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Professional Ed program prepares educators to incorporate mindful practices into their personal and professional lives

Professional Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education announces the 2017 offering of Mindfulness for Educators, a program designed to help educators build the inner resources to handle complex multi-faceted challenges, manage personal stress, and build resilience while enhancing professional effectiveness. This institute, which runs from November 15-17, 2017 at Harvard University, is designed to help participants learn to balance inner needs with outer responsibilities while reducing uncertainty, stress, and feelings of being overwhelmed.

Educators in both PreK-12 and higher education face relentless demands and challenges — calls to do more with less, enhance student learning, address the conflicting concerns of multiple constituencies, and grapple with constant change. While the work of educators can be a source of great professional and personal satisfaction, all too often these multiple demands create uncertainty, stress, and feelings of being overwhelmed–leading to burnout. 

Mindfulness for Educators introduces a set of concepts and practices that foster greater focus, acceptance, and self-compassion to help educators deal with the multiple demands and challenges they face. Participants will identify ways to respond to stress more constructively and develop practical strategies to engage in a more balanced work/life environment through a combination of:

  • Mindfulness exercises
  • Interactive discussion
  • Meditation practices
  • and small group conversation 

Led by HGSE faculty co-chairs Metta McGarvey, Adjunct Lecturer on Education, whose work integrates mindfulness, leadership and adult social and emotional development, and Joseph Zolner, Lecturer on Education and Senior Director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Mindfulness for Educators runs from November 15-17, 2017. It is open to both individuals and teams in the PreK-12 sector, leaders and administrators, district leaders, superintendents and state administrators.