The Mindful Educator: A workshop for educational professionals

Posted by | Oct 5, 2014

by LDAYR and Evoke Learning

A 2013 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) survey identified that 73 per cent of high school students and nearly 60 per cent of students in Grades 7 and 8 are worried about their future. In addition, 66 per cent of high school students and 40 per cent of students in Grades 7 and 8 said they were under a lot of stress “often or sometimes.” One in three high school students said they feel like crying. These survey results are not considered unique.

The impact of stress on today's learners is well documented.

Research is also drawing a clear link between mindfulness meditation, enhanced learning, and lowered stress. By cultivating mindfulness, students are better able to reduce both stress and error through the development of attentional skills, awareness, and decreasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) may be incorporated into various educational and mental health care settings to increase social-emotional intelligence and levels of concentration in all learners, while raising their overall level of well-being.

In this workshop, participants will survey a variety of contemporary and evidence-based applications of mindfulness meditation in the education system. This interactive workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn and practice various mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) that may be integrated into the implicit or explicit curriculum to create healthier classrooms and teachers. Participants will explore the tenets of Holistic Education using gentle movement, breath awareness practices and meditations. We will discuss how to incorporate mindfulness into various settings using a secular approach that can be utilized with individuals and/or groups.

In addition, the workshop will address how mindfulness techniques can be utilized with special needs populations and students with specific mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety and a history of trauma.

About the Speaker — Sarah Kinsley BA (Hons.), BEd, MEd Counseling Psychology

Sarah Kinsley is the coordinator of the Embodied Mind stream of the Applied Mindfulness Meditation program in Continuing Education at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. She has been a Primary school teacher, and a Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) in Ontario and abroad. Most recently she served at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) as a Child and Family therapist.

In addition, Sarah works as a facilitator and therapist at The Mindfulness Clinic, The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Outward Bound Canada and Mindfulness Without Borders, where she utilizes her training in Mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) including extensive training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

Sarah teaches classes, workshops and retreats in Canada and abroad, aiming to make each experience unique and accessible to all learners.

November 26, 2014

4:30pm — 6:30pm

York Catholic District School Board Office
320 Bloomington Road West
Aurora, ON L4G 0M1

$50 LDAYR members
$65 Non-LDAYR members

Workshop fees are transferable, but non-refundable.

How to Register:
905-884-7933 x 23