with Heidi Bornstein and Steve Chadwick
Professional Development workshops provide a conceptual and experiential introduction to the growing use of secular mindfulness practices in education and their value and relevance to educators. It is often the first point of entry for educators to sample mindfulness exercises and explore their potential benefits for themselves, their students and their schools.
This skill-based, experiential workshop for educators, administrators and professional support staff explores what is required to design and deliver a Professional Development (PD) workshop that inspires, educates, and supports a viable implementation plan to deliver mindfulness programs in education that:
- Cultivate resilience
- Promote health and wellness
- Create an emotionally balanced and more compassionate classroom and school environment.
Educators explore the variety of ways that mindfulness can creatively be brought into the education setting, contributing valuable input and feedback that can be instrumental in a successful implementation plan for any mindfulness initiative.
Through a combination of mindfulness practices, an interactive discussion, a PowerPoint presentation (made available to participants afterwards) and extensive resources, participants will: ￼￼
- Understand mindfulness as an evidence-based practice designed to cultivate resilience and promote positive health and wellness that is central to teaching and learning for both educators and students.
- Identify opportunities and obstacles to adopting mindfulness practice within their professional setting.
- Recognize what secular mindfulness is.
- Explore effective ways of managing resistance.
- Leave with sample outlines for presenting workshops ranging from 1⁄2 hour intro at staff meetings to a full day workshop.
- Use innovative ways of evaluating your workshop to get feedback.
Heidi Bornstein is the co-founder and executive director for Mindfulness Everyday, a Canadian registered charity that has been delivering mindfulness programs in the community since 2010, to students, parents, and educators. Heidi is an MBSR (Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction) teacher, a Hatha yoga and meditation teacher. She is the co-creator of The Mindful EdgeTM – Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens. Heidi is a certified facilitator for SMART: smartEducation — Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques for Educators. Heidi has been teaching yoga and meditation in Toronto since 2002 and continues to support yoga, meditation, and mindfulness programs for children, youth, teens, and adults.
Stephen Chadwick is an MBSR teacher who received his training under the direction of Roy Hintsa and Dr. Diane Reibel the Director of The Stress Reduction Program at Jefferson University’s Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine. He received his certification as a Yoga Ed Instructor for High Schools, Working with Those At-Risk, Level II Curriculum Training of Mindful Schools, and trained in smartEducation™ (Stress Management and Resiliency Techniques) with Linda Wallace. Steve is a teacher for The Mindful Edge® –Stress Reduction and Life Strategies for Teens program in high schools. He has twenty seven years experience as a public school teacher with the TDSB, specializing in working with Children with Special Needs and ESL.