The Contemplative Teaching and Learning Field Development program seeks to produce positive change in American public schools by promoting the development, testing and use of contemplative or mindfulness-based approaches for teachers and students. It seeks to do so through research partnerships with scientists, educators and other experts, advocacy, and dissemination of information. The goal involves two objectives:
i. Promote cross-fertilization of ideas, and initiate and participate in research partnerships among scientists and other experts in the fields of education, psychology, human development and neuroscience to explore developmentally appropriate ways to employ contemplative or mindfulness-based approaches in school settings. To accomplish this goal, we convene multidisciplinary forums to bring together leading researchers and educators, disseminate information about research, promote partnerships, and collaborate with researchers to develop evidence-based programs for applying contemplative approaches to teacher education.
II. Engage in dissemination and advocacy activities leading to the increased introduction, use and institutionalization of awareness and concentration techniques among teachers and children in school settings and to their integration within the broader educational and scientific communities. We develop strategic partnerships with like-minded institutions to expand and develop the field; present research findings broadly through conferences, articles and books reporting our results and developments in the field. See our list of partnerships and like-minded organizations.
Mindfulness in Education: Cultivating the Social and Emotional Competencies of Educators. November 2013. This symposium will explore how, within the formal systems of educator training, contemplative practices can cultivate the social, emotional and cognitive competencies of educators to ensure personal wellbeing, professional efficacy and their ability to promote positive school cultures. The program will engage participants in focused, dialogue that is facilitated to provoke free interchange of ideas, opinions and expertise supported by periods of contemplative practice. Patricia (Tish) Jennings will be offering a keynote address entitled “Mindful Awareness & Education in the 21st Century." Learn more about the 2013 CTL symposium here.