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Get Real About Classroom Mindfulness: What You Need to Know

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Listen and learn : Panel

Tuesday, June 25, 4:15–5:15 pm
Location: 103A

Natasha Akery   James Butler   Jamie Price   Craig Spinner  
Educators seasoned in instructing classroom mindfulness will discuss challenges that may arise, such as resistance, inconsistency of implementation and working with trauma. They will unpack the practicality of sustaining and implementing mindfulness programs on student, teacher and schoolwide levels.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Download Stop, Breathe & Think All Ages or Kids (depending on your audience). Links to the app available on our website:
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Health and physical education
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session
Related exhibitors: MyLife

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of our presentation is to shed light on the impact of mindfulness in the classroom addressing both the advantages and the challenges. Unlocking a dialogue around what mindfulness looks like in the realm of education, and for educators to hear from their peers about their experiences, providing insight on future steps for mindfulness adoption and implementation. It has been hinted that mindfulness in education is a "cure all" for challenging behavior, stress and distraction. We strive to use this presentation as an opportunity to address the authenticity behind mindfulness, the practice and the reasons for implementation rather than the assumption of a quick fix.

The objectives of “Get Real about Mindfulness in the Classroom: What You Need to Know” are:
1. Engage in an open dialogue around Mindfulness in the classroom to problem-solve challenges educators are currently facing.
2. Navigate a new technology titled Stop, Breathe & Think and learn about it’s versatility that pertains to classroom use with students in Elementary through High School classrooms.
3. Pursue a hands-on experiment with mindfulness practice.

The tool we will be introducing is Stop, Breathe & Think: a digital emotional wellness platform for every new generation. In the format of mobile apps for Kids (4-10 years old) and All Ages (11+), our mission is to help the next generation develop the emotional strength and confidence to handle whatever comes their way. We have seventeen years of experience working with emotional wellness techniques and individuals under 25, along with a scientific advisory board of experts in the field.


Get Real about Mindfulness in the Classroom: What You Need to Know

- Begin with Moderator's introduction including her background, the tool we will be introducing and an overview of our presentation. (2 minute)
- Introduction to both the Kids and All Ages Stop, Breathe & Think apps. Demo how the app works on a personal device, what activities are on the app and different formatting for kids and all ages. (3 minutes)
- Welcome our 3 visiting educators who will make up our panel, move through introductions and level of experience with mindfulness practice in education. (2 minutes)
- Jamie leads in-person check-in activity asking our panelists and audience members to take a moment to check-in with where they are physically, mentally and emotionally. (3 minutes)
- Jamie defines mindfulness and sparks panel discussion (40 minutes)
- Audience questions for Jamie and panelists (10 minutes)

Supporting research

“Mindful Games” by Susan Kaiser Greenland
"Association Between Improvement in Baseline Mood and Long-Term Use of a Mindfulness and Meditation App: Observational Study"
Stop, Breathe & Think’s Advisory Board: Sue Smalley (Founder of UCLA’s Mindfulness Research Center, Susan Kaiser Greenland (Author of Mindful Games), Nicholas J. Schork (Renowned expert in Big Health Data), Philippe Goldin (Founder of Google Search Inside Yourself
“Nurturing Mindfulness in Children and Youth: Current State of Research by Mark T Greenberg Alexis R. Harris
Mindfulness for Children and Youth: A Review of the Literature with an Argument for School-Based Implementation

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Natasha Akery, Military Magnet Academy

Natasha Akery is a secondary ELA teacher at Military Magnet Academy in North Charleston, SC. She is a cohost for an upcoming podcast from Teacher2Teacher called “Teach, Learn, Repeat” that will address equity in public education during its first season.

James Butler, Austin Independent School District

James is the Mindfulness Specialist for the Austin Independent School District in the Social & Emotional Learning department. In this role, he supports all 130 AISD schools w/ their mindfulness efforts with a special focus on teacher self-care. He's been an educator for 16 years, including 12 years as an Early Childhood Teacher. He is the author of Mindful Classrooms & The SEL Coloring Book. He is also the founder of Mindful Classrooms, an organization that supports mindfulness in schools/districts throughout the country.

Jamie Price, Stop, Breathe & Think
Craig Spinner, School Counselor for Students at Westfield Middle School

Craig is a school counselor at Westfield Middle School, a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana and has been there the past 14 years. He has taught high school and middle school English. He leads student and adult mindfulness groups in his school and will launch a mindfulness class for students this fall. Craig is the host of The Toolbox podcast, A WMS Counseling Podcast and is currently working towards his 200 hour yoga teacher training certification.

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