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The Educator's Role in Creating Mindful Kids

Available Until: 12/31/2017
Meena Srinivasan, Dan Siegel, Linda Lantieri, Daniel Rechtschaffen... See More

Bringing mindfulness into schools poses its own unique set of challenges. During this panel discussion from the 2015 Mindfulness & Education Conference, four leaders in the field of mindfulness and social and emotional learning share their personal stories, including challenges and successes.

Educator Meena Srinivasan talks about her efforts to bring mindfulness into schools in Oakland, California. Child psychiatrist Dan Siegel explains how his Mindsight work relates to mindfulness practices. Educator and social and emotional learning expert Linda Lantieri talks about how this work can change kids' lives. And marriage and family therapist Daniel Rechtschaffen talks about the importance of teachers integrating mindfulness into their own lives before teaching it to others.  

Omega cofounder Elizabeth Lesser moderates the conversation, which also covers the links between mindfulness and social justice and responds to criticism that mindfulness is being oversimplified and used as an "opiate of the people." 

The discussion ends with a 10-minute mindfulness practice guided by Daniel Rechtschaffen.

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Meena Srinivasan, MA, National Board Certified Teacher, is an international educator who has taught middle and high school in Brazil, India, and California, and is currently a program manager for the Oakland Unified School District’s Social Emotional Learning & Leadership Development Team. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network.

Dan Siegel, MD, is a New York Times bestselling author and the founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and executive director of the Mindsight Institute.

Linda Lantieri

Linda Lantieri, MA, author of Building Emotional Intelligence, has 40 years of experience in education as a former teacher, administrator, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City.

Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist, is author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He is the founding director of Mindful Education, a mindfulness and social emotional learning platform for educators. He teaches mindfulness through music, sports, storytelling, and games and is inspired to utilize mindfulness to help us become more conscious, compassionate, and committed to taking care of this miraculous world we live in. He organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education conference at the Omega Institute and speaks and teaches at conferences, schools, communities, and businesses worldwide.

Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute and the Omega Women's Leadership Center, is author of The Seeker’s Guide, the New York Times best seller Broken Open: How Difficult Times Can Help Us Grow, and the memoir Marrow: A Love Story. She has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, at the TED Women conference, and is a frequent speaker at conferences worldwide.