Keynote Speaker

Dr. Tish Jennings

Dr. Patricia Jennings is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education. Author of Mindfulness for Teachers, she spent 22 years as a Montessori teacher, school director, and a teacher educator.

Her Keynote presentation will be:

Mastering Classroom Social and Emotional Dynamics to Promote Learning: A Mindfulness Based Approach
Children learn many lessons about life by observing us. The best way we can teach them is to observe ourselves. There’s no better way to develop self-awareness then to practice mindfulness. Research is showing that mindful awareness practices can help by intentionally developing moment-to moment, non-judgmental, open-hearted awareness to stressful and emotionally challenging situations. This includes cultivating emotional awareness, listening to our children with full attention, self-regulation, compassion and nonjudgmental acceptance for the children under our care and ourselves.