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Three Mindful School
Leaders

Kirsten Olson, Ed.D., PCC
EARCOS 2013
1
Corwin Press 2014
2
My co-author!

Valerie Brown, ordained by Thich Nhat Hahn as a
Member of the Tiep Hien Order in 2003,
Former lawyer,
Now r...
“MINDFULNESS
IS AWARENESS, CULTIVATED
BY
PAYING ATTENTION ON
PURPOSE,
IN THE PRESENT MOMENT,
NON-JUDGMENTALLY.”
-JON KABAT...
5
WHY PRACTICE
MINDFULNESS?

6
• The “separated
• Human
• New

self ”

biology: fight, flight, freeze

understandings of cognitive implications of

stress
...
“THE UNTRAINED MIND IS LIKE A YOUNG PUPPY,
RUNNING WILD THROUGH THE HOUSE,
SOILING THE FURNITURE, AND DESPITE ITS PLAYFULN...
MINDFULNESS BENEFITS

• Helps

train attention, focus, creativity

• Helps

create self-awareness, better self-management
...
Free mindfulness practices available...

10
LEADER #1
Breath practice 3 times a day

Superintendent of large public school system
on West Coast: budget shortfall due ...
LEADER #2
Daily Meditation
Daily Breath Practice
Daily Body Scan
Asks Staff to Begin Meetings With a Pause

Chief Academic...
LEADER #3
-Mindfulness central PD focus for 2 years
-Key Staff Members Participated in MBSR or
MINDFUL SCHOOLS program
-Br...
PRACTICE!
• Most

require support to get started

• Hard

to know “if it’s working...”

• Keep

going

• Small

commitment...
Resources To Get Started
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•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan (2012)

•
•

Insight Meditation Cente...
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3 Mindful School Leaders

  1. 1. Three Mindful School Leaders Kirsten Olson, Ed.D., PCC EARCOS 2013 1
  2. 2. Corwin Press 2014 2
  3. 3. My co-author! Valerie Brown, ordained by Thich Nhat Hahn as a Member of the Tiep Hien Order in 2003, Former lawyer, Now retreat leader and leadership coach 3
  4. 4. “MINDFULNESS IS AWARENESS, CULTIVATED BY PAYING ATTENTION ON PURPOSE, IN THE PRESENT MOMENT, NON-JUDGMENTALLY.” -JON KABAT-ZINN Professor of Medicine Emeritus at University of Massachusetts, and founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic 4
  5. 5. 5
  6. 6. WHY PRACTICE MINDFULNESS? 6
  7. 7. • The “separated • Human • New self ” biology: fight, flight, freeze understandings of cognitive implications of stress • Positive neuroplasticity (Rick Hanson) 7
  8. 8. “THE UNTRAINED MIND IS LIKE A YOUNG PUPPY, RUNNING WILD THROUGH THE HOUSE, SOILING THE FURNITURE, AND DESPITE ITS PLAYFULNESS, UPSETTING EVERYONE AND RULING THE ROOST.” -KARUNA CAYTON, THE MISLEADING MIND (2012) 8
  9. 9. MINDFULNESS BENEFITS • Helps train attention, focus, creativity • Helps create self-awareness, better self-management • Can build more positive mental habits in place of old ones • “Well-being is a choice.” 9
  10. 10. Free mindfulness practices available... 10
  11. 11. LEADER #1 Breath practice 3 times a day Superintendent of large public school system on West Coast: budget shortfall due to state fiscal crisis and performance pressures intensifying as school population becomes more diverse 11
  12. 12. LEADER #2 Daily Meditation Daily Breath Practice Daily Body Scan Asks Staff to Begin Meetings With a Pause Chief Academic Officer of charter school in urban Northeast. Highly competitive charter school environment; her network of her charter schools have declining test performance. 12
  13. 13. LEADER #3 -Mindfulness central PD focus for 2 years -Key Staff Members Participated in MBSR or MINDFUL SCHOOLS program -Brings mindfulness leaders to campus for lectures/retreats -Students involved/trained in mindfulness practices Independent K-12 in mid-West. 13
  14. 14. PRACTICE! • Most require support to get started • Hard to know “if it’s working...” • Keep going • Small commitments that build • Mindfulness • Many apps Susan Piver Open Heart Project http:// susanpiver.com/ open-heartproject/ free online meditation programs 14
  15. 15. Resources To Get Started • • • • • • • • • • Search Inside Yourself, Chade-Meng Tan (2012) • • Insight Meditation Centers and Retreats http://www.dharma.org/meditation-retreats Mindfulness For Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn (2012) Mindful Schools http://www.mindfulschools.org/resources/healthy-habits-of-mind/ A Hidden Wholeness, Parker Palmer (2004) Mindful Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness, Deborah Schoeberlein (2009) Mindfulness in Education Network http://www.mindfuled.org http://www.mindfuled.org Mind and Life Institute http://www.mindandlife.org UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22 Be The Change, Ed and Deb Shapiro (2009) Sounds True Meditation and Guided Practice catalog http://www.soundstrue.com/shop/ Meditation-and-Guided-Practices/browse/2 Review of mindfulness apps http://www.mindful.org/mindful-magazine/mindfulness-apps 15

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