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Mindful by Design: Mindfulness Across the Curriculum, Using Design, Storytelling, and Immersion

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 23, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Location: Ballroom B: Level 3 (access from escalators in Registration area in Grand Hall on Level 2)

Caitlin Krause  
Mindfulness is meant to come alive in learning worlds. How can educators be mindful in the context of curriculum design, interactive storytelling, and virtual simulations? The intentional applications of mindfulness in practice & mindset make those of us who use it designers—this session teaches ways to be Mindful by Design.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Instructional design and delivery
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Health and physical education
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In a busy world full of distractions, mindfulness is about being present in everything we do. This critical skill-building session explores how mindfulness, design, and storytelling can improve teaching and learning, promoting the development of future-forward skills including creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, and communication. Participants will learn how to cultivate a personal mindfulness practice that reflects their individuality, and how to create a community of care and respect through mindfulness, design, and storytelling, inviting learners to seek more authentic interactions with the curriculum, with themselves, and with each other.
This session highlights active takeaways and detailed exercises, including step-by-step lessons embedded into specific curriculum areas, ready to implement immediately. Filled with practical, accessible explanations and applications that are adaptive and engaging, this session demystifies mindfulness, design and storytelling and empowers each individual to embrace a personal mindfulness practice and inspire powerful learning environments.


The outline of this presentation supports the overall goals of the session. Participants discuss and learn:
- How mindfulness can benefit educators and their classrooms, creating a community of care and respect
- How mindfulness, design, and storytelling help teachers and students develop 21st century skills, including the ability to adapt, innovate, express, design, and create
- Ways to practice exercises that have customizable lessons to implement right away

In terms of Content and Activities, the session will have 3 major components, outlined below. The process includes activities that let participants practice and reflect upon the applications. The following general outline contains details about the time, content/activities (some of which might need to be condensed due to timing), and process:

Part I: Mindfulness Beyond the Buzzword, and Designing a Mindful Learning Environment (explanation, background research, initial tasters and questions, intro. to design process and story models, 20-30 min)  

Part II: Mindful by Design for Self and Sustenance (20-30 min, includes discussion, examples and activities from the exercises below) 
Exercise 1: Just Three Breaths 
Exercise 2: On Listening and Being Heard: Stress and Anxiety Reducer 
Exercise 3: Grateful Heart and Happiness 
Exercise 4: Prime Values: Purpose and Presence 
Exercise 5: Les Petits Plaisirs: Simple Pleasures for Sustenance 

Part III: Mindful by Design for Classroom and Community (30 min, includes discussion, examples and activities from the exercises below) 
Exercise 1: Great Debates: Fire & Ice 
Exercise 2: Levity Moments 
Exercise 3: Gratitude and Mindful Mentors 
Exercise 4: Storytelling, Empathy, and Kindness 
Exercise 5: Digital Mindful Citizen 
Exercise 6: The Danger of a Single Story 
Exercise 7: Nature as Teacher: Bold Biomimicry and Design Thinking Applied 
Exercise 8: Architecture and Virtual Worlds: Designing Mindful Community Spaces 
Exercise 9: What Makes a Mindful Leader? 

Closing Reflection

Supporting research

This session is well-researched, and educators who have attended past sessions have shared that it is valuable and much-needed.
The following resources are just part of the documentation that support the importance of the session topic and/or the practices/information I will present:

Palmer, Parker J. (1997). The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life. Jossey-Bass.

Jacobs, Heidi Hayes and Alcock, Marie Hubley. (2017). Bold Moves for Schools: How We Create Remarkable Learning Environments. Alexandria, VA: ASCD.

Wiggins, Grant and McTighe, Jay. (2005). Understanding by Design. Alexandria, VA: Assn. for Supervision & Curriculum Development.

November, Alan C. (2008). Web Literacy for Educators. California: Corwin Press.

Dweck, Carol. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York, NY: Penguin Random House.

Rheingold, Howard. (2000). The Virtual Community: Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier. Boston, MA: MIT Press.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. (2005). Coming to Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and the World Through Mindfulness. New York, NY: Hyperion Publishers.

Penham, Danny and Williams, Mark. (2011). Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World. Piatkus Books.

Scharmer, C. Otto. (2009) Theory U. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Scharmer, Otto and Kaufer, Katrin. (2013). Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers. (2018). Evidence of the Benefits Of Mindfulness In Education.

Markova, Dawna and McArthur, Angie. (2015). Collaborative Intelligence: Thinking with People Who Think Differently. New York: Penguin Random House.

Sinek, Simon. (2009). How Great Leaders Inspire Action. TEDxPuget Sound.

Chappuis, Jan and Chappuis, Stephen. (2008). The Best Value in Formative Assessment. Educational Leadership, 65 (4).

Common Core State Standards Initiatives. (2018). Myths vs. Facts: Myths About Implementation.

Cheuk, T. (2013). Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices. Refined version of diagram created by the Understanding Language Initiative for ELP Standards. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University.

Ricard, Matthieu. (2018). The Mindfulness Revolution. (2018). ISTE STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS: Knowledge Constructor.

Ruesch, Jeremiah. (2018). Bringing Wonder Into Mathematics. Edutopia.

Center for Courage & Renewal. (2018). The Circle of Trust Approach.

Shapiro, Sam. (2001). What is the “Harkness Method”?

PassageWorks. (2014). Publications by Rachael Kessler.

Rogers, Chris. (2018) Chris Roger’s Homepage.

Whitman, Walt. (1892). Song of Myself. Leaves of Grass. Philadelphia, PA: David McKay, Rees Welsh & Company.

NoTosh. (2018). NoTosh: Think Differently and Change the Way You Choose to Do Work.

Glacier Lake School. (2018). Glacier Lake School: Life is not standardized, so why should schools be?

Thompson, Clive. (2015). INBOUND Bold Talks: Clive Thompson "How The Way You Write Changes the Way You Think”.

Rief, Linda. (2015). Read Write Teach: Choice and Challenge in the Reading-Writing Workshop. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

FabLabConnect. (2018). Seymour Papert Quotes.

Hamilton. (2018). Hamilton the Musical.

KhanAcademy. (2018). Khan Academy.

ProjectZero. (2016). Project Zero: Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The United Nations. (2018). Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to Transform Our World.

Palmer, Parker. (2009) A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. Chichester, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.

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Caitlin Krause, MindWise

Caitlin Krause is a globally-recognized learning expert, author, and keynote speaker. In her book Mindful by Design and through her organizational consulting, she helps leaders and teams leverage mindfulness, storytelling, and design principles to connect more deeply with their communities. As founder of MindWise, co-founder of the Center of Wise Leadership, and a VR and AI specialist, Caitlin creates experiences that promote humanity, innovation and emotional intelligence. She speaks extensively worldwide, leading professional development and learning workshops. She holds a BA from Duke University and an MFA from Lesley University, and believes in connecting creatively, with passion, purpose and presence.

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