PoM Conferences

Peace of Mind’s Annual Conference brings educators, mental health practitioners, parents and researchers together for learning and connection. Join us in 2022!

2021  * 2020 * 2019


January 2022: What Our Kids Need Now

How Teaching Mindfulness, SEL and Social Justice for PreK-8 can help this year

Saturday, January 29th, 2022 * 10:30 am to 2:30 pm EST * on Zoom

Register here!

Would you like to spend a morning with like-minded educators learning, connecting and getting inspired?

Come to The Peace of Mind Conference 2022!  We warmly invite you to join our annual gathering of teachers, counselors, social workers and others interested in teaching mindfulness-based SEL, conflict resolution and social justice to students in PreK-8.  You can expect an interactive, rich and enjoyable few hours of learning, mindfulness and community. 

Through panels, workshops, small group discussions and whole group conversations we will explore: what our kids actually need now; how Peace of Mind is being implemented in trauma-sensitive ways in a variety of school settings; and how mindfulness can be a powerful foundation for exploring and addressing social justice challenges. 

We have a “pay what you can” conference fee this year.  We want to make it possible for all to attend while also paying honorariums to our speakers, most of whom are educators and school mental health professionals taking time out of their full lives to share their perspectives and wisdom with us.   When you register, choose the price that is right for you.

Agenda and Speakers coming soon!

Register here!


January 2021: Supporting Ourselves and Our Students through the Pandemic

January 30, 2021 from 10 am to 12:30 pm  on zoom

For the full Conference Video and information about our Speakers, Speakers’ slides, and our conference agenda, please visit our 2021 Conference Page. 

 


January 2020:  Breathing is Just the Beginning

Helping Kids Apply Mindfulness to Meet Life’s Challenges with Skill and Compassion * January 25, 2020 * Washington DC

Conference Highlights

Keynote Speaker: Dr. William Blake, Director of Social and Emotional Learning, District of Columbia Public Schools

Thank you to our sponsors Bullfrog Bagels and Fund for the Future of our Children

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?

Our keynote speaker, Dr. William Blake, Director of Social and Emotional Learning for DC Public Schools, shared 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 talked eloquently about how they use mindfulness and conflict resolution skills to address challenges.

Small group workshops focused 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.

All DCPS Educators were 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.


January 2019: Budding Brains

Integrating Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Conflict Resolution for Kids * January 26, 2019 * Washington DC

Conference 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.