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Meghann Clem Mattingly ExCEL Award Winner

Meghann Clem Mattingly won the ExCEL Award for teaching the Compassionate Schools Project (CSP) curriculum in Louisville, KY.  Speakers honor Mattingly with accounts of her graceful implementation of CSP. The project focuses on social-emotional skills including self-regulation and compassion for others and academic achievement. Watch Mattingly’s moving story about her personal journey into teaching at minute 23:10 here

The full video is here Watch the WHAS 11 report.

NPR station WHYY reported on a Baltimore program teaching mindfulness to school children there, and consulted Compassionate Schools Project’s Tish Jennings.

From the story: “What if every time a kid acted out, he got sent to take some deep breaths, instead of detention? Well a program in Baltimore has been trying that out for the past few years, with good results. The school’s suspension rate has dropped — to zero”

One student, “…used to resist when adults tried to discipline him…  It was like one time, when I was mad at the teacher, the kids in the classroom, I was so mad, I flipped all the desks and chairs,” the student said.

Listen to or read the full story: “Schools Experimenting with Meditation as an Alternative to Detention

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NPR’s Morning Edition talks to Jennings about mindfulness in the classroom.

From the story:
Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That’s on par with nurses and physicians. And roughly half of teachers agree with this statement: “The stress and disappointments involved in teaching at this school aren’t really worth it.”

It’s a problem for all of us — not just these unhappy teachers.

Jennings says the teachers who received mindfulness training “showed reduced psychological distress and time urgency — which is this feeling like you don’t have enough time. And then improvements in mindfulness and emotion regulation.”

Translation: These teachers were better able to cope with classroom challenges and manage their feelings, which made it easier for them to manage their students’ big feelings. And that, says Jennings, helps students learn.”

Listen to the interview: “Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-1-58-04-pmThe University of Virginia’s premier news outlet, UVA TODAY, featured the Compassionate Schools Project:

“Students watch as pieces of glitter float furiously around inside a recently shaken jar. The glitter, their teacher tells them, is akin to their emotions; after being provoked, if they wait and give it time, the glittery chaos inside the jar will eventually settle and calm will be restored.

This lesson is just one of many elementary school students learn in Louisville, Kentucky, where the Jefferson County Schools district is partnering with the University of Virginia’s Youth-Nex Center and the Contemplative Sciences Center to implement a health and wellness program called the Compassionate Schools Project.”

Read the full story: Compassionate Schools Project Offers New Take on PE/Health Curriculum

csm-borderThe Christian Science Monitor published an in-depth story on the Compassionate Schools Project.

One of the teachers, Miss Clem, commented on the difference with this type of instruction, “How many times as a teacher have I said, ‘Sit up and focus,’ when I’ve never once given you the definition of what focus means?”

Now, she’s showing them what it feels like to focus…. She points to that morning, when one most of the class was sitting obediently, but “I had a kid, during the bell, running across these chairs,” Clem says, pointing to a row of blue chairs lined up against the wall. “But,” she says proudly, “I had 22 kids who were able to sit here and tune him out. Now imagine that in a testing situation.

“They need to be able to stay focused even through major distractions. Everything about this curriculum teaches them how to do that.”

time-mag3In “The Mindful Classroom,” Time highlighted the Compassionate Schools Project curriculum being implemented in Louisville, Kentucky classrooms.

From the article, by Mandy Oaklander for Time:

Some Experts Think Mindfulness is the Antidote to Distraction, Misbehaving—Even Poor Math Scores. Are They On to Something?

Christina Johnson’s Classroom must be the most peaceful place at Cane Run Elementary School in Louisville, Ky. Instead of desks, six rows of black yoga mats line the floor. All the lights are off except for one gently glowing lamp. Underwater sounds gurgle from a pair of speakers. Today nearly two dozen fifth-graders are sitting on the mats with their shoes off and eyes closed, following Johnson as she guides them through a relaxation exercise. “Take a nice, nice deep breath in, and keep your hands on your anchors, please,” Johnson says. The kids place one hand on their chest, the other on their belly. Johnson taps a chime and the kids know what to do: listen intently, and when the long reverberation stops, their hands shoot up. “Good job,” Johnson says.
Photo by Luke Sharrett for Time: Fifth-graders flow through yoga-inspired poses in a mindfulness class at a public school in Louisville, KY.

Time Magazine, October, 2016 

*Time Magazine allows access to the full article only with a subscription here, “The Mindful Classroom,” but you may get the article by contacting Youth-Nex. For this permission, contact: Ellen Daniels edaniels@virginia.edu.

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Tish Jennings is featured on the NPR Higher Ed blog for her work with CARE, Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education, the evidence based program she co-founded which teaches mindfulness to teachers. CARE is the first mindfulness program studied with funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Jennings is also a key leader on the Compassionate Schools Project.

From the NPR article:
“Teaching is inherently a stressful occupation, and by many accounts, it’s getting more so. Students bring the effects of poverty and trauma into the classroom. Administrators lay on the pressure to meet ever-changing standards. In the last few years, teacher job satisfaction has reportedly plummeted to a 25-year low, and turnover is high — almost 50 percent for new teachers. Patricia Jennings isn’t necessarily out to change all these factors. Instead, she aims to help teachers become the change they wish to see in the world.”

Read the full story: When Teachers Take A Breath, Students Can Bloom

 

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The City of Kindness is a coalition of organizations, including Friends of the Dalai Lama, and the Born This Way Foundation, working to inspire kindness in the world. City of Kindness featured the Compassionate Schools Project as one of several resources “to create a culture of kindness from inspiring small acts all the way to building lifelong social and emotional skills.”

See: “Teach Kindness

The Chronicle of Higher Education focused on the work that Louisville schools and other groups are doing to help its citizens get college degrees using a combination of grit and compassion. The Chronicle talks to Mayor Fischer and reflects on his philosophy, “Mr. Fischer, who has said a good mayor should have the heart of a social worker and the head of a chief executive officer, talks about compassion at times when his fellow elected officials might invoke economic arguments (though he makes those, too).”

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