Offering Mindfulness in schools – instruction available for teachers, schools, administrators, school systems.
- Individual consultation
- Speaking engagements
- Online instruction
See below for more information on Bringing Mindfulness to Education
I am presently involved in an ongoing Duke study bringing mindfulness to education through The Teacher Resiliency Program working with The Duke Teach House fellows
Bringing Mindfulness to Education
Lisa is now bringing mindfulness to the education system. What might that look like?
Imagine teacher enrichment programs that are grounded in respect and integrity, steeped in the qualities of benevolence, kind regard, generosity, and gratitude, and embracing the practices of active listening and mindful speech.
Imagine children learning how to calm themselves and self-soothe; learning how to identify their own feelings and emotions and ask for what they need (or better yet, given the opportunity and skill set, provide it for themselves!)
Imagine classrooms that operate from a place of collaboration and respect for self and others; that embody the character traits of kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, and goodwill (which in turn foster other character traits such as responsibility, perseverance, self-control, honesty, cooperation, courage, tolerance, and citizenship).
If this sounds far reaching or even a bit “pie in the sky”, please know that research shows over and over again that these practices, and additional mindfulness practices have the potential to create wide ranging and extensive benefits for teachers, educators, students, classrooms, and schools themselves.
Mindfulness is a pathway to self empowerment. These practices have the power to transform lives!
A list of research based benefits that mindfulness, kindness, compassion, and emotional intelligence can bring to your school system, administration, educators, staff, students, and school community:
- Stress management through mindfulness and self-compassion skills
- Greater emotional resiliency
- Less burnout and compassion fatigue
- More positive feelings about themselves and their jobs
- More support in a benevolent climate from co-workers and administration
- Increased collaboration and more effective communication
- Emotional awareness and self-regulation
- Better able to identify their needs and self-soothe
- Improved attention, focus, and learning
- Less anxiety and depression
- Cooperation, empathy skills, and decreased bullying
- Enhanced personal leadership skills
- Less time spent on disciplinary situations
- Collaboration and respect between teachers and students
- Calmer atmosphere more conducive to learning!
Teaching is a noble profession. What could possibly be more important than the education and well-being of our future generations – our children? It is my deep belief that education goes beyond nourishing academic intelligence and learning, and includes strengthening social and emotional intelligence as well.
As educators and teachers, you are leaders! Leadership requires intention. In a world that bombards us with harmful messages, we as leaders have the opportunity to teach the core values of kindness, benevolence, and self-compassion. Research shows that these are the foundation of well-being.
In the words of Jack Kornfield:
“The challenges in leadership are more challenging today than ever before.” To paraphrase his words: The pace of change is accelerating. The demands of leadership and the need for leadership have increased dramatically. Leadership requires authenticity, commitment to personal goals, resiliency, and the balance of self-confidence and self- awareness. Leadership is easy when things are going well, and it is most important and most difficult when things are not going well.
Together, let’s take the opportunity to create a kinder, safer world for our children to thrive in.