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Mindfulness for Educational Practice: A Path to Resilience for Challenging Work

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Mindfulness for Educational Practice: A Path to Resilience for Challenging Work by Gordon S. Gates

Edited by Gordon S. Gates, Washington State University A volume in Research on Stress and Coping in Education Series Editors Gordon S. Gates, Walter H. Gmelch, and Mimi Wolverton This book is the VIII Volume in the Research on Stress and Coping in Education Series. Mindfulness is gaining attention within many disciplines including education and the authors present original research and current theory for examining ways such practice can be used to improve school outcomes for students and strengthen supports for teachers and school leaders. The chapters are written to be useful for practitioners and pre-service educators by posing recommendations for those considering these strategies and techniques. Specific treatment is given to work of teachers, principals, and superintendents. Mindfulness for Educational Practice provides research worthy of contemplation, and a timely call to more seriously consider the merits of thoughtful reflection and personal awareness in our roles as educators. Social emotional learning is not just for students, but has deep implications for the adults who serve them. This is a great resource for teachers, principals, and central office administrators as they grapple with the stress, burnout, and flexibility fatigue of those with whom they work, and a beginning look at how we can show compassion to ourselves and others by increasing our resilience through mindfulness. Jenny Rodriquez, NBCT, Principal, Delta High School, Richland, WA Teachers and administrators are working hard to help our students learn and succeed. Every day in my capacity as school improvement coach, I see educators seriously engaged in enacting reform. Although adults and students in public schools are diligently implementing change to realize higher levels of learning toward standards, the "achievement gap" continues to haunt all of us. The challenges are real and Ii know few education professionals who haven't wondered in a moment of panic or pain, given all that must be done, if they can continue. The book Gordon Gates has edited suggests than in addition to these external reforms we initiate, it may be the internal shifts made through mindfulness that are also needed to realize our goals. Gates' book suggests and shares how mindfulness practice may be an important practical move. The chapters offer many examples to consider and appreciate mindfulness in mitigating anxious neural downshifts that commonly threaten teaching and learning. Further, mindfulness allows higher level cognitive processes to flourish. Therefore, this is a book for educators who may be struggling or ready to strengthen their resilience so they can be fully engaged in their work focused on helping all students succeed academically and grow developmentally on their life's journey. Jeanine Butler, Ph.

D., Leadership Coach, Washington State Leadership Academy & Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Size: 3.0 MB
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781623968175 (DRM-PDF)

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