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Mindfulness & SEL – CTI Induction

Mindfulness &
Social and Emotional Learning

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Dr. Kurt Kowalski

Dr. Kowalski has conducted research in educational assessment, children’s cognitive and social-emotional functioning, and, most recently, mindfulness-based interventions for stress reduction and wellness. Dr. Kowalski has over 25 years of experience in mindfulness-based practices and has studied with teachers throughout the United States and Japan. His current research interests are in the areas of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness-based interventions in psychology and education.

Kurt Kowalski,, Ph.D.

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Mindfulness &
Social and Emotional Learning

Building Resilience and Managing Stress in Difficult Times

Teaching is a challenging occupation and these are difficult times! Participants will learn, and practice, research-based mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies for coping with stress, building resilience, and supporting wellbeing. Some of the practices teachers learn in the session can be adapted to support the Social Emotional Learning and development of their students.

Audience: CTI Induction Coaches and Candidates.

Mindful Self-Compassion for Educators

Teachers are nurturers and caregivers but often forget to care for themselves. Sometimes we can be more critical of ourselves and our own mistakes or “failures” than we would be of a friend or even a stranger. Participants will learn an evidence-based approach to address this inner critic and cultivate healthy self-compassion in order to cope with difficulty, increase wellbeing, reduce “caregiver burnout” and cultivate a kinder and more sustainable approach to meeting work and life challenges. Some of the practices teachers learn in the session can be adapted to support the Social Emotional Learning and development of their students.

Audience: CTI Induction Coaches and Candidates.

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Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Understanding and Coping with Difficult Emotions

Life and work sometimes brings difficult and painful events and feelings. Participants will learn, and practice, research-based Social Emotional Learning (SEL), and mindfulness approaches for understanding and coping with the full range of human emotions, including difficult feelings, such as anger, anxiety, and sadness. By learning to understand and create space for our feelings, we can begin to shift from reacting to responding and learn to be more effective in work and relationships. Some of the practices teachers learn in the session can be adapted to support the Social Emotional Learning and development of their students.

Audience: CTI Induction Coaches and Candidates.

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Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Mindfulness and Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) for Educators (4 Day Event)

This four session in depth course is geared towards educators and will provide participants with research based knowledge and tools for managing stress, balancing emotions, reducing burnout, and enhancing wellbeing. Research demonstrates that mindfulness and SEL practices are effective at addressing a number of issues, including chronic stress, anxiety, depression, and burnout. Participants will learn mindfulness and SEL principles and practices that can be applied in their daily life to enhance work performance, emotional wellbeing and life satisfaction. Many of the practices teachers learn in the course can be adapted to support the Social Emotional Learning and development of their students.

Audience: CTI Induction Coaches and Candidates.