Building a Vital Learning Community with Restorative and Mindful Practices

Building a Vital Learning Community with Restorative and Mindful Practices

August 3, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Hampton Inn & Conference Center
Lower Mountain View Road
$175 CVEDC members $225 non-members (light breakfast and lunch included)
Building a Vital Learning Community with Restorative and Mindful Practices @ Hampton Inn & Conference Center | Colchester | Vermont | United States

Presenter Info: Annie O’Shaughnessy, M.Ed in Mindfulness

Target Audience: Educators, Therapists, Leaders

Date: August 3, 2017 8:30 registration  9:00-3:30 light breakfast and lunch included

Morning Session

Experiential Understanding: We will begin the day by experiencing first hand how much easier it is to learn when we are focused, relaxed and connected, using Mindfulness and Restorative Practices.
Explicit Understanding: We will “unpack” the experience and build and/or review our working understanding of Mindfulness and Restorative Practices.
Research: We will then review research that points to mindfulness as a powerful tool for cultivating relaxed focus. And we will look at the emerging fields of Interpersonal Neurobiology and Social Neuroscience, shedding some light on how building connections with and between students creates the conditions for learning.
Making Connections: Using the circle process we will make connections between our learning so far today with the experiences and innate knowledge we hold.

Afternoon Session
Building the Tool Box: We will look at and reflect on the foundational skills and core values necessary for building a safe and vital learning community. Some examples:
Building Authentic Relationship without compassion fatigue, boundary crossing or burnout through Relational Mindfulness and Restorative Practices.
Cultivating Presence and Attunement and how that affects the learning environment.
• Using the Circle Process and agreement building to “rewire” how we relate, take turns, listen and talk.
• Using Embodied, Embedded and Explicit Mindfulness to regulate and empower students and teachers.
• Using Restorative Language to de-escalate, problem solve and build connections.
• Looking at all approaches through a Trauma-Informed lens with the idea that we all have challenging adaptive behaviors that arise during time of stress and feelings of isolation.

Practice: We will choose from a range of activities to focus in on and practice what we most want to learn and strengthen.
Reflect and Clarify: Finally, we will use Mindfulness and the Circle Process to reflect on our learning and clarify our intention moving forward.

About our Presenter: Annie O’Shaughnessy has an M.Ed in Mindfulness for Educators, Level I & II Training in Modern Mindfulness, Level 1 & 2 Restorative Justice, CircleWork Leadership Training and Restorative Justice Summer Institute and has taught Mindfulness, Restorative Practices and Rites of Passage to K12 educators.

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