Vicki Zakrzewski, PhD

Developing the Whole Person with Mindfulness

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn how Social-Emotional Learning, mindfulness, and ethical development all work together to encourage prosocial, whole-person development in young people

  • Understand why we need to bring a cultural lens to mindfulness initiatives in classrooms, and learn practical ways to build relationships with the parents and community in your school network

  • Discover the new resources that Greater Good Science Center is bringing to education professionals and what you can get started with now

About Vicki Zakrzewski, PhD

Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D., is the education director of the Greater Good Science Center. She gives talks and workshops, and leads the GGSC’s Summer Institute for Educators. Vicki also consults with organizations on how to incorporate the science of well-being into their work. Recent collaborations include the CASEL California Collaborating States Initiative; Science for Monks and Nuns in Dharamsala, India; the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai, UAE; the Millennium School in San Francisco; the Mind and Life Institute (of which she is a fellow); the Jim Henson Company on a new television show for preschoolers; the International School of Brussels on the Common Ground Collaborative curriculum; several social-emotional learning programs, including Second Step, MindUp, Open Circle, and Inner Resilience; and Pixar/Disney on The Emotions Survival Guide—a follow-up book for children based on the movie Inside Out. A former teacher and school administrator, Vicki earned her Ph.D. in Education and Positive Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. In her doctoral research, Vicki spent two months in India at a school awarded the Peace Education Prize by UNESCO and the Hope of Humanity Award by the Dalai Lama, researching their methods for developing teachers’ ability to create caring relationships with students.

To find out more about GGSC's upcoming Greater Good in Education online resource and Purpose Challenge Toolkit for students, click here.

Mind & Life Fellow

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. Valerie Kelly October 19, 2019 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Love, love, love, GGSC! Finished the science of happiness course while completing Year-long Mindful Certification at Mindful Schools. Do not be attached to outcomes AHA! Thank you Dacher, Sonia!!!

  2. Sue October 19, 2019 at 8:41 am - Reply

    The Science of Happiness was one of the best courses I’ve done. I love the site and work you do. Thank you

  3. Irene Kenison October 19, 2019 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Thank you – broad but clear, and positive. Glad to see integration of skills and concepts to a holistic approach. Love the idea of not being attached to the outcome – this could help when trying to bridge the divide.

  4. Tiffany Beaumont October 19, 2019 at 2:33 am - Reply

    The greater Good institute has been fantastic guide, great interview, clear and informative.

  5. Alicia Benitez October 17, 2019 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Vicki I enjoyed and found your session so excited! I am studying about education and personal development, at this moment I am giving support a group of students who are learning to identify emotions and showing different strategies to deal with them.
    My mind got catch with one of the questions: What catches you?
    So I choose to practice self compassion and do something, I will change one thing at a time! Thank you to share all your knowledge!

  6. Judith Saurage October 17, 2019 at 9:20 pm - Reply

    Inspirational! Hopeful! Thank you, thank you!

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