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Mindfulness for Teachers


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Patricia A. Jennings, MEd, PhD, is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student well-being and learning. She is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Daniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, founding co-director of UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, founding co-investigator at the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. Dr. Siegel's psychotherapy practice spans thirty years, and he has published extensively for the professional audience. He serves as the Founding Editor for theNorton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which includes over three dozen textbooks. Dr. Siegel's books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, M.Ed.), and the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.), and his latest No-Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D.). He has been invited to lecture for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and TEDx. For more information about his educational programs and resources, please visit:


"[Jennings'] careful research on how teachers can employ mindfulness in the classroom is vital to the field. This book ... can help teachers continually find the spirit of joy and engagement that brought them to teaching in the first place." -- Mindful "Patricia Jennings has topflight expertise in mindful education, and shares it with other teachers in a reader-friendly, useful way. Mindfulness for Teachers offers a suite of practical tools for building a more positive, compassionate classroom-one where teachers do their best and students can shine. This book deserves your full, mindful focus." -- Daniel Goleman, PhD, author of Emotional Intelligence "Mindfulness for Teachers draws on research, theory, and Patricia Jennings' extensive experience in education to present a very readable set of guidelines for creating a mindful and caring classroom. This impressive book should be required reading for teachers during their training. The ideas here will help any teacher develop a greater awareness and find greater joy and personal fulfillment in teaching." -- Mark T. Greenberg, PhD, Bennett Chair of Prevention Research, Pennsylvania State University "This book is a wonderful resource for teachers. Patricia Jennings has a real understanding of the challenges teachers face. Utilizing her strong foundation in mindfulness practices, she provides effective exercises and a wealth of information to support educators both inside and outside the classroom." -- Sharon Salzberg, Co-Founder of the Insight Meditation Society and Author of Real Happiness "This book provides strategies for all educators to use their emotional energy to their advantage. Bringing the myriad of ways that mindfulness is a timeless component of pedagogy to readers' attention, Jennings demonstrates how attuning to their own emotions will allow educators to fully engage as creative professionals with individual students. Mindfulness for Teachers emphasizes that to truly connect with the hearts and minds of our students, teachers must first sustain their own presence and wellness." -- Linda Rosenbury, Middle School Principal, New York City Public Schools "Jennings blends years of personal practice with classroom experience and research to create a pertinent resource for any teacher wishing to begin or enrich a cultivation of mindfulness. An understanding of the human brain, and its' reactions to stress, are provided as a pathway to guide teachers to build a self-care practice that acts as a model for students and a foundation for classroom wellness. Through refined attention to and mindfulness of daily habits and actions, Jennings illustrates how repeated forms of inquiry can operate as pedagogical techniques for learning." -- Jennifer Dauphinais, Magnet Resource Teacher, Quinnipiac STEM Magnet School, New Haven, CT "Essential information on a subtle topic, presented with clarity and simplicity, and beautifully written, Patricia Jennings "gets it" about being a teacher. She has been there, and now she is back with a great story about the enormous value of mindfulness, and she has the evidence to back it up. Teachers, take one of your most valuable possessions-your time-to read this thoughtful and thorough book!" -- Robert L. Selman, PhD, Roy E. Larsen Professor of Human Development and Education and Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Harvard University

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