October 5, 2016

Sponsored by the Crim Fitness Foundation

All Genesee County Superintendents and Principals are invited to join us on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the Mott Community College Event Center for lunch and a presentation on Mindfulness given by Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the pioneering researchers in the field of Mindfulness. During this free live presentation Jon Kabat-Zinn will share his expertise, clarity and wisdom about this valuable tool for bringing health and healing to us as individuals and our community.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness practice teaches us to live fully in the present moment, with the intention of creating an inner calmness and balance that allows us to focus our attention. Schools across the country are integrating Mindfulness programs and practices. The Crim Foundation provides training, parent information, and classroom support.

Why Should Schools Promote Mindfulness Practices?

Our brains need downtime. We are constantly bombarded by content: over 38 gigabytes every day and over 100,000 words. One gigabyte can be compared to a full-length movie or a symphony in high-fidelity sound. In essence, we are becoming addicted to continual stimulation, running on auto-pilot.

Our children are experiencing this overload, too. And many are living in high-stress environments, particularly those living in poverty. With constant stress, the brain cannot develop as it was meant to. Stressed students are physiologically unable to learn.

"Just Breathe" by Julie Bayer Salzman & Josh Salzman (Wavecrest Films)
Mindful Schools In-Class Instruction

Does Mindfullness Make a Difference?

A regular mindfulness practice can reduce stress levels, improve focus, and help regulate behavior. Researchers are exploring the impact of Mindfulness on teachers and student learning. In a 2014 study with ninety-nine 4th and 5th graders, those who practiced mindfulness exercises had 15% better math scores that those who did not. "When Teachers Take a Breath, Students Can Bloom" shares an overview of a study on CARE (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience for Educators" training for teachers who work in high-poverty schools. The infographic below represents the results that teachers reported:
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RSVP and Questions?

You may also RSVP by email to Linnae Sauvola at lsauvola@geneseeisd.org or by phone to (810) 591-4403, by Wednesday, September 28, 2016. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Superintendent Lisa Hagel at (810) 591-4403.