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Conference Agenda


8:15 - 9:00 Check in, Registration & Continental Breakfast Courtesy Bullfrog Bagels

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome & Mindful Moment Cheryl Dodwell, Peace of Mind Executive Director & Liz Whisnant, Horace Mann ES Principal

9:15 - 9:45 Keynote Address Dr. William Blake, Director of SEL and School Culture, DC Public Schools 

9:45 - 10:15 Peace of Mind Student Panel: How do we use mindfulness skills in everyday life? Moderated by Linda Ryden, Peace of Mind Founder, with 5th & 6th grade students.

10:15-10:30 Break 

10:30-11:20 Workshop Choice 1 (See Workshop Offerings Below)

11:30-12:20 Workshop Choice 2

12:20-12:30 Break

12:30-1:00 Closing Circle & Reflections

1:15-1:45 Post-Conference DCPS Community of Practice with SEL Specialists

Conference Admission

2020 Workshops Include Offerings for Parents, Teachers & Administrators:

Gather, Pause and Nourish - Self-Care with Mindfulness Circles with Dave Trachtenberg and Jelena Popovic

Principals Liz Whisnant (Mann ES) and Megan Vroman (Ida B. Wells MS) will lead a session on Building a Mindful, Inclusive School Community

Early Childhood Educators Dina Shapiro, Irene Taguian, and Jacqueline Lee will lead a roundtable discussion on Applied Mindfulness in Early Childhood

AND Linda Ryden will lead hands-on sessions about her years of work with helping children apply their mindfulness skills to conflict resolution, building empathy, and other life skills. This workshop will be broken up into two separate sessions on Applied Mindfulness for Grades 1-3, and Applied Mindfulness for Grades 4-6.
 

After the Conference, DCPS educators are invited to join Krystal Butler and Bodé Aking, our SEL specialists, in a Community of Practice discussion! (optional- see Eventbrite for more information or to sign up.) 

Check out highlights from last year's conference:
“When I see all of these educators gathered here dedicated to the social and emotional health of our kids, I feel so much hope for our schools!” -2019 Attendee
Conference Admission
Special thanks to Avideh Shashaani and Fund for the Future of Our Children for generous support of this event, including scholarships.


And special thanks to our breakfast sponsor
Bullfrog Bagels!
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