Mindfulness in the Classroom
The 2017 Westminster Teaching Symposium at Westminster School took place on

Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
 We hope you will consider joining us in 2018!

One of the great challenges for today’s schools is encouraging a culture of consistent and deep engagement with learning by both students and teachers in the classroom. More than simply “grit” – which has been much discussed of late – mindfulness implies a meaningful connection to the material under consideration, to what’s going on in the classroom and beyond, and with one’s self.
Dawa Tarchin Phillips, a visionary leader, teacher, author, and research specialist in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UC Santa Barbara, will be the keynote speaker. His research focuses on the cognitive, affective, and academic benefits of secular mindfulness training in school children, young adults, and educational leaders. Additional information is available at Awakened Leadership and Mindfulness in Business and Education. Following his address, Dawa will be available for Q&A during Session 1.
Educators from area schools will also share creative ways and their own experiences encouraging mindfulness in the classroom and deep engagement among their students.
The symposium is free of charge and open to educators at area schools.
The symposium is sponsored by the Westminster Teaching Initiative, which was formed in 2010 to enhance teaching and learning at Westminster School by encouraging collaboration and dialogue among faculty members and departments about curriculum and pedagogy. The purpose of the symposium is to widen this circle of sharing and allow teachers from area schools to come together, converse, and learn from one another. For more information, contact Charles Griffith, Director of the Westminster Teaching Initiative, at cgriffith@westminster-school.org or 860.408.3744.


8:15 to 8:45 a.m.
Registration opens

8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Keynote Address

10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Session One Presentations

10:50 to 11:35 a.m.
Session Two Presentations

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (Cushing Dining Hall)

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