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Why Mindfulness?

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Julie Quintana

on 11 September 2015

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Why Mindfulness?
Chevy Chase Elementary School
PurposeBlue Mindful Leadership

Mrs. Jody Smith, Principal
Mrs. Karen Caroscio, Principal Intern
Mrs. Julie Quintana, Teacher
Mrs. Lauren Robinson, Counselor
Mrs. Laurie Manfreida, Counselor
Mrs. Laurie Cameron, PurposeBlue Mindful Leadership Consultant

Create Kindness On Purpose
Mindful Practice
What is Mindfulness?
Attention Training
Systematic Implementation
Road Map & Stakeholders
Attention Training
Body Scan
Counseling Curriculum Based on Core Principles of Mindfulness
First Principle: Body
Help students better understand their thoughts and how to mindfully cope with intense emotion.
“Stop, Breathe, Choose”
“Tool box” conflict resolution strategies
• Kindness, compassion, and empathy
Take- Aways
Third Principle: Heart
Second Principle: Mind/Thoughts
Basics of mindful breathing and relaxation
Mindful Movements
“calm.com” app
Write a kind adjective, characteristic, or phrase about our colleague on the paper behind them.
How would this make you feel?
In The Classroom
Neuroscience of Emotion Regulation (PFC and Amygdala Circuitry)
“The awareness that arises from
paying attention
on purpose,
in the present moment,

Jon Kabat-Zinn
Cultivating Mindfulness
Wandering Mind
Survival Brain
Fight, flight or freeze
Negativity Bias
The Neurobiology of
Being Human
Neurons that fire together wire together: we can use our mind to change our brain
What Does It Look & Sound Like?
Increased attention, focus and concentration
Increased emotional regulation
Greater resilience
Present in the here and now

Able to be responsive versus reactive
Increased abilities to be creative, resourceful & collaborative
Reduced stress, improved sleep and well-being
Benefits of Mindfulness
Professional Growth
Ongoing practice - not a quick fix
Pay attention to your
Open-minded observation, seeing without judging
Experiment- use everything as a wisdom lab
Ask your team leadership to lead the way

The path to excellence is paved with effective effort.

Chevy Chase Elementary School is a unique learning community of students, parents and staff that achieves a standard of excellence through
, meaningful work, collaboration, perseverance,

Mindfulness is good for our bodies: A seminal study found that, after just eight weeks of training, practicing mindfulness meditation boosts our immune system’s ability to fight off illness.


Benefits in school
Research on compassion
Teacher Toolkit
Just Like Me
Kindness Practices
Multiplying Goodness

Emotional Awareness
Cog. & Emotional Reg.
Science: Emotions
& the Insula
Stop, Breathe, Choose
Body Scan
Mindful Movements

Attention Training
PFC & Amygdala Hijack
Mindful Bodies,
Mindful Listening,
Mindful Breathing
Sending Kind Thoughts

April 2015

January 2015

November 2014


Teacher Self-Practice, Classroom Practice,
Goal Setting & Reflection



CCES Mindfulness Roadmap 2014-2015

Ashley Granados
CCES Teacher
We often ask students to "pay attention," but we don't teach them how to. Mindfulness does.
Student and Teacher Voice Survey from SIP Goals
4 Quarter CCES Mindful School Program
Student Learning Objectives (SLO)
You have to make the choice to build your own capacity as a leader first. Practice, practice, practice and then model, model, model.
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