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Thursday, July 16 • 11:45am - 12:50pm
Mindfulness: Beyond the Buzzword

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Mindfulness is the current "hot topic", highlighted in education websites worldwide. Adopted by corporations such as Google and Microsoft, used by Olympic athletes, and seen as a benefit for performance artists and musicians, mindfulness is not a new concept, yet it is generating deep interest, as a recent boost in published scientific research points to great benefits in attention, focus, health, and even happiness. What classroom doesn't benefit from joyful students who are truly engaged in the process of learning? The benefits of mindfulness in schools are myriad, yet the first steps involve educators digging deeply into the theories and practices of mindfulness, in order to understand it better and feel confident about the strategies being useful and practical. This interactive, highly entertaining session will give an overview of the history and development of what is now called the "mindfulness movement", and an explanation of findings in the area of cognitive science and learning with regard to mindfulness, compassion, and empathy. A basic introduction to a personal mindfulness practice, plus techniques for practically applying mindfulness in the classroom, will also be a part of this session.

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Caitlin Krause

Caitlin Krause, M.F.A., Mindfulness, Leadership and Curriculum Consultant, MindWise
Caitlin E. Krause is a mindfulness consultant, international speaker, writer, and global educator, passionate about learning and interactive expressive technologies. She works hands-on with various projects related to technology, mindfulness, innovation, neuroscience, writing, creativity, compassion, and education. Invested in integrated learning programs and philosophies, Caitlin has experience in international education and business consulting... Read More →

Thursday July 16, 2015 11:45am - 12:50pm
St. James Room Boston Park Plaza