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What We Can Learn from Children About Mindfulness to Transform Our Learning Environments
Wednesday, October 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Joy Erwin, Professor of Education, Montclair State University, NJ, Department of Teaching and Learning, Graduate Programs in Early Childhood and Elementary Inclusive Education
Hosted by Jennifer Lewis, President at Gryphon House, Inc.
Sponsored by Gryphon House
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Imagine feeling a sense of calm and focus, and transmitting that positive energy to children regardless of what is happening in the external world. The purpose of this edWebinar is to critically examine the joy and power of presence in education. Dr. Elizabeth Joy Erwin, Professor of Education at Montclair State University, discusses:
- Why we have so much to learn from children, especially the youngest ones
- How to develop a culture of mindfulness and how to maintain it over time
- Simple mindfulness practices to engage in starting now
Viewers will gain a deeper understanding of how to practice mindfulness together with young children. By discovering how to integrate simple ideas and practical strategies to calm the body and quiet the mind, educators can select the exact tools they want to ensure all children learn and thrive.
Additional benefits of attending this edWebinar include thinking more expansively about the connections between social justice and mindfulness and exploring why reflective inquiry can transform our own learning and teaching. Through a variety of diverse educator, family, and child voices, participants will gain knowledge and tools for a wide menu of classroom-based and individualized mindfulness practices (i.e., breathing, meditation, yoga, guided imagery).
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-5 teachers, librarians, therapists, and school and district leaders.
About the Presenter
Dr. Elizabeth Joy Erwin is Professor of Education at Montclair State University in New Jersey where she prepares current and future teachers to think critically, reflect deeply and teach inclusively. Over the past 25 years, the commitment to educational equity for young children with disabilities has been at the heart of her teaching and research with a focus on mindfulness, families, and inclusive education. In pursuit of social action—locally and globally—Dr. Erwin has published widely in prestigious academic journals, authored multiple books and chapters, and accepted invitations to teach about inclusive early childhood worldwide. Dr. Erwin currently lives in New York City where she practices yoga and meditation every day.
About the Host
Jennifer Lewis is the president at Gryphon House, Inc., the leading publisher of educational resources for teachers and parents.
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