By Tanuka Gordon Often when we think of “product design” or “service design” we think of designing tangible goods or services that people use. What if helping our children be more compassionate, be more mindful could also be viewed as a service; and what if it was not just a service but an experience that […]
By Michelle Palladini I always believed that my job as a School Resource Officer was about serving and protecting youth in my community with compassion and understanding. However, I learned many people believe this position contributes to the school-to-prison pipeline. Some have articulated that police are not qualified to work in schools, and worse, that […]
by Michelle Benedict Have you ever walked into a classroom of chaos? How did that feel as the adult in the room? How do you think it feels as a student? Learning in today’s classroom environment is quite different from 30 years ago when I sat in a fourth grade classroom. I remember the level of […]
In this workshop, participants will experience several games that teach the habits and practices of full presence, and
be presented with the science underlying the practices. Each game will be first played, followed by a debrief session, and finally guided group conversation to help participants understand the strengths and potential hazards of implementing mindfulness-based game-play in their specific contexts.
by Bruce Neustadter Early on in my work as a therapist I had a mother and a son come to my office. The mom told me that her fifteen-year-old son was unwilling to talk. Before the session, he made it clear to her that he would not utter a word in therapy. I was intrigued and […]
by Caverly Morgan During a time in which many struggle with a sense of hopelessness, I feel honored to share with you a deep optimism. This is not an optimism based on a fairytale or blind faith. It is rooted in experience. Our current generation of teenagers is learning how to pave the way for […]
with Kate Murphy and Karen Bluth In this session, we will present creative mindful art activities for youth ages 9-17. These activities are intended to reinforce sensory awareness, and activities are tied to the various mindfulness factors including observation, description, acting with awareness, nonjudgment, and non-reactivity. Participants will engage in the art activities, and each activity will be […]
Stefanie and Elisha will explore the science and practice of creating brain- and heart-enriched environments. Learning how to include and influence the entire system creates more opportunities for shared language, tools, connection and values to be woven throughout. This in turn creates endless possibilities for inspiration and effective integration!
with Shawnee Thornton Hardy Self-regulation has been a topic of discussion at the forefront of education and is being attributed to a child’s overall emotional health and success. Self-Regulation is the ability to monitor and control our own behavior, emotions and thoughts, altering them in accordance with the demands of the situation. The growth of self-regulation […]
with John P. Rettger, Ph.D., E-RYT-200, YACEP & Kristina C. Mendez, MS, RYT-200 This breakout session will dive into how to bring mindfulness and yoga to diverse youth in a culturally relevant way that will facilitate student connectedness with the practices and each other. Through experiential exercises, participants will learn how to use simple breathing, […]