By Susan Dreyer Leon, Ed.D
As many of you know, we have been hoping for some time to be able to bring together a group of educators who are interested in looking together at applications of mindfulness in their teaching practice. After more than a year of development, we are thrilled to be able to announce a wonderful new collaboration that will allow us to begin this important and exciting journey. We are looking for a starting group of dedicated educators, who want to explore deeply the connection between mindfulness meditation and their teaching practice.
About the Program
This 8 graduate credit program will begin in January 2011 with a weekend retreat at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Massachusetts. Work will continue in our classrooms and on-line through the Spring of 2011 and the group will come together again in Barre in August for a five day retreat. The Fall will bring more classroom practice and on-line communication topped off with a capstone weekend back in Barre. We’re so grateful the Studies Center for providing us with this fantastic opportunity to join together in person in such a beautiful location and with access to their wonderful teachers and resources as a support for our own work.
About our Teachers
We have two extraordinary lead faculty, Claire Stanley, PhD and Jack Millet, MAT to guide our work this year. Claire and Jack are long time teacher educators from the School for International Training in Vermont and more recently have been the founding dharma teachers at Vermont Insight Meditation and the Center for Mindful Inquiry, in Brattleboro, VT. We know of no other two people who have thought so long and deeply about the connection between daily classroom practice and mindfulness. We’re thrilled have them anchor this collaboration through CMI. In addition to Claire and Jack’s leading role, Judy Coven and I will be providing some instructional support on the Antioch side. Judy has just recently retired from her full time role on the Integrated Learning faculty at AUNE and has been instrumental in the planning and guidance of this program from the beginning. I am currently serving as the director of the Experienced Educators program at AUNE and am thrilled to add this collaboration to our available offerings for working teachers through the Antioch Center for School Renewal. Finally, we’re very lucky to have the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of Andrew Olendzki, the executive director and senior scholar of the Barre Center for Buddhist studies and Mu Soeng, the BCBS program director and resident scholar. For more information about our faculty, please visit the Center For Mindful Inquiry Website or follow the AUNE and BCBS links on the right side of this blog page.
How to Apply or Get More Information
For more information and program details or to apply, go to http://www.mindfulinquiry.org. To apply for the Certificate Program, contact Claire Stanley, Ph.D. or Jack Millett, MAT at The Center for Mindful Inquiry, 167 Main St. Brattleboro, VT 05301, 802-451-6514 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Details, Dates and Course Titles
The Center for Mindful Inquiry, in collaboration with Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal and Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, announces a new Certificate in Mindfulness for Educators Program beginning in January 2011. The eight graduate credit Certificate combines opportunities for educators to deepen their own mindfulness and compassion practices and to better understand current theories that connect mindfulness to models of teaching, learning and human development. Participants attend three study retreats at Barre Center for Buddhist Studies (BCBS) followed up with online coursework. In addition, two completely online courses in the spring and fall strengthen the learning community and focus on the integration of mindfulness practice and theory in the participants’ work as educators and in everyday life. Graduate credits are given with the successful completion of each course. The Certificate is earned by the completion of all five components of the program.
Opening Residential Weekend
January 28 – 30 at BCBS
Using Buddhist Frameworks to Understand Teaching and Learning
March 28 – May 6 through CMI
Mindfulness and Reflection: Tools for Clarity, Creativity and Compassion in the Classroom
July 31 – August 5 at BCBS
Human Development and The Inner Landscape of Teaching and Learning
September 26 – November 4 through CMI
Awareness of Body, Mind, Heart and Brain: Pathways to Change
December 2 – 4 at BCBS
Toward Freedom and Joy in Teaching and Learning
How to Apply or Get More Information
For more information, go to http://www.mindfulinquiry.org. To apply for the Certificate Program, contact Claire Stanley, Ph.D. or Jack Millett, MAT at The Center for Mindful Inquiry, 167 Main St. Brattleboro, VT 05301, 802-451-6514 or at email@example.com.