Through this book discussion participants will be introduced to mindfulness in education. Students are told to pay attention a thousand times in school, but rarely are they taught how. We tell our kids to be nice to each other again and again without ever teaching them the incredibly accessible exercises that cultivate empathy and forgiveness. We tell students not to be so reactive and even put them in juvenile detention centers all because they can’t regulate the disturbances within their own bodies. All the while, there are methods for teaching impulse control, attention, and empathy, but youth have rarely been taught them. Mindfulness has been effectively training these qualities for millennia, and there is a mounting research base that backs up its immense health benefits. This online discussion will consist of monthly reading and responses as well as opportunities that would allow participants to share promising practices with one another. Please see below for a schedule of the 2016 online book discussion webinars.
January 19: Opening of the online book discussion study space and Introductory webinar-Getting Started
February 17: (4:30-5:30 pm) Webinar: Topic: TBD, Guest: Daniel Rechtschaffen, author
March 9: (4:30-5:30 pm) Webinar: Topic: TBD, Guest: Staff from the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (UW-Madison)
April 8: (4:30-5:30 pm) Webinar: Implementing a Mindfulness Curriculum at the School/District Level, Guest: TBD
The cost to participate in the book discussion is $75. One UW-Madison credit is available for an additional $200. Credit earned will appear on a transcript available at the end of the spring semester. To register for either option click below.
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