Center for Consciousness and Transformation to Hold ‘Mindful’ Institute for Educators

Posted: June 23, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: June 22, 2011 at 9:37 pm

The following information was provided by the Center for Consciousness and Transformation

Mason’s Center for Consciousness and Transformation will offer the Mindful Educator Institute on June 28-29 on Mason’s Fairfax Campus.

The institute is open to pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade teachers, librarians, counselors and administrators.

Through lectures, workshops, panels and small group discussions, the institute will explore the innovations of mindfulness and contemplative approaches in the classroom. These approaches have the potential to bring about positive shifts in motivation and performance in classroom settings, organizers say.

“School districts across the nation recognize the growing need for transformational shifts in teaching and learning methods,” says Janette Muir, Mason communication professor and director of the institute.

“Many educators notice the imbalances in the achievement-based school system and feel as though serving their students must go beyond simply providing information or teaching to standardized tests,” she adds

“Innovative educators and pilot projects point toward the benefit of a more holistic educational approach, one that integrates the students’ socio-emotional development with their intellectual growth. This new focus seeks to create a community of learners, equipped with personal and social skills needed to adapt to the rapidly changing world,” Muir says.

More details and registration information are available on the website.

Initiated in 2009, the Center for Consciousness and Transformation is an interdisciplinary research and teaching center whose mission is to understand the nature and effects of individual and group consciousness and their role in transformative learning and social change.

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