, we have hope that we can reach to some level of implementation of ESL in our schools someday.Your experience is very important here for us all. I hope someday we will have that Transformative Education Leadership here is Mexico and relate it to Social Justice, this is urgent matter.Thanks!

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