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Just Breathe: Why Mindfulness Matters

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Thursday, December 3, 2:00–2:45 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)
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Take Care of You: Apps and Tools to Support Self-Care

Cindy Lewis  
Have you or your students seemed more anxious, stressed, depressed or sad? We'll discuss tools to improve social-emotional well-being, and brainstorm ideas for building social-emotional health in students and staff.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Participant may bring devices to test out the various technology tools on their own. However, it is not necessary as we will demonstrate how the tools are used and give opportunity to test out some tools as a group.
Topic: Social emotional learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In our classrooms and the staff lounges, we have observed a growing need for social-emotional learning. In seeking out researched-based strategies and technology tools, we found ideas educators can use immediately to help improve social and emotional health. We have put these practices and tools to use at our high school campus and saw success. We then shared our findings with our district and as they started sharing their experiences with us, we learned that it doesn't take much to help students and staff to feel safe, calm, and cared for.
This presentation will highlight the stories of staff and students throughout our district and at various grade levels and subjects. We will share our research and experience with various technology tools to help with social-emotional health as well as proven strategies. This will not be just a sit and get as participants will be able to try some of the tools and techniques and share their own experiences.
Some of the technology tools highlighted are apps designed for mindfulness and emotional well being such as Calm, Smiling Mind, Virtual Hope Box, and Headspace as well as some other lesser known apps. We will also introduce how G Suite can help facilitate mindfulness practices as well.


Participants will begin by learning about the value of taking 60 seconds to breathe and focus on the moment. Then they will be introduced to the research behind this presentation and the statistics that demonstrate the needs for mindfulness and improved social-emotional well being. Then each of the tools and techniques used successfully throughout our district will be shown as well as student and staff experiences. Participants will be given opportunity to test out a few of the tools. Finally there will be a discussion of what other techniques and tools participants have used in order to collaborate and improve the learning for all.

Supporting research

Valosek, Laurent, et al. "EFFECT OF MEDITATION ON SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS." Education, vol. 139, no. 3, 2019, p. 111+. Gale Academic Onefile, Accessed 28 Sept. 2019.

Arslan, Serhat, and Zeynep Demirtas. "Social emotional learning and critical thinking disposition." Studia Psychologica: Journal for Basic Research in Psychological Sciences, vol. 58, no. 4, 2016, p. 276+. Gale Academic Onefile, Accessed 28 Sept. 2019.

Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly A. "Social and emotional learning and teache." The Future of Children, Spring 2017, p. 137+. Gale Academic Onefile, Accessed 28 Sept. 2019.

Munn, Sharon K., and Thomas G. Ryan. "An examination of mental health promotion within international schools and current reform practices that can benefit third culture kids." International Journal of Educational Reform, vol. 25, no. 2, 2016, p. 170+. Gale Academic Onefile, Accessed 28 Sept. 2019.

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