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Saturday, November 9 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Mindfulness in Public Education: Embodied Whiteness as Decolonizing Praxis

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Studies reveal the benefits of mindfulness in education, but implementing programming authentically and equitably within our capitalist white supremacist hetero-cis patriarchy remains an obstacle.  This workshop will focus on mindfulness in public education, research, and teacher education.  I draw on my experience teaching yoga and mindfulness in New York City public schools and middle school English and ESL in Holyoke, Massachusetts to show that these traditional practices develop necessary skills of inquiry, imagination, human connection, and critical thinking.  The analysis of my findings shows how teaching mindfulness from a decolonizing and ecological perspective promotes a positive learning environment, alleviates management challenges, and develops higher order thinking in students.  This session invites participants to experience an anti-racist chair yoga practice and discuss how different modalities of mindfulness can be used in teaching and learning.

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Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00pm - 5:15pm EST
905-09 Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01102