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Based on the unique experiences of presenter James Butler, M.Ed., a former early childhood educator and current mindfulness specialist, this edWebinar focuses on making mindfulness work in your school. Learn about the connection between mindfulness and self-care, the basics of what mindfulness is and isn’t, the importance of focusing on the adult first, ideas for student and staff buy-in, and simple strategies for using mindfulness in the classroom and in a schoolwide community.
James, an educator for 16 years, shares his personal experience of using mindfulness to help him deal with the stresses of life and education, how he successfully implemented mindfulness practices with students from as young as four to high school seniors, and how he helped an urban school district with 130 schools embrace mindfulness as a means to support social-emotional learning and growth for adults and students alike.
This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK-12 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, and counselors, as well as anyone interested in how to start mindfulness on their campus or in their classroom, or how to grow the mindfulness practices that already exist.
About the Presenter
James Butler, M.Ed. has been teaching kindergarten and pre-kindergarten since 2002. He has a B.S. in education and early childhood from Indiana’s Manchester University and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University. He is now the SEL (social-emotional learning) mindfulness specialist for the Austin Independent School District (AISD), working with teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and preK–12 students. During the 2016–2017 school year, James helped implement a mindfulness curriculum in all 130 AISD campuses. He lives in Austin, Texas.
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