Incorporating Mindfulness in Our Lives
Wednesday, October 18 @ Olean Meditation Center from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
(Registration limited to first 50 due to space)
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"Teaching is inherently a stressful occupation, and by many accounts, it's getting more so.  Students bring the effects of poverty and trauma into the classroom.  Administrators lay on the pressure to meet ever-changing standards.  In the last few years, teacher job satisfaction has reportedly plummeted to a 25-year low, and turnover is high--almost 50 percent for new teachers."(1)  Incorporating mindfulness aims to help teachers become the change they wish to see in the world.  NYS Department of Education has included mindfulness in their discussion of ways to promote a safe and supportive school climate and helping develop coping strategies in kids that become stressed and anxious.

This workshop will focus on providing hands-on tools educators and student/child support professionals can use in their daily lives and with the children they teach/assist.  This workshop is free for all participants and you are encouraged to bring your own mat for some floor work along with wearing comfortable clothing; shoes will not be worn in the building.  The target audience includes teachers PreK-16, preservice teachers, school administrators, student/child support professionals, and community members such as librarians.  Group collaboration will be part of the afternoon program.

Time-Ordered Agenda:
8:30 - 8:45        Registration
8:45 - 9:00        Welcome & Introductions
9:00 - 9:30        Floor work:  Morning Aspiration & stretch led by Kristin Buchholz
9:30 - 9:45        Break & setup
9:45 - 11:15      Dr. Lisa Napora:  Keynote on The Mindfulness Movement & Your Role in Fostering Wellbeing
11:15 - 11:30    Meditative silent walk outdoors (weather permitting)
11:35 - 12:20    Lunch
Set up 6 groups:  4 teacher groups (PreK-2, 3-5, MS/JH, HS), student/child support professionals, community (librarians, etc.)
12:20 - 1:50      Dr. Rosa D'Abate: How to develop a mindfulness program in a school setting
1:50 - 2:25        Group collaboration, discussion, and sharing
2:30 - 2:50        Exit survey & closing
2:50 - 3:00        Closing meditation led by Kristin Buccholz

Bio Information:
Kristin Buchholz--art teacher @ Genesee Valley CSD; Kripala Yoga in the Schools (KYIS) Certified Teacher; Radiant Child Yoga, 200 hour Certified Teacher
Dr. Lisa Napora--is an educator, researcher, system's thinker, and consultant in the areas of Contemplative Education & Contemplative Leadership, specializing in contemplative community building for social change.  She serves as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Learning & Instruction at the University of Buffalo, and Chair of the Western New York Contemplative Community Building Alliance, an interdisciplinary inter-institutional collaborative of higher education, health care, and K-12 professionals in the WNY area.  Lisa served as Project Director for the groundbreaking Launching SUNY Initiatives in Mindfulness & Health conference, the first SUNY-funded mindfulness conference, which brought together 400 people from 50 institutions of higher education and 10 K-12 schools across NY State.  She also teaches at Daemen College in the Executive Leadership & Change master's degree program.  Her work promotes the infusion of awareness-based practices within all systems and sectors - building bridges to engage while systems for wellbeing.
Dr. Rosa D'Abate--holds a PHD in Reading Education from the University of NY @ Buffalo & is currently the Coordinator of Student Services for the Williamsville CSD.  She has prior experience as a high school math teacher and school psychologist.  Rosa has worked with pre-K to college-age students in a variety of settings (rural, suburban, urban, public, and private) as an instructor, psychologist, or district administrator.  Further, Rosa is a certified Yoga instructor who has been practicing yoga and mindfulness for over 20 years.  As Coordinator of Student Services, she has presented professional development in mindfulness practices to social workers, counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, and classroom teachers for their use with students.  Currently, Rosa is involved in the Williamsville CSD's comprehensive mindfulness initiative supporting K-8 classroom practices.

Sources that support using mindfulness in schools:
(1)    https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2016/08/19/why-teachers-say-practicing-mindfulness-is-transforming-the-work/
(4) Mindful Classrooms Guide (w/links to different Mindfulness Programs)