Mindfulness means many different things to many different people, and people come to the practice for very different reasons. For those who are looking to start or expand a mindfulness program, this means there are many entry points that can be used. This workshop will help participants explore those “open doors” in their own school context to help grow their program.
This workshop will begin with best practices for growing a school-wide mindfulness program over time, as well as a framework for understanding the various domains of mindfulness practice–what Rechtschaffen (2016) calls “realms of mindful literacy” or McCown, Reibel, & Micozzi (2010) call the “teaching intentions” of mindfulness. Participants will identify areas in their school community (including academic courses, wellness & guidance, extracurricular, athletic and arts programs) where this work is already being done or is of value to the school, as well as workshop potential next steps in small groups for how to leverage these open doors.
This session is appropriate for participants at all stages of the process, ranging from those just starting to those nearing whole school implementation. All participants will benefit from hearing the common challenges, experiencing mutual support, receiving feedback, and ultimately walking away with a concrete action plan for next steps as they continue to water the seeds of mindfulness in their communities.
Alan Brown serves on the faculty of Mindful Schools, as a Lead Teacher and Curriculum Designer for the Year-Long Mindfulness Certification Program and is Director of Integrative & Co-Curricular Learning at Grace Church School in New York City, where he leads the school’s mindfulness programs. Alan is a frequent speaker and presenter on mindfulness and education, and he consults with schools and districts looking to implement mindfulness at a building- or district-wide level. In addition to his work in education, Alan is an advocate for bringing mindfulness to the Tourette Syndrome community, as mindfulness all but stopped his own tics. He is currently collaborating with Massachusetts General Hospital and Bowdoin University to develop a mindfulness-based intervention for patients with TS or chronic tics. He is also the facilitator of the Tourette Association’s NYC family resource & support group. www.learningtothrive.nyc