Alan Brown, Cornell Carelock, and Kory O'Rourke

Mindful Schools Teachers Panel – What is a Mindful Classroom?

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What You'll Learn

  • Hear from 4 different educators from Mindful Schools about the power in resourcing themselves with a strong mindfulness practice

  • Learn simple practices that you can bring into any classroom, and explore the differences between “doing mindfulness” and “being mindful”

  • Hear practical advice for approaching the biggest challenges you might face as you introduce mindfulness to students

About Alan Brown

Alan Brown is a Lead Teacher and Curriculum Designer for Mindful Schools' flagship training program, the Mindful Teacher Certification Program. Through his consulting firm, Learning to Thrive, he is a frequent speaker and presenter to schools and districts on mindfulness and positive education. A teacher and school administrator for over 15 years, Alan also runs the mindfulness and experiential programs for Grace Church School in New York City. In addition to his work in education, Alan is an advocate for mindfulness to the Tourette Syndrome community and is currently collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital and Bowdoin College to assess the efficacy of mindfulness-based treatment for Tourette Syndrome and tics.

About Cornell Carelock

Cornell Carelock also known as Lord Judah is a mindfulness practitioner and instructor, professional artist, teacher, and student of comics, creative writing, music production, and music culture. He has worked along with many civic-based organizations, schools, and community groups, regarding Social Justice and Social Action and Continues to develop creative strategies for translating positive proactive messaging into his Art and Art workshops. He utilizes the practice of mindfulness and heart-based meditation to stay grounded in his service to humanity to allow all participants to receive the most from the space that he creates for them. Through a unique blend of all his learned techniques and strategies, he has developed a self-healing instructional program he calls "True He (ART) Academy". It is Judah's mission to be a leader in mindfulness and arts integration, and influence those from his generation to take a deeper look into how art, but more specifically music has an impact our mental health.

About Kory O'Rourke

Kory has been a public high school teacher and school leader for over a decade, and sees her work as the Mindful Schools Head of Program as the perfect place to bring her passion for mindfulness, social justice, social-emotional learning and wellness for all humans (especially those in schools), the pursuit of equity, and the support of communities as they work to break free from systems of oppression. Kory continues to be privileged to work in classrooms - learning with and from her students at the University of San Francisco as an adjunct professor within the Undergraduate Teacher Education Center. In the little free time that she has, you can find her reading, embroidering, walking her two misbehaved dogs for long walks on Ocean Beach, and spending time with two children.

About Megan Sweet

Dr. Megan Sweet is the Director of Training at Mindful Schools where she oversees the development and facilitation of all of their courses. Megan comes to Mindful Schools with 25 years of experience in education, including classroom teaching, school administration, and district leadership. Megan also brings more than two decades of mindfulness practice. Her blend of experience enables Megan to bring the two worlds together in a way that is meaningful to Mindful Schools' participants and impactful to the educational contexts where they work. In addition to her duties at Mindful Schools, Megan is an author and host of two podcasts related to mindfulness and education.

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  1. Valerie Kelly October 19, 2019 at 10:38 am - Reply

    There are many echos to the discussion and the experiences these professionals shared. The challenges in a classroom can be many. One is: what is the view of the community at large for the students participating in the educational process? What are individual expectations within the family? How can we address each element of this multifaceted practice of professional educator? Judah helped to bring it to a very clear point: we are all living beings engaging in the human experience!

  2. Genie Albrecht October 19, 2019 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Really enjoyed this discussion with some very useful ideas and practices to get going in the classroom (on Monday!) and become mindful WITH the students at the same time. Many thanks, everyone.

  3. anita chamberlain October 19, 2019 at 5:40 am - Reply

    It was great to hear all your thoughts. I do agree that there is no one method to teach mindfulness but it must start with ‘THE SELF’. We need to remind ourselves and each other on a regular basis.

  4. Irene Kenison October 19, 2019 at 4:23 am - Reply

    Loved the ideas that we can only give what we have, that mindfulness is differentiated and not something that must meet expectations, and that we offer it to students and model it. Looking to extend mindful practice and to encourage and model being mindful. Thank you.

  5. Elisabeth October 18, 2019 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Dear all, grateful for this informing and honest discussion which confirmed my own experiences in how to apply long years meditation practice and as a musician as well knowing how transforming all thoses practices are for ourselves and concerning the motivation to apply it as an educator can be so simple and heartful, very supportive. I am teaching in Asia. Cornell, I was impressed how your personality influenced a kind of “core to core mindfulness just through “being”. Best wishes

  6. paula October 18, 2019 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Amazing talk!!! thank you all

  7. Melissa October 17, 2019 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all of your practices. I focused on Mr. Cornell’s statement that he “provides practice for his own emotional inventory”. I think that it is very important as teachers to provide opportunities for themselves and “check-in”.

  8. Emma Gonzalez October 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    It’s very encouraging. Such an easy thing to do that gives such huge results. I loved what you all said. Thank you all.

  9. Anne Santos October 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your practices of mindfulness.
    It’s very encouraging.
    As a teacher and educator, if I do not feel happy, I can’t be a good teacher and be 100% there for my students.
    The practice of mindfulness is an asset in my practice.

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