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Wednesday, February 26 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Mindfulness and SEL

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As educators, introducing mindfulness into our own lives and the lives of our students is perhaps the greatest gift we can offer ourselves. Mindfulness builds emotional intelligence, boosts happiness, increases curiosity and engagement, reduces stress and anxiety, and helps kids (and adults) focus, learn, and make better choices. This session on bringing mindfulness to yourself first, then to students, will share proven practices and how to integrate these practices into your classroom and schools. You will examine the research behind mindfulness in education and its effect on learning and emotions. You will learn how to harness the benefits of staying present to bring more awareness to yourself and your students, including at-risk youth and those with special needs. Discover ways to incorporate mindfulness into a broad range of activities, using technology, movement, music, games, writing, art, and more. Participants will be introduced to the many smartphone and tablet applications that help people of all ages practice mindfulness. There are currently many free as well as paid applications that promote a mindful practice for teachers as well as students.

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Lauren Beversdorf

Spanish Teacher, Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor, Bannockburn School and Core Power Yoga
Lauren teaches K-8 Spanish at Bannockburn School in Bannockburn, IL. With 18+ years of experience working with all age groups, she also coordinates, designs and implements SEL and mindfulness curricula and multi-age lessons for students and fellow educators. She received her mindfulness... Read More →

Wednesday February 26, 2020 12:45pm - 1:45pm CST
Utopia C