Mindfulness in Education: Cultivating the Social and Emotional Competencies of Educators
A symposium of the Garrison Institute Contemplative Teaching and Learning Initiative
Open to those who train and support educators
The November symposium will bring together those who train and support educators including faculty at schools of education, district staff or providers of alternative licensure and professional development who also share an interest in the use of contemplative practices in this work The Symposium will explore the ways that contemplative practice can be used to cultivating the cognitive and social and emotional competencies (SEC) of educators. Social and emotional competencies of educators are central to their personal well-being, their efficacy and their ability to promote positive school cultures. Yet little is done to train or support educators’ social and emotional competencies in the formal systems of educator training, induction or support. Mindfulness and other contemplative practices have shown promise as tools in this work as well as for having significant impact on the cognitive competences of adults and children.
The Symposium will explore how, within the formal systems of educator training, contemplative practices can cultivate the social, emotional and cognitive competencies of educators to ensure personal wellbeing, professional efficacy and their ability to promote positive school cultures.
This program is open to faculty at schools of education, district staff, providers of alternative licensure and professional development and others who train and support educators.
In the true spirit of a symposium the program will engage participants in focused, dialogue that is facilitated to provoke free interchange of ideas, opinions and expertise supported by periods of contemplative practice.
Early bird registration and scholarship application close on September 24th.
If you would like to attend please firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia (Tish) Jennings will be offering a keynote address entitled “Mindful Awareness & Education in the 21st Century.” Dr. Jennings will present a broad philosophical rationale for why a contemplative approach to education is important to prepare young people to adapt to the challenges of this century and how this approach can improve teacher preparation.