Summer at St. Luke's

Mindfulness in Education Conference 2018

Co-Hosted by: St. Luke's, The Spence School and the Community Mindfulness Project.

Thank you to all attendees!

Presentation Materials


Centered Learning

How Mindfulness Fuels Focus & Well-being 

Stress Less - Learn More - Feel Better

Stress and anxiety appear to have a firm hold on our school environments. The joy of learning is taking a backseat to the panic of academic performance.

It does not have to be this way.

The science and data around the benefits of mindfulness in education are substantial. Mindfulness can reduce unhealthy stress while increasing focus. This combination (less stress, more focus) translates into improved learning, greater retention, and an enhanced sense of well-being.

Regular mindfulness practice helps students, teachers, and parents better understand the brain and the many ways it can shape how we experience school and life.

For students—Research indicates that compassion can be a powerful antidote for stressed-out students. It can build resilience, bolster motivation and lower levels of  anxiety and depression

For teachers—Mindfulness practices can provide the inner strength to be powerfully present and emotionally responsive. As a result, teachers become effective guides, and influential models of healthy social and emotional behavior.*

For parents—Though it’s the last thing we want to do, parents often transfer their own anxiety to their children. Mindfulness and intentional compassion practices can help parents be sources of steadiness and positive inspiration for our children.

*Read more on Care4Teachers

Keynote Speaker

Tish Jennings, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Tish Jennings is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student well-being and learning. She is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Tish is freshly returned from a visit with the Dalai Lama in India. There she shared her latest research on mindfulness and teacher stress. She is the author of Mindfulness for Teachers and help lead development of the Garrison Institutes Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE).

A Full Day of Sharing & Learning

St. Luke's Head of School Mark Davis will open the conference and introduce our keynote speaker, Tish Jennings. The keynote will include discussion time with Tish and will be followed by breakouts, guided meditation, and workshops for teachers, administrators, and parents. Lunch will be served and is included in your registration fee.

Who should attend?

Faculty, administrators, and parents interested in gaining an understanding of mindfulness, its benefits and its application in an educational setting. It is open to the public.

Mindfulness: Paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally


Morning:     Fireplace Commons

8:30am           Registration & Workshop Selection:
                        Coffee & tea available
9:00am           Introductory remarks and Defining
                         Mindfulness by Mark Davis
                         Guided Practice: "Breathing and Loving
                         Kindness" by Erika Long
9:30am           Keynote: Tish Jennings, Ph.D., M.Ed.
                        Curry School of Education, Univ. of Virginia
10:15am         Q&A
10:30am         Break
10:45am         Panel discussion: Personal practices and
                        practical classroom techniques with Michele
                        Grethel, Will Heins, Erika Long, Charlotte
                        Pecquex, Lisa Natoli-Sheehan, Erin Thorkilsen,
                        and Emily Tully
11:30am         Guided Practice: Gratitude—led by Will Heins

Lunch:          Dining Commons

Afternoon:   Science Wing Classrooms
Workshops:  Session 1*
1:30pm           Break
1:45pm           Workshops:  Session 2*
2:30pm           Break
2:45pm           Workshops:  Session 3*
3:30pm           Closing remarks:  Mark Davis

*All workshop sessions are selected at registration.


Co-Hosted by:

St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.