Breathing is Just the Beginning
Helping Kids Apply Mindfulness to Meet Life’s Challenges with Skill and Compassion
January 25, 2020* Washington DC
Keynote Speaker: Dr. William Blake, Director of Social and Emotional Learning, District of Columbia Public Schools
Thank you to our sponsor Bullfrog Bagels – we’re looking forward to breakfast!
We know that mindfulness is helpful to kids in self-regulation, but is this enough? How can we teach mindfulness as a foundation for helping kids to address the challenges they face every day, including disagreements with friends, sibling rivalry, academics, bias, bullying, and injustice? How can we teach mindfulness-based social and emotional learning as a means for kids to achieve their own goals in life and to work for the changes they’d like to see in the world?
If these questions resonate with you, please join us for a morning of learning, conversation, sharing of ideas, and building community.
Date: Saturday, January 25, 2020
Time: 8:45 am to 1 pm
Location: Horace Mann Elementary School, 4430 Newark St NW, Washington DC
Cost: $35 per person
Note: DCPS Educators may also register for a session of small group conversation with DCPS SEL Specialists from 1:15 to 1:45.
Continental breakfast, Conflict Resolution Anchor Chart and Certificate of Completion included with your registration.
Our keynote speaker, Dr. William Blake, Director of Social and Emotional Learning for DC Public Schools, will share with us the approach DCPS is taking to integrating Mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning system-wide in support of student and teacher well-being.
A student panel of Peace of Mind students and alumni will talk about how they use mindfulness and conflict resolution skills to address challenges.
Small group workshops will focus on Teaching Applied Mindfulness for PreK-Grade 6; A collaborative conversation for Early Childhood Educators; Self-Care for Educators; an Administrator Focused session, and more.
AND – Special post-conference event: All DCPS Educators are invited to a special post-conference conversation with SEL Specialists Krystal Butler and Bodé Aking to share experiences, best practices and problem-solving relevant to PoM implementation and management within DCPS. Your chance to ask questions, get support and be heard!
Peace of Mind Conference 2019 Highlights
Conference Keynote by Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman, Neuroscientist
Videos filmed and edited by Lisa Luo, Videographer. Thank you Lisa!
You can find additional information about the hows and whys of teaching brain science to kids in our online course called Budding Brains.