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Friday, December 1st

3rd Annual CREC Mindfulness Conference

Grassroots to Integration, Pre-K to Higher Education

Co-Sponsored by Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) and Connecticut Central State University (CCSU)

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Keynote Speaker: Daniel Rechtschaffen

Mr. Rechtschaffen is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and the author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He is the founding director of Mindful Education, a mindfulness and social emotional learning platform for educators. Mr. Rechtschaffen teaches mindfulness through music, sports, storytelling, games and other creative and engaging ways. He is inspired to utilize mindfulness to help us become more conscious, compassionate, and committed to taking care of this miraculous world we live in.

$100 per person (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Main Campus, Memorial Hall
1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT 06051 map

A "Certificate of Completion" will be issued for attendees after the conference

Conference Schedule

7:30 – 8:10Check in/registration
8:15 – 9:00 Welcome / group mindfulness practices
9:15 – 10:15Keynote Address by Daniel Rechtschaffen “The Five Literacies of Mindful Learning”
10:30 – 12:00Breakout Session 1
12:00 – 1:30Lunch with featured speaker Brandon Nappi, Exec. Director of Copper Beech Institute
1:45 – 3:15 Breakout Session 2
3:15 – 3:45Closing session - Daniel Rechtschaffen – “The Direction of Mindfulness and Social Emotional Learning”

Please note that the assignment of breakouts to session 1 or 2 is tentative and subject to change. Also, there is no pre-conference registration for breakout sessions this year.

For registration support, email or call Deb Van Wyngaarden at (860) 509-3687.
For conference information, email or call Emily Rosen at (860) 509-3610.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1

Mindfulness for School Success
Laura P. Wilson, School Counselor - King Philip Middle School, West Hartford

Self-Leadership: A Mindful way to Deepen Self-Compassion and Connection with Others
Dr. Ralph Cohen – Professor, CCSU and Joanna Curry-Sartori - Therapist, Educator, Consultant

Student Led Learning through Mindful Reading
Lanelle Gallo, Speech Language Pathologist - Town of Farmington/East Farms Elementary School

Teaching Secular Mindfulness in Public Schools: Navigating Resistance
Fiona Jensen and Paula Webster - Calmer Choice, South Yarmouth, MA

Mindful Yoga Breaks for the PreK-5 Classroom
Lani Rosen-Gallagher, Full of Joy Yoga® and Jennifer Byer, YoPlay Yoga for Kid®

Integrating Mindfulness into Your Classroom and School
Jen Derick, Principal and Michelle Wendehack, Curriculum Specialist - Norfeldt School, West Hartford

Mindfulness: An antidote to adverse childhood experiences
Jim Malley, Associate Professor Emeritus, CCSU and Emily Rosen, Certified Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher, CREC

Session 2

Creating a Grassroots Mindfulness Program in Your School
Cheryl Sansone, School Counselor and Karen Finnance, World Language Instructor - Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, CREC

Finding Focus through Sound and Movement
Adele Paxton, Professor - CCSU

Mindfulness as a Road Map for Positive Change
Anne Keefe-Forbotnick, Ed.D, Holistic Health Educator

Mindfulness B.R.E.A.K - Changing Students Lives One Breath at a Time
Maritza Soto-Gomez, Mindfulness Program Director/School Social Worker - Breakthrough Magnet School, Hartford

On the Neuroscience of Mindfulness: Clinical Applications
Dr. Vamsi Koneru - Koneru Psychotherapy, LLC

Creative Moving Mindfulness
Linda Peck, Education Specialist Mindfulness Trainer - Plymouth State University

Social and Emotional Learning through yoga and mindfulness
Emily Rosen, Certified Mindfulness and Yoga Teacher, CREC

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