On Oct 14-16, MBA joined education experts from across disciplines at Mindfulness in Education: A Foundation for Teaching and Learning, a conference bringing together an international faculty of experts in the mindfulness and youth field for a two-and-a-half day exploration into the role of mindfulness in teaching and learning. Scientific studies show that practicing mindfulness enhances students’ concentration, attention, executive function (planning, decision making, impulse control) openness to learning, emotional balance, pro-social behavior, compassionate action and physical and mental well-being. Studies with teachers and other caring professionals show that practicing mindfulness decreases occupational stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue, and increases empathy and effective communication, and enhances the classroom environment and pro-social behavior.
MBA Executive Director Chris McKenna spoke about mindfulness-based interventions for high-risk youth. Other speakers included: Gina M. Biegel, Linda Darling-Hammond, Cator Shachoy, Theo Koffler, and Mary Fitton.