One Week to Go! Workshop Offerings for Budding Brains

We are officially down to the final days before our Budding Brains Mini-Conference. All registrations include a FREE copy of the Rosie’s Brain storybook by Linda Ryden, and a FREE Brain Anchor chart designed by the Peace of Mind team for teaching neuroscience to children. Just a few spaces are left –  register today at Eventbrite. 

In addition to our fabulous Neuroscientist keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman, workshops at the conference will be offered by Linda. Liz, Janine, and Jillian. Read below for descriptions of their informative breakout sessions:

Teaching Mindfulness & Neuroscience to Early Childhood Students with Jillian Diesner, Ed.S., LPC – Participants will walk through several lessons from the Peace of Mind Early Childhood Curriculum with the author, using the Brain Anchor Chart, Brainy the Hand Puppet, and original scripts to help young children understand what is happening inside their brains.

Teaching Mindfulness & Neuroscience to Upper Elementary Students with Linda Ryden, Peace of Mind Founder – Participants will walk through several lessons from the Peace of Mind 3-5th grades Curriculum with the author, using the Rosie’s Brain storybook and original skits to help older children understand what is happening inside their brains.

Establishing a Personal Mindfulness Practice (for beginners!) with Janine Rudder, MA – In this interactive workshop participants will explore mindfulness principles and how they can be applied to developing a beginning mindfulness practice.

Establishing a Group Mindfulness Practice (for those who’d like to expand their own practice), with Liz Whisnant, Principal – Interested in establishing or strengthening a mindful learning practice across your school community? Join the principal of Mann ES, which began its journey a few years ago, to learn about possible models, entry points and levers for success. Participants will brainstorm positive scenarios for action in their own school communities, including pushing mindfully through obstacles in the path.

Special thanks to our sponsors for this event:

Meet Our Keynote Speaker – Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman, Ph.D.

In just a few short weeks, our first Mini-Conference will be here! On January 26th we will gather in Washington, DC to learn more about integrating mindfulness with neuroscience while working with children. Our Keynote speaker, Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman, is Program Manager of the national  ABCD study (Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development) with the National Institutes of Health. She has an exciting and informative presentation planned for us that not only tells about where they are with the ABCD study, but also draws on her years of research and work with children. You won’t want to miss it!

Bio: Elizabeth Hoffman is a neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health where she studies adolescent health and brain development.  In 2014 Elizabeth returned to DC after living in Beijing for 6 years where she taught psychology to international high school students.  Prior to moving to China, Elizabeth was an American Psychological Association Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate, taught neuroscience at Georgetown University, and conducted brain research at NIH for about 10 years. She received her Ph.D. in neuropsychology from The George Washington University and her B.A. in psychology and French from Brandeis University.

Get your tickets to hear Dr. Hoffman and participate in hands-on workshops now! Special thanks to our food sponsors Bullfrog Bagels, Kind Bars, and Squeaky Pops.

Neuroscience For the New Year

Happy New Year! We are busy preparing for our upcoming conference on teaching neuroscience to children. Sound like too complex a topic to be introducing to children as young as four? Well, we know the brain is a highly sophisticated organ, but we believe it is so important to have a basic knowledge of what it does that we make it a cornerstone of our work with children. Not only is mindfulness based on brain science, conflict resolution becomes a much easier task when children understand what’s going on in their brains. How do we know this? Because we’ve seen it in action, over and over, during the past decade of working with our students during Peace Class!

For our first-ever mini-conference, we’ve decided to focus on this topic in order to help other educators and parents bring this information to the children they care about. Not only will we hear from a local neuroscientist on the latest research in the field, we will also have breakout sessions for learning more about  HOW we teach this complex subject matter to elementary-aged children. For the New Year, resolve to bring this important information to your students. Reserve your spot today at Eventbrite! 

Thank you to our generous sponsors: