By Erik R Conklin, M.A., Ed.D. In my favorite joke of all time, Steve Martin delivers a very detailed buildup of sprinkler terms to what he believes is a group in the audience from a “plumber’s convention”. In the culminating delivery of the “punch line” of the joke, no one in the audience laughs; the […]
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Here, we hope you'll appreciate the insightful contributions of our conference presenters, who've offered perspectives on mindfulness in education, clinical practice, research, and more.
by Christine Galib Our task today is to find singular ways to create the new things that will make the future not just different, but better – to go from 0 to 1. The essential first step is to think for yourself. Only by seeing the world anew…can we both re-create it and preserve it […]
By Ariel Frager School is hard. Hours of listening. Hours of having to sit still. Hours of not talking to your friends, not playing Wall Ball, no video games and no soccer. And then there are all those people: the annoying kids, the teacher who is so kind it is also annoying, the friends who […]
By Mark Bertin Kids and screen time cause considerable parental angst these days—and for good reason. Research shows children spend on average seven hours a day glued to computer, tablet, smart phone, or television screens. This reality has created such a stir that last month, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) updated its decade-old recommendation […]
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 […]
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 […]
by Jane Mayer, The Teaching Well “Well! That sounds like quite the luxury.” “So… you bring wellness techniques we can use for students?” “Wow! You push into professional development time to support teacher well-being. Is there enough time? How do they fit it in?” Kelly, our Executive Director, and I love students (extraordinarily). We […]