How Mindfulness Can Transform the Classroom

“How are things going for you?” I asked Jan, a fourth-grade teacher participating in the federally funded research project being conducted in New York City. Jan had just completed the first two days of the CARE for Teachers mindfulness-based teacher professional development program and I had called her for a phone coaching session to see how she was doing as…

CARE for Teachers: Helping Teachers Keep Their Cool

“How’s it going?” I asked Susan, a second-grade teacher participating in the federally funded research project being conducted by the University of Virginia. Susan had completed the first session of the CARE for Teachers mindfulness-based teacher professional development program, and I had called her for a phone coaching session to see how she was doing as she practiced bringing a…

The Garrison Institute Marks a Decade of Leadership in Contemplative Education

When the Garrison Institute first launched its Contemplative Teaching and Learning (CTL) initiative in 2004, contemplative education was just emerging as a professional field. By supporting the work of pioneers in the field, convening major forums with thought leaders in the field, creating the seminal CARE for Teachers program, forming a CTL Leadership Council, and publishing a groundbreaking mapping survey…

Contemplative Education for Teacher Educators

    Small group discussions at the CTL symposium. Photo by Deborah Donahue-Keegan. Nearly one hundred teacher educators and teacher leaders from across the US and Canada, and from as far away as Israel and Colombia, participated the Garrison Institute’s Contemplative Teaching and Learning (CTL) Initiative’s annual symposium.  Held in late November with generous support from the 1440 Foundation and…

Incorporating Mindfulness Training Into Teacher Education

    CARE Training participants earlier this year Teacher stress and burnout are widespread and significant factors in the quality and costs of education. Evidence is mounting that contemplative practices are effective at reducing them.  Most recently, a study published in the journal Mind, Brain and Education trained a group of elementary school teachers in a form of Mindfulness-Based Stress…

Contemplative Practices in the Classroom

This illuminating new video about the Hawn Foundation’s MindUp Program is a good introduction to the today’s contemplative practices in the classroom. And it features Garrison Institute Initiative on Contemplation and Education Director Tish Jennings, Advisory Board member Dan Siegel and Education Leadership Council member Kim Schonert-Reichl.