Mindfulness for Special Educators
Beginning September 2016
Educator Well-Being is Critical
The everyday stresses of teaching and supporting students are well documented and can take a toll on health and well-being. Learning mindfulness practices can help. Mindfulness can be cultivated to enhance your ability to focus and regulate emotions. There are more than 30 years of research supporting the effectiveness of establishing a regular mindfulness practice.
Class Meets Weekly for 8 weeks
This after-school course will be held from 4 to 6 PM at your choice of two locations: Oakland Schools Main Campus in Waterford or Novi Meadows Elementary. Participants will learn a variety of mindfulness techniques (meditation, gentle movement, and emotional awareness exercises) as well as join in group discussion. Participants are expected to attend weekly 2 hour classes as well as one 6 hour session on a Sunday in Novi. Classes at OS begin Monday, September 12th. Classes in Novi begin Tuesday September 13th.
Dr. Rita Benn, Course Instructor
Founder of the MC4ME and University of Michigan Faculty Member
MC4ME (Michigan Collaborative for Mindfulness in Education) is committed to teacher and student well-being. If you are interested in teaching mindfulness to students, you must have your own mindfulness practice. Dr. Benn leads similar classes for University of Michigan faculty and medical students.
Register through the Oakland Schools Event Management website or use these links:
Oakland Schools Sessions:
Novi Meadows Elementary Sessions:
Enrollment is limited to Oakland County Public School Special Educators (Teachers, TCs, School Psychs, SSWs, SLPs and Sp Ed Administrators).