Mindfulness in Education

Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute
Presented by the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing
Hosted by Roosevelt High School
June 18, 19, and 20, 2018
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM:  check-in/registration (first day), coffee & networking
8:30 AM - 2:30 PM:  Summer Institute Mindfulness programming
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM:  Optional Group Practice

Optional Retreat: June 21, 2018
9 AM to 3:30 PM

Roosevelt High School
4029 S 28th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Cost (includes lunch all three days of the institute)
  • Sponsor: $350
  • Standard: $300
  • UMAA Member: $270
  • Optional retreat: $75
  • UMAA Member: $67.50
If your district will be sending groups of 5 or more, please contact us at mindprg@umn.edu to learn more about our group discounts.
Registration for the Summer Institute will close at noon on Friday, June 15 or when the event registration reaches the capacity.

CEUs available to participants upon completion of the Institute
About the Summer Institute

Stressors such as shrinking budgets, increased class sizes, teacher attrition and burnout combined with large numbers of students who have experienced trauma call attention to the pressing need for innovations that promote wellbeing in school communities. The Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute brings together researchers and educators for three days of professional learning and discussion on mindfulness research and research-informed practices to address the urgent needs in schools.

This opportunity is open to educators and education leaders regardless of experience with mindfulness. The institute has suggested program schedules for educators that are new to mindfulness, more experienced mindfulness practitioners who wish to explore education applications and programs, and education leaders interested in integrating mindfulness programs within their schools.

Drawing from the rich expertise of the University of Minnesota and Twin Cities community, the Center’s Mindfulness in Education Summer Institute will address topics relevant to educators and education leaders:
  • Current state of mindfulness research
  • Role of mindfulness in education
  • Research-informed evaluation of available mindfulness programs
  • Mindfulness, equity, and culturally responsive practices
The institute also offers hands-on learning experiences and teaching demonstrations in movement and sitting practices for participants seeking guidance in how to begin a mindfulness practice and how to engage students in mindfulness practices.

A key feature of the institute is the in-depth look at the Bakken Center’s Mindfulness in Education Initiative partnership program with a local school. The Center’s program addresses teacher wellbeing and the teaching of mindfulness practices through an innovative professional development model. Program sessions include an overview of the program, experiences from the teacher participants, and teaching demonstrations.

Keynote speakers include:
  • Dr. Phil Zelazo, Nancy M. and John E. Lindahl Professor, Department of Psychology, Center for Neurobehavioral Development, University of Minnesota
  • Tommy Woon, MA, retired equity and inclusion administrator, Stanford, Dartmouth, Naropa, Macalester, and former chair of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute's board
  • Dr. Michael Yellowbird, Professor of Sociology, Director, Indigenous Tribal Studies, North Dakota State University
Additional presenters from the Bakken Center include Dr. Douglas Kennedy, Mindfulness in Education Initiative lead, and Alex Haley, mindfulness program lead.

Scholarships to attend the Institute are available. Please contact mindprg@umn.edu or 612-625-8164 to inquire about scholarships or with any questions you may have about the event.
About the Optional Retreat
Extend your summer institute experience at our day-long silent retreat on the University of Minnesota campus. Participants will spend the day in silent meditation, yoga, qi gong, and walking practices led by Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing faculty. Mats, cushions, and benches will be provided for participant use. All levels of meditation experience are welcome. Pack a bag lunch and water bottle for a day of practice with other educators in our meditation space.
Register Below

To request accessibility accommodations, please contact Molly Buss, event manager (612-625-8164, bussx057@umn.edu).