Tish Jennings is a Professor of Education at the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. She studies the social and emotional dynamics of educational settings and applies this understanding to develop and test interventions designed to enhance teachers’ capacity to cultivate supportive relationships with their students and provide a supportive and engaging social and emotional context for academic learning. She also develops and tests curricula and interventions for pre-K and elementary level children with a focus on social and emotional learning. She conducts basic research to better understand these relationships and evaluative, efficacy, effectiveness, and dissemination research to determine whether intervention efforts are effective and sustainable in educational settings. She is particularly focused on applying recent findings on mindfulness-based approaches to reducing teacher and student stress and improving teaching and learning environments. She applies this research to improve pre-service teacher education at the pre-K and elementary levels.