Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Takes a Look at Mindfulness Programs
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Takes a Look at Mindfulness Programs

From the story:
“Newly armed with a doctorate in education, Stephanie Romero, executive director of the new nonprofit Awaken Pittsburgh, is developing curriculum for mindfulness with projects in various sites in the Pittsburgh area.

During her studies — with a focus on mindfulness as a teacher — she discovered efforts to use meditative practices to help at-risk youth. Ms. Romero said she found a compelling curriculum called Path of Freedom, designed for at-risk and incarcerated youth and adult prisoners and developed by Kate Crisp and Fleet Maull…. ‘It changed the way I worked with kids,’ she said. ‘It changed me deeply.'”

Awaken Pittsburgh is working out the details for implementing the CARE teacher training programs in three Pittsburgh school districts. CARE was developed by Compassionate School Project’s Tish Jennings and advisory board member Prof. Mark Greenberg.

“Ms. Romero, Carrie McCann, program developer for Awaken Pittsburgh, and Mt. Lebanon High School teacher Tina Raspanti have participated in teacher training developed by Penn State education researchers Patricia Jennings and Mark Greenberg. In a 2013 study, they reported that mindfulness training for teachers was found to improve their social and emotional competence and leads to less stress and burnout and better classroom experiences. The program, called CARE for Teachers, is available for teachers in kindergarten through 12th grade (www.care4teachers.com).”

Read the full story: “Awaken Pittsburgh Develops Mindfulness Programs for Youth, Teachers