Dr. Patricia (Tish) Jennings is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education, with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student well-being and learning. Her scholarship bridges the distance between cognitive and emotional concerns in the classroom, allowing for a more effective focus on the whole child.
At DSY 2015, Dr. Jennings will present “The Emotional Art of Teaching: Mastering Classroom Social and Emotional Dynamics to Promote Learning.” Jennings recognizes that, at its core, teaching is an emotional practice. The social and emotional dynamics of the classroom play a key role in promoting student learning and fostering prosocial behavior. Drawing upon basic and applied research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education, this workshop will provide information about how mindfulness-based approaches can help teachers manage the stressful demands of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize teaching and learning. In addition to the research behind these approaches, participants will learn some simple awareness practices for managing stress and promoting wellbeing.
Dr. Jennings brings a long career of scholarship to bear on this topic. She lead the team that developed CARE for Teachers, a mindfulness-based professional development program designed to reduce stress and promote improvements in classroom climate and student academic and behavioral outcomes. In addition, Dr. Jennings is leading the development of the Compassionate Schools Project integrated health curriculum, which is being piloted and evaluated in Louisville, Kentucky. Her scholarship builds on a foundation of over 22 years as a classroom teacher. Her first book, Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, is part of the Norton Series on the Social Neuroscience of Education.
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