Mindfulness Training for Educators: Faculty and Classroom Teachers



Mindfulness Training for Educators: Faculty and Classroom Teachers


Tue. Feb 16, 2016 - Tue. Apr 12, 2016 (8 weeks)
Every Tuesday from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


Mindfulness Center

A large body of research has shown the value of bringing mindfulness and other meditative practices into the educational arena, both for the student as well as the teacher. Being an educator requires a high degree of social and emotional competence, especially in dealing with students who have additional challenges due to high stress levels and need guidance navigating the complex issues of our current times.
Neuroscience has revealed that learning is compromised when stress and anxiety levels are high. In addition, there is growing evidence that teaching mindfulness to educators adds to their job satisfaction and well-being. In working directly with students every day, it can be beneficial to not only understand mindfulness principles in order to integrate these into our own lives but also to model these behaviors for others. More and more research continues to verify that bringing these practices into the classroom can augment the learning process for students.
This semester the UVA Mindfulness Center is offering its first Mindfulness for Educators program, so that faculty and teachers can participate in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s 8 week mindfulness-based stress reduction program and learn how mindfulness might benefit them in their role as educators and how to bring these practices into the classroom. Begins February 16 for 8 consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6-8:30 PM with Susanna Williams. For many, it will be covered as an educational benefit and is eligible for CME’s.