Patricia Jennings, PhD

Mindfulness for Teachers: The Science and Practice

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What You'll Learn

  • Hear what’s new and exciting in the research around mindfulness in education and see how mindfulness-based curriculum supports initiatives such as social-emotional learning programs

  • Learn the 3 critical elements you need in mindfulness training and explore the research findings on how classroom mindfulness leads to better learning and student engagement

  • Follow along in a short practice you can do anywhere, at any time, alone or with your students, to cultivate calm and focus

About Patricia Jennings, PhD

Tish Jennings is an associate professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education. Her research focuses on building resilience among teachers and students to transform educational environments. Jennings recently led the team that developed CARE, a mindfulness-based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well-being, classroom interactions and student engagement in the largest randomized controlled trial of a mindfulness-based intervention designed specifically to address teacher occupational stress. Currently, she is leading the development of the Compassionate Schools Project curriculum, an integrated health and physical education program designed to align with state and national health and physical education standards, and is co-Investigator on a large randomized controlled trial being conducted in Louisville, KY, to evaluate the curriculum’s efficacy.

You can learn more about Tish here.

Mind & Life Fellow and Mind & Life Varela Grantee

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. Jenny October 18, 2019 at 5:41 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this. Thank you for doing quality research for us.

  2. Jane October 17, 2019 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    Dr. Jennings mentions that one of the challenges is finding time and money to train current teachers. Is there a plan to incorporate mindfulness training into the college cirriculum of education degrees? Making it not only a class, but incorporating mindfulness into the college learning process for future teachers?

  3. Millie Commander October 17, 2019 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Great resource and motivation to start experimenting these techniques in my public speaking class at the college level.

  4. Ana Cristina Perez October 17, 2019 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Bravo for Patricia´s projects and researches.

  5. Karen Ferrell October 17, 2019 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    So needed within our communities! Always helps to move things forward when there is evidence to support such practices. Looking forward to it becoming a nation wide practice someday!

  6. Rebecca Lance October 17, 2019 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    This was amazing! I connected with so much you said. I am actively trying to bring mindfulness to the students in our school. I will be checking out your book. Thank you!!

  7. Irene Kenison October 17, 2019 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Interesting research – have noticed anecdotally the improvements, but the research backup is important.

  8. Alicia Benitez October 17, 2019 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Definitely interesting! The way that teachers impact and touch kids are incredible, but they need support and training to face students emotions and problems.
    Being a teacher is not an easy task!
    Great information!!

  9. Aaron Dang October 17, 2019 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Thank you for saying that school leaders are the ones who need to take the lead on transforming schools through MAPs. We need leaders who are willing to look at the reality of modern education, and then make the best decision to help ease and comfort the craziness!

  10. İlksen Dinçer Baş October 17, 2019 at 7:22 am - Reply

    A brilliant study and a wonderful resource. I’ll definitly buy the book and ı’ve already shared the video with my daughter’s teachers and Principle. Thank you.

  11. Sue October 17, 2019 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Lovely to meet Patricia. Great video. Sincerely appreciate it

  12. may zaw naing October 16, 2019 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    this is really helpful for not only the school teachers but also for the parents to help the kids manage stress and relax the burning mind.

  13. Emma Gonzalez October 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    The research has shown that school administration must find the money to educate the teachers in this. Especially since it has been found that it really helps the kids and that it is a long term benefit.

    I often find myself telling my kids to call down, but your right, Patricia! I have never taught them how to do it!

  14. Paula October 16, 2019 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    Wow much valuable information!!! Thank you

  15. Tamara October 16, 2019 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    I loved Jenning’s presentation. In our country, Uruguay, the practice of mindfulness and compassion is just beginning to arrive in the education fields. As a group of research, we’re interested in evidencing biological and psychological changes in teachers who undergo an intervention in mindfulness and self compassion, and Jenning is one of our most inspiring researchers.

  16. Lorraine October 16, 2019 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Training for staff would be so great. I wish we could do this.

  17. Kathy Flynn-Somerville October 16, 2019 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Amazing! Love the research!! Thanks, Tish, Rona,, and The Awake Network.

  18. Anne October 16, 2019 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    I pass these things on to my teacher friends who are still in the classroom. They are always looking for anything to calm kids so they are able to focus more. I’m retired after teaching for four decades and I’m happy to say that even the older students (junior high and high school) benefit in the few minutes it takes to practice a calming procedure. Both teacher and student benefit. And it’s good for classroom management. The challenge is to get the admin on board. A teacher is not “wasting” time if they don’t jump right into the subject for that hour. Thank you.

  19. Jake October 16, 2019 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    How/when can I get a copy of the paper regarding this study? Trying to get mindfulness into my district and need support.

    Namaste’, Jake

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