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Nov 5 - 7, 2015
Fall Forum 2015: Connecting Conversations
Coalition of Essential Schools

Portland, Maine

When you join CES, you join a conversation about what it means to bring your best professional self to the children, families, and communities you serve. But we know that CES isn’t the only conversation you’re having and we know that we’re not the only ones having this conversation.

Connecting Conversation is about bringing together long-time CES members with new voices and building new networks of like-minded change agents including students, parents, community activists, and civic leaders. We want to build a coalition that extends beyond our own because we’re more powerful when we work together! Please invite your colleagues to join us in Portland, Maine for a chance to learn, make new connections and explore this historic community!

The Westin Portland Harborview Hotel
Portland, Maine

More information: More information: http://essentialschools.org/fall-forum-2015/

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October 5, 2015

Responsive Classroom Leadership Conference
Creating a Climate for Learning

Learn how to bring proven, practical strategies for building positive school community, managing classrooms effectively, and enhancing academic engagement to your school or district.

Austin, TX

Register by July 10 to get the early-bird rate of $450/person.
More information: https://www.responsiveclassroom.org/conference

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August 11-13, 2015

Introductory Courage to Teach Retreat

Retreat begins after dinner on Tuesday and concludes with lunch on Thursday

VENUE:
Santa Sabina Center, Dominican University
San Rafael, California

Program fee: only $300 (thanks to generous support)
More information: http://www.couragerenewal.org/events/introductory-courage-to-teach-2015/

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August 3-7, 2015

CARE for Teachers
Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education Summer Retreat

A project of the Garrison Institute's Contemplative Teaching and Learning Initiative
Open to all educators

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. CARE for Teachers is a unique program designed to help teachers reduce stress and enliven their teaching by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, reflection, and inspiration - the inner resources they need to help students flourish, socially, emotionally, and academically.

The Garrison Institute's Contemplative Teaching and Learning (CTL) Initiative offers this innovative training for teachers introducing an evidence-based set of practical skills. These skills will help you reduce stress, improve your mental concentration and emotional awareness and facilitate responsiveness. You will be able to apply these in the classroom so you can consistently be the caring, compassionate teacher you are. These skills include relaxation, movement, deep listening, emotion-awareness training, and much more.

CARE for Teachers has been developed by a team of researchers, educators, psychologists and experts in contemplative practice. The senior faculty are: Patricia Jennings, M.Ed., Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Garrison Institute's Contemplative Teaching and Learning Initiative and Research Assistant Professor with the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University; Richard Brown, founder and chair of Naropa University's Contemplative Education Department; and Christa Turksma, clinical child psychologist.

Garrison, New York

Program fee (room and board excluded)

Early Bird: $450
Regular: $600

More information: Garrison Institute

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Friday - Wednesday, June 26 - July 1, 2015

The Greater Good Science Center Summer Institute for Educators 2015

A six-day retreat for education professionals on the science of social-emotional learning

Hidden Villa Education Center
Los Altos Hills, CA
More information: See the event page.

Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley
Price $2200, which includes tuition, lodging, meals, & materials. Partial scholarships are available.
More information: Greater Good Science Center

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June 26 – 28, 2015

Mindfulness: Foundation for Teaching and Learning

2015 Mindfulness in Education Conference

Mindfulness meditation has encouraged open and nonjudgmental awareness for hundreds of years. Now students, teenagers, and adults are learning to pay attention to the present moment with increased curiosity, kindness, and flexibility. Research over the last ten years has started to show that mindfulness offers many benefits including increased attention and focus, lower levels of anxiety, and greater empathy. As a result, this ancient meditative practice has gained support in education, business, and sports. Many educational institutions, including UCLA, Stanford, UCSF, NYU, Brown, and Penn have also embraced mindfulness as an educational intervention by introducing it into their curricula and conducting innovative research in the field. This three-day event will explore the uses of mindfulness in education.

University of Colorado at Denver

Registration for All Events:
Early Bird �?$300 before 6/1
Regular �?$420 after 5/31

More information: http://www.mindfuled.org/conferences/2015-conference-information/

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wisdom In Schools

Building a culture of mindfulness, social-emotional learning, and reflective inquiry

a conference for educators

Hidden Villa Education Center
Los Altos Hills, CA
More information: See the event page.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Overloaded & Underprepared: Today's Adolescents and How to Navigate School

Hosted by Millennium School and The Bay School

Dr. Denise Pope, Stanford School of Education

How do I raise a healthy adolescent amidst all the pressure to perform?
How do I choose a middle or high school where my child will be healthy and successful?
What's MY role as a parent to support them through these critical years?

Doors open at 6:30pm; Event begins at 7pm.
FREE and open to the public. Seating is limited and will sell out.
More information: http://millenniumschool.eventbrite.com

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October 30-November 2, 2014

International Symposium for Contemplative Studies

The International Symposium for Contemplative Studies brings together leading academics and other interested attendees for presentation, discussion, and collaborative networking in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, clinical science, philosophy, humanities, and education as they relate to investigations of contemplative practice. It will take place October 30-November 2, 2014 at the Marriott Copley Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. This gathering is convened by the Mind & Life Institute and will be the second biennial symposium. The interdisciplinary meeting will examine new ideas in overlapping fields of contemplative study with the goal of advancing our understanding of the human mind, and how mental training through contemplative practices can lead to reduced suffering, enhanced health and cognitive-emotional functioning, greater happiness, and increased social harmony.

Major speakers will include His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, along with leading scientists, educators, philosophers, and contemplatives.

Boston Marriott Copley, Boston, MA
More information: http://www.internationalsymposium.org

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August 8th - 13th, 2014

CARE for Teachers
Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education Summer Retreat

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but it can also be one of the most stressful. CARE for Teachers is a unique program designed to help teachers reduce stress and enliven their teaching by promoting awareness, presence, compassion, reflection, and inspiration - the inner resources they need to help students flourish, socially, emotionally, and academically.

The Garrison Institute's Contemplative Teaching and Learning (CTL) Initiative offers this innovative training for teachers introducing an evidence-based set of practical skills. These skills will help you reduce stress, improve your mental concentration and emotional awareness and facilitate responsiveness. You will be able to apply these in the classroom so you can consistently be the caring, compassionate teacher you are. These skills include relaxation, movement, deep listening, emotion-awareness training, and much more.

CARE for Teachers has been developed by a team of researchers, educators, psychologists and experts in contemplative practice. The senior faculty are: Patricia Jennings, M.Ed., Ph.D., Senior Fellow for Garrison Institute's Contemplative Teaching and Learning Initiative and Research Assistant Professor with the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University; Richard Brown, founder and chair of Naropa University's Contemplative Education Department; and Christa Turksma, clinical child psychologist.

Garrison Institute
Garrison, NY
Program fee: $325

More information here.

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July 14th to 16th, 2014

10th Annual Chautauqua

http://mountmadonnaschool.org/chautauqua/

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June 25-28, 2014

The Art of Noticing Deeply
2014 Conference for the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning

The Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL), an official assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English, is open to all those interested in exploring the boundaries of teaching and learning beyond traditional disciplines and methodologies. Areas of interest include, but are by no means limited to: aesthetic, emotional, and moral intelligence; archetypes; body wisdom; care in education; creativity; felt sense theory; healing; holistic learning; humanistic and transpersonal psychology; imaging; intuition; kinesthetic knowledge; meditation; narration as knowledge; reflective teaching; silence; spirituality; and visualization.

Laurentian University
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
More information: http://aepl2014.org/www.aepl2014.org/THE_ART_OF_NOTICING_DEEPLY.html
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June 18 - June 25, 2014

YogaEd Trainer Institute

The Trainer Institute joins a global community of students and faculty from diverse professional backgrounds in learning opportunities to connect theory to practice. Highly skilled experts, our faculty offer engaging lectures in topics from their respective fields of expertise, including yoga education, social emotional learning, brain based education, and facilitation.

Under the guidance of faculty members, you will gain a deeper understanding of the Yoga Ed. teaching philosophy, delve into the science of yoga education, and master the art of facilitation and communication. Studying in the Trainer Institute will prepare you to facilitate Professional Institutes as a Yoga Ed. Trainer.

Please Note: The Trainer Institute occurs in two parts. Part 1 is from June 18-25, 2014. Part 2 is from September 10-17, 2014. You are required to attend both.

More information: http://yogaed.com/institute/trainer-institute-part-1/

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June 12 - 14, 2014

The 5 Dimensions of Engaged Teaching

In this highly experiential course, we will explore the five dimensions of engaged teaching—a framework that cultivates our capacity to joyfully and effectively meet the complex demands of our profession. Throughout the course we will engage in core practices and principles that support educators to develop and sustain a reflective teaching practice, manage stress, cultivate our own social and emotional intelligence, and successfully collaborate with colleagues. Through a variety of activities and formats, we will reconnect to our authentic spark for teaching, explore our challenges, and further develop our resilience and resourcefulness.

This course will explore ways educators can:

Develop and sustain an authentic and reflective teaching practice;
manage stress and multiple priorities through the use of self-observation and mindfulness practices;
participate in creating a thriving culturally responsive school climate;
cultivate our own social and emotional intelligence;
integrate social, emotional and academic learning in any content area;
build a professional community of trust and authenticity with their colleagues;
develop their own inner capacities (through the five dimensions of engaged teaching) to meet the challenges and
opportunities of the profession;
reconnect with our “spark” for teaching.

PassageWorks Institute
Boulder, CO
More information here.

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May 2 – May 4, 2014

Mindful Schools Weekend Retreat

Retreats are a beautiful entry point into mindfulness, as well as a way to deepen a practice quickly. The skill and understanding developed on retreat complement what we’ve learned in a daily practice or a weekly course. This weekend retreat is designed for parents, educators and youth mental health professionals who want to support their mindfulness practice and might have a hard time getting away for longer retreats.

~ An opportunity to get a taste of the retreat experience
~ Friday evening through Sunday afternoon
~ Explore practice without the distractions of daily life
~ Silent periods of seated mindful awareness and mindful walking
~ An evening talk by your instructors
~ Morning question and answer period to clarify practice
~ Delicious food and a beautiful setting

Institute of Noetic Sciences
Petaluma, CA
$300 – $500 sliding scale
More information: http://www.mindfulschools.org/training/weekend-retreat/

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9 - 10 November, 2012

Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum

The Met School
Providence, RI

Join us November 9 and 10, 2012 at the Met School in Providence for our annual, ongoing, Conversation Among Friends. Education policy and practice has been in the forefront of news this year, amidst strong debate regarding NCLB, the place and purpose of standardized testing, and the role and reach of teachers in determining classroom content.

The Forum presents a unique opportunity to come together with other educators to return to a vibrant discussion about what the 10 Common principles mean to us as educators during times of changing administrations and policies. Or, how do the principles anchor us in our daily work? Rhode Island, as are many states, is working through these very struggles, and with its state symbol of an anchor of hope, seemed an apt place to hold that conversation.

More information: http://www.essentialschools.org/events/9

Call for proposals - due June 7

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10 - 15 August, 2012

CARE: Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education

Garrison Institute
Garrison, NY

Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions; it can also be one of the most difficult. Growing demands-from the academic workload to working with students impacted by poverty, violence and divorce can add up to a highly stressful environment for teachers. Studies show that helping teachers cope with such stress effectively does more than reduce burnout: it allows them to be role models for healthy social and emotional behavior and improves educational outcomes for students.

The retreat offers 37 hours of training over five days. To register, click the link on the right-hand side of this page. Registration prices include all training sessions, on site housing, meals and the program fee. Partial registration is not available. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for an additional cost.

More information at the website or by contacting education@garrisoninstitute.org or by calling 845-424-4800 ext. 131.

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28 June - 1 July, 2012

Inviting the Edge: Mindfulness in the Writing Classroom and Beyond

Perspectives 2012
Estes Park, Colorado

Featured Speaker: Doug Hesse

This conference will explore how mindfulness can transform our teaching, our learning, our thinking, our writing, and our ways of being in the world. In addition to reflecting intellectually on the conference theme, participants will have opportunities to experience various mindfulness practices.

“Mindfulness” can be a map for exploring “the edge” in meaningful human relations with attention, presence, and awareness. Its practices foster inner and interpersonal harmony, but they can also provide a rhetoric and a politics that mine chaos and discomfort, and negotiate difference and disagreement.

More information here.

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9 - 15 June, 2012

Passageworks Summer Institute

Denver/Boulder, CO

This Institute will offer an in depth experience of the PassageWorks approach to teaching and leading. The Institute begins with our Creating Engaged Classrooms course–a 2 1/2 day intensive that offers practical tools and strategies for sustaining a reflective teaching practice and integrating social, emotional and academic learning into any K-12 classroom. The Institute continues with Transformational Leadership for Educators–a three day course focusing on developing leadership capacities from the inside out. Together, these courses offer powerful, synergistic practices for effectively engaging students and faculties and transforming classrooms and schools.

More information here.

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1-4 December

The Power of Compassion 6th Annual International Conference on "Engaging The Other"

Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA

Keynote by and Special Tribute to Huston Smith

At a time when polarization is the true culprit, a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conference addressing fear-based belief systems, negative stereotypes, polarization, enemy images, scapegoating, and artificial barriers of distrust that divide us.

More information: http://www.cbiworld.org/Pages/Conferences_ETO.htm

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10-12 November

Coalition of Essential Schools

Fall Forum 2011
Providence, Rhode Island
The Met School at 325 Public Street

Convened by the Coalition of Essential Schools as our annual "conversation among friends," Fall Forum provides the essential tools, knowledge, contacts, and vision to create and sustain personalized, equitable, academically challenging schools that prepare all students for successful lives. Fall Forum is the embodiment of more than 25 years of principled and proved educational practices that support all young people in all communities to learn to use their minds well. Drawing from a network of hundreds of schools and affiliated organizations, we provide support, insight, and real answers to what works to create great schools for the long haul.

Fall Forum 2011 registration is limited to 700 participants, with additional space for 50 volunteers who may attend sessions for a reduced rate. We anticipate high demand, so start making your plans to join us now.

More details: http://www.essentialschools.org/events/8

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26 October

Project Happiness Film Screening
East West Bookstore
324 Castro Street, Mountain View, CA

With the unspoken epidemic of stress and depression infiltrating every community, how can kids (of all ages) learn to generate their own happiness regardless of the situations they face? Follow three groups of high school students from three continents on a quest to understand the nature of lasting happiness. What they discover uncovers the potential for happiness that is in us all.

The film focuses on four teens from Santa Cruz, California. Each faces personal obstacles to happiness: loss, alienation and the everyday challenges of being a teenager passing into adulthood. An innovative project that asks the question “How do we achieve lasting happiness?” introduces them by internet and video diaries to their peers in Nigeria and India and quickly leaves lectures and books behind. The teens also engage in conversations with cultural icons George Lucas, Richard Gere and groundbreaking neuroscientist Richard Davidson. The three international groups ultimately meet face to face in India for the first time to prepare for a rare private audience with the Dalai Lama.

More details and locations: http://www.projecthappiness.com/film/about-film/

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14th-16th October

Mindfulness in Education Conference
Menlo Park, CA, 94025

The conference is co-sponsored by the Stanford School of Education, and the Stanford Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 2 units of Continuing Education Credits will be available through the Stanford Continuing Studies Department.

Keynote by Mirabai Bush, Director of The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

Contact: Amy Saltzman, dramy@stillquietplace.com

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23 - 26 June

Perspectives 2011 Conference
Estes Park, Colorado
This annual conference focuses on broader approaches to teaching and learning. This year's theme: Literacy for Love and Wisdom: Being the Book and Being the Change. Register for rooms before May 9! More information here.

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Saturday 11 June, 1 - 9 pm

Teach Compassion: Educating Hearts and Minds
San Francisco
TEDx Golden Gate Ed event

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7 - 8 May, 2011

The Science of Nonviolence: Theory and Practice
Berkeley, California
Metta Center for Nonviolence in partnership with the National Peace Academy - more information.

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10 - 13 November 2010 - CES Fall Forum: Demanding an Education that Matters

(Coalition of Essential Schools)

Fall Forum is CES's annual conference featuring powerful exchanges of innovative practices and democratic policies that increase equitable student achievement. Join progressive education's best, brightest, and hardest-working teachers, students, school leaders, administrators, family members, and others committed to demanding education that matters for all young people in all communities.

Location: San Francisco

More information here.

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8 - 10 October - Engaging the Other

(Common Bond Institute, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, International Humanistic Psychology Association)

Keynote speaker: Huston Smith

An extraordinary international conference to address the roots of fear based belief systems and negative stereotypes, prejudice, polarization, enemy images, and artificial barriers of misunderstanding and distrust that divide us. Join an international list of presenters and visionaries, and engage in 3 days of focused, facilitated dialogue, bridging the divide and cultivating our capacity for reconciliation, appreciation of diversity, and peace.

Location: Sonoma State University, San Francisco, CA

More information here.

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9 October - Teaching for Social Justice: A Labor of Love

(Teachers for Social Justice)

Each year hundreds of educators both locally and nationally gather to network, explore empowering learning environments and develop a professional learning community. We are excited to celebrate 10 years of building grassroots, peer-led professional development opportunities!

Keynote Speakers:
Darrick Smith, Co-Director, June Jordan School for Equity
Dr.Linda Darling- Hammond, Professor of Education at Stanford University, founder of the School Redesign Network and the Stanford Center for Opportunity & Policy in Education.

Location: Mission High School, 3750 18th Street, San Francisco
Free and open to the public!

More information here.

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24 - 26 September - Annual Conference

(Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education)

Location: Amherst College, Amherst, MA

More information here.

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8 - 13 August - Contemplative Curriculum Development

(Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education)

Summer Session Participants will devote the week to rigorous investigation, reflection, writing, and discussion, guided by distinguished scholars and contemplative teachers who have already developed such courses.

Location: Smith College, Northampton, MA

More information here.

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16 - 20 July - Brain Development and Learning: Making Sense of the Science

An interdisciplinary conference devoted to improving children's lives by making cutting-edge research in neuroscience, child psychology, & medicine understandable & applicable to those who work with children on a daily basis

Location: Vancouver

More information here.

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Thursdays, 8 July - 12 August or Tuesdays, 20 July - 24 August - Mindfulness Fundamentals

(Mindful Schools)

This class is for teachers, parents, psychologists and anyone who would like to learn mindfulness for themselves. This six-week course will teach you the basic techniques of mindfulness as well as help you build your own practice.

Location: Oakland, CA
Cost: $125

More information here.

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6 - 8 July - Chautauqua

(Mt. Madonna School)

The Mount Madonna Chautauqua is a unique offering. We hold to the principle that the best learning takes place when we fully engage everyone in the room. We have individuals from all levels of the educational system, including teachers, students, administrators, and facilitators. The guidance provided by Angeles Arrien, Peter Block and Vivian Wright is always inspirational and encourages us to deep inquiry around questions that matter. As Peter Block’s comment below from last year’s gathering says, the central idea is for the Mount Madonna Chautauqua to be its own example of engaged learning.

Location: Mt. Madonna School

More information here.

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June 25-27, 2010 (Level 1)June 28-30, 2010 (Level 2) - 2010 Summer Institute

(Passageworks)

Join us for our annual Summer Institute. Our Level I Foundation Course introduces the fundamental core practices and principles of the PassageWorks model. Level II Teaching Presence builds on practices and principles in the Foundation Course and explores the interconnected qualities of open heart, compassionate discipline, emotional range and presence.Credit: : Level I is eligible for one (1) graduate student credit through Colorado State University or 22 hours of continuing education credit. Level II is eligible for 22 hours of continuing education credit only.

Location: Boulder, CO
Cost: Fee: : $450.00 per course ($400 for registrations received four weeks prior to the course). If both courses are taken in succession a $50 discount per course is offered ($700 total).

More information here.

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17-20 June - Visual Thinking, Teaching, and Learning

(Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning)

LOUANN REID is past editor of English Journal and co-author of eight innovative textbooks for secondary school students, including the Daybooks of Critical Reading and Writing series, which also incorporate lessons on teaching visual texts. She has published several articles and chapters, co-edited two collections for teachers, and given more than 150 presentations in the US, Australia, Germany, The Netherlands, and New Zealand. She is currently working on a book on teaching graphic novels. Reid is professor of English, specializing in English Education, at Colorado State University.

AUSTIN KLEON is a writer who draws. His poetry collection Newspaper Blackout is forthcoming from HarperCollins in February 2010. He has drawn for clients such as Austin City Limits and South by Southwest. He works a day job designing websites, and lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Meghan and their dog Milo. You can see his work online at www.austinkleon.com.

Location: near Denver, CO

More information here.

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6 - 7 June - Wisdom, Values, and Education - Conversations with CM Yogi

CM Yogi is the founder of a network of nonsectarian schools, teacher organizations, and youth projects in Nepal that provide values-based education to young people. He has dedicated himself to the vision of service and integrative learning as a path toward peace in people's hearts and minds. Come enjoy refreshments and hear about his work.

Locations:
June 6, 2:00 pm, Palo Alto
June 7, 6:00 pm, San Francisco

Cost: Free
Contact: Email or 650-284-8979.

More information here.

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April 9-11, 2010 - Foundation Course (Level 1) for teachers

(Passageworks)

The theory of social and emotional learning (SEL);· The integration of play, ritual, stillness, expressive arts and community building;· How to develop your own reflectiveness and “teaching presence”;· How to create a caring classroom environment in which students will increase focus and motivation to learn and develop empathy and compassion;· Stages of group development and methods appropriate to each grade level; and· Ways to integrate this work into your teaching.Methods learned in this course can be integrated into your classroom and do not represent "something else" to teach, but a heartfelt way to breathe new life into what and how you teach.Friday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Credit: : One (1) graduate credit available through Colorado State University or 22 hours of continuing education credit.

Location: Boulder, CO
Cost: Fee: : $450.00 ($400 for registrations received four weeks prior to the course).

More information here.

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19-21 Mar - Mindfulness in Education

(Mindfulness in Education)

Research shows that mindfulness practice enhances concentration, attention, emotional balance, physical well-being, and openness to learning. Educational institutions including early childhood centers, public and private schools, and universities have embraced mindfulness as a valuable educational practice. Join educational colleagues from across disciplines to explore the role of mindfulness in learning.

Location: Cambridge, MA

More information here.

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March 19 - 21, 2010 - Niroga Spring Retreat with B.K.Bose

(Niroga Institue)

A special Niroga weekend in the Valley of the Moon, Sonoma, California.

Location: Sonoma, California

More information here.

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February 26-28, 2010 - Teaching Presence (Level 2) for teachers

(Passageworks)

· Teaching with an open heart and recognizing what closes our hearts;· Exploring obstacles and opportunities for becoming present in the classroom;· Holding respectful discipline — setting boundaries with compassion;· Developing emotional range—growing comfort with a full range of emotions in ourselves and our students: joy, grief, anger, exuberance, fear, love, and vulnerability.Friday 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm; Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pmCredit: 22 hours of continuing education credit.

Location: Boulder, CO
Cost: Fee: : $450.00 ($400 for registrations received four weeks prior to the course).

More information here.

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Thursday - Thursday, 3 - 9 December- Make a World of Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth

(Parliament of the World’s Religions)

Since 1993, a Parliament of the World’s Religions has convened every five years in a major international city (Chicago 1993, Cape Town 1999, Barcelona 2004). Sponsored by the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, the 2009 Parliament will take place in Melbourne, Australia. A multi-religious, multi-lingual, and multicultural city, Melbourne offers an ideal location for the 2009 Parliament. Culturally vibrant and global in vision, Melbourne and Victoria are home to indigenous and Aboriginal spiritualities as well as the major world religions - Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism among others. Over 10,000 participants will come to Melbourne for the Parliament. The 2009 Parliament will turn worldwide attention to Melbourne as a destination city with international appeal. The Parliament will run for seven days with approximately 450 events including keynote addresses, seminars, conferences, debates, performances, concerts and exhibitions.

Parliament participants will work with others and within their own traditions to craft faithful responses to:

indigenous reconciliation
global poverty and global warming
environmental care and degradation
education of the young and the challenges of social disengagement
voluntary and forced migration
artistic expression and spirituality and
the value of sports

In today’s world, understanding between people of different traditions is not optional. It is essential. The 2009 Parliament will give people of faith, spirit and goodwill new reason to say that peace is still possible.

Location: Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, Melbourne, Australia

More information here.

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Saturday, 21 November, 7 - 10 pm- Music for a United Earth

a benefit concert of diverse culture
for a new project-based charter school in Silicon Valley

Featuring local Bay Area performers:
Tahneen • Freddy Clarke • Svetlana Gruen • Dede Austin • SRLKM's Sahana • and dancer/choreographer Marguerite Fishman

free admission • donations encouraged • refreshments for sale

Location: Mitchell Park Community Center
3800 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA


Download flyer here.

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Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 15 November - Engaging The Other: The Power of Compassion

(Common Bond Institute, National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, International Humanistic Psychology Association)

WE INVITE YOU TO:
an extraordinary international conference to address the roots of fear based belief systems and negative stereotypes, prejudice, polarization, enemy images, and artificial barriers of misunderstanding and distrust that divide us.

JOIN an international list of presenters and visionaries, and engage in 3 days of focused, facilitated dialogue, bridging the divide and cultivating our capacity for reconciliation, appreciation of diversity, and peace.

Location: San Mateo Marriott Hotel, 1770 S. Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA

More information here.

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Thursday - Saturday, 5 - 7 November - Changing Schools, Changing Lives

(Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum)

The Coalition of Essential Schools invites you to New Orleans to celebrate our 25th anniversary with powerful exchanges of innovative practices and democratic policies that increase equitable student achievement.

Why: Get the tools, knowledge, contacts, and vision to create and sustain personalized, equitable, academically challenging schools that prepare all students for successful lives.

What: CES’ most important networking and professional development event, Fall Forum empowers you to create and sustain change in your schools and communities.

Who: You! The wisdom, experience, questions, challenges, and successes of educators, students, and their supporters create Fall Forum. Connect now with others via the Fall Forum Ning Page.

Location: Sheraton Hotel, New Orleans, LA

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Friday - Sunday, 30 October - 1 November - Mindfulness in Education Conference 2009

(Association for Mindfulness in Education)

Research shows that mindfulness skills enhance concentration, attention, emotional balance, physical well-being, and openness to learning. Educational institutions including early childhood centers, public and private school systems, and national universities have embraced mindfulness as valuable educational practice. Join educational colleagues to explore the cutting edge of deep learning.

Location: Tech High School, Oakland CA
Cost: $180 (includes some meals; day rate available)

Call: (650) 575-5780
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23-25 October - 2009 Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking

Featuring Mubarak Awad, Rudy Balles, Kathy Kelly, Barbara Love, Michael Nagler, CT Vivian with dozens of workshops, panel discussions, trainings, and other happenings. This three day conference will bring together modern visionaries on nonviolence and social change with community leaders, activists, academics, and organizers to train, learn, plan, and organize to create a culture of liberation and justice for all.

Location: Memphis, TN
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Thursday - Saturday, 8 - 10 October - A New Century of Progressive Education

(Progressive Education Network)

In October 2009, PEN is again hosting a conference for all who want to network with like-minded educators to further their knowledge of progressive education practices and philosophy. With Washington DC as the site for the conference and a new administration in the White House nearby, the PEN conference will celebrate a more dynamic, developmentally appropriate, child-centered approach to teaching and learning. Keynote speakers will include Marian Wright Edelman and Jonathan Kozol. There will be visits to local progressive schools and break-out sessions will feature teachers discussing their own teaching practices. The conference goal: all in attendance will leave the conference knowing that they are working shoulder to shoulder with other thoughtful, creative educators who are making a significant difference in the lives of children.

Location: Green Acres School in Rockville, MD

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Thursday - Friday, 8 - 9 October- Educating World Citizens for the 21st Century: Educators, Scientists and Contemplatives Dialogue on Cultivating a Healthy Mind, Brain and Heart
with His Holiness The Dalai Lama


(Mind and Life Institute)

How can our educational system evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st century? How will we educate people to be compassionate, competent, ethical, and engaged citizens in an increasingly complex and interconnected world?
Mind and Life XIX brings together world-renowned educators, scientists, and contemplatives, with the Dalai Lama presiding, to explore the emerging field of contemplative learning and its potential contribution to a new paradigm in education. This interdisciplinary dialogue will pool new ideas in educational theory and practice, philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience with the wisdom of the world’s great contemplative traditions. Our intent is for the synergy of these converging disciplines to inspire a new vision of education that focuses on the development of the whole person within more caring and effective schools and communities. We envision an educational system that will nurture the heart as well as the mind, and that will create compassionate, engaged, and ethical world citizens whose skills and abilities are not only used for personal growth and advancement, but also for the good of the world.

Location: DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, DC

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Saturday, 3 October, 10 am - 12:30 pm - Transforming Lives in Turbulent Times

(Niroga Institute)

In a world of high stress and increasing violence, Niroga offers a vision of hope and possibility for those who need it most.

Location: First Congregational Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland
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Sat/Sun, 15 - 16 August - Mindfulness in the Classroom Summer Workshop

Oakland, CA

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Saturday, 15 August, 10 am - 4 pm - Transformative Life Skills Training for Educators

Niroga Institute, Berkeley, CA

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Thursday - Sunday, 30 July - 2 August - The Believing Game as a Model for Thinking
Annual Conference


(Assembly for Expanding Perspectives on Learning)

The purpose of this conference is to explore the believing game, which Peter Elbow also calls “methodological believing,” as a way to think more clearly.

We contrast the believing game with the “doubting game” --- being skeptical, questioning, criticizing all ideas in order to uncover hidden flaws---which has come to dominate our culture’s conception of good thinking. The believing game challenges the monopoly of this skeptical tradition: it represents the ability to enter into all ideas in order to uncover hidden virtues. It asks us not just to listen to all views that differ from our own and hold back from arguing with them; not just to restate them without bias (as Carl Rogers advocated); but actually to try to believe them. Believing and doubting are both necessary tools or methodologies for scrutinizing and testing ideas, but “believing” is a refreshing and underused method that can enhance our lives as well as our ideas, and that provides a powerful means of developing our thinking.

We will gather in the beautiful Colorado mountains to interact with Peter Elbow and with each other. After Elbow’s introductory plenary, he will participate in two other plenaries designed to collect and explore the richness of perspectives that you as conference registrants bring with you. Our goal is to provide a venue for each of you to enrich and deepen your understanding of the believing game and its possibilities.

Location: YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado

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Thursday - Sunday, 25 - 28 June- Experiencing the Spirit in Education: The Challenge of Religious Pluralism
Interfaith Conference: NAIN Connect 2009


(North America Interfaith Network)

Many interfaith organizations provide interfaith education to the general public, and many educational institutions have developed advanced multifaith programs. NAINConnect09 will bring together representatives of these two environments to inform each other to share stories, ideas and strategies for interfaith education so that we can all become more effective.

Scholarships are available for Young Adults (18- 35)

Location: Unity Village in Kansas City, Missouri

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Mondays, 13 April, 11 & 18 May, 8 & 22 June, 7 - 9 pm- Joseph Campbell Film SeriesMythos I: The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition

(Joseph Campbell Foundation)
Hosted by Robert Walter, President

During the final years of his life, Joseph Campbell embarked on a lecture tour in which he drew together all that he had learned about what he called the “one great story” of humanity. The lectures were filmed for the Mythos series, hosted by Susan Sarandon. Mythos I: The Shaping of Our Mythic Tradition will screen the first five of these lectures. They have never been broadcast in the Bay Area.

Robert Walter, long-time Campbell colleague and now president of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, hosts the screenings and leads discussions afterwards. On Monday, April 13, the opening session features a one-hour documentary about Campbell’s life and contribution.

Location: Interfaith Center at the Presidio
Suggested donation: $20 per screening; no one turned away
For more details, contact Sandi Pilon at 415-561-3930.

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Saturday, 21 February, 10 am - 1 pm-
Bringing Forward Wisdom in Adolescence:
A Forum for Parents, Teachers, and Faith Leaders


What experiences will help young people develop the compassion and integrity that our world so desperately needs?

How can schools and other community organizations facilitate those experiences?

Listen to a panel of wide-ranging educators and social organizers speak from their own store of personal wisdom. Learn what innovative programs have achieved in the Bay Area. Think about how you can contribute to a movement for wisdom in education.

Location: 1 Fort Mason, San Francisco

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Monday, 19 January, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, Santa Clara - New Beginnings: Building a Community of Hope

(Silicon Valley FACES and South Bay Interfaith)

Come join us on the evening of January 19, 2009 for an interfaith citizens celebration and dedication on the momentous occasion of the inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama. This important day also commemorates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday marking the birthdate of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. who taught nonviolence and social justice, leading people of all ages and backgrounds to come together to improve lives, and bridge social barriers. Gather to recommit to a community of hope and peace on this historic occasion. There will be singing, inspirational presentations, time for meditation or prayer, and time to recommit ourselves to the work of building a community of hope together. Gather with your neighbors and fellow citizens from Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area on the eve of this historic occasion. Admission is Free; Parking Accessible.

Location: Santa Clara University Benson Student Center.

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Saturday, 13 December - Make a World of Difference
Community Conference

This event, offered in collaboration with Carry the Vision Community Nonviolence Conference (CTV), Santa Clara University, the South Bay Interfaith Steering Committee, and the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, will be an introduction to the global convening of the Parliament in Australia in December 2009.

Experience the difference that one community can make when we come together to reflect on issues of mutual concern, explore the good work that is currently being done, imagine possibilities, and discover the inspiration to take simple but profound steps toward hearing each other and healing our earth.

Topics to be addressed at this gathering:
- Healing the earth with care and concern: focus on the environment
- The role of women in local and global healing
- Overcoming poverty and the millennium development goals
- Social cohesion in communities

Location: Santa Clara University
Details and schedule TBA
See www.carrythevision.org

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Sunday, 16 November, 2 - 5 pm - A World Café for Parents

Join us to create the high school of the future.

We are laying plans for a new high school in Silicon Valley based on integrative principles and preparing students for college, career, service, and self-discovery.

You can help to develop this vision.
- How will young people develop identity - emotional, cultural, and spiritual?
- How will school make knowledge relevant to oneself and to the world?
- How will academic life encourage community service and civic engagement?
- How will students learn to understand a diverse society?

Location: Narayanan’s (1438 Enderby Way, Sunnyvale)
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Wednesday, 5 November -
Exploring Global Perspectives on Spiritual Development

(Center for Spiritual Development, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

A one-day summit for youth workers, researchers, and other leaders held in conjunction with Search Institute’s Healthy Communities - Healthy Youth Conference

Participate in the first public release and dialogue about global research findings from Search Institute’s Center for Spiritual Development in Childhood and Adolescence.

Then stay for Search Institute’s Healthy Communities and Healthy Youth Conference, Igniting Sparks: Connecting to Hope, November 6-8, at the Hyatt Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This gathering of 1,500 adults and youth committed to positive youth development includes a comprehensive track on spiritual development that extends the dialogue from the one-day preconference summit.

More information.
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Thursday, 2 October, 6:30 - 8:30 pm - Parenting with Compassion
Pat Belvel, M.A. (5 week course)

(Center for Spiritual Enlightenment)

Skills to create a family environment that will strengthen family relationships and support peaceful collaboration in the home.

Pat Sequiera Belvel is the author of Rethinking Classroom Management, a parent, teacher and educational consultant.

Fee: $125 (includes workbook)
Location: 1146 University Ave, San Jose

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Thursday-Sunday, 4-7 September 2008 -
Engaging the Other: The Power of Compassion

(Common Bond Institute)

An international, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conference examining concepts of "The OTHER" from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about concepts of "Us and Them." Presenters include: Huston Smith, Marianne Williamson, Don Edward Beck, Geshe Gendun Gyatso, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Reverend Paul Chaffee, Imam Zaid Shakir, Sen. John Vasconcellos, Maha ElGenaidi, Libby Traubman, Len Traubman, Sally Mahe.

Cost: $175- $395 depending on status and early registration
Location: San Mateo Mariott
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Saturday-Sunday, 9-10 August - Mindfulness in the Classroom

A Weekend Training for People Bringing Mindfulness into Schools
(Community Partnership for Mindfulness in Education)

The workshop is open to anyone currently teaching mindfulness to grades K-12, or who is interested in doing so. We will teach the practice of mindfulness and present a sample curriculum for a mindfulness training course targeted toward children and young adults. It can be used as a template for a 5 - 8 week, two to three times per week training, or can be adjusted to accommodate other programs. We will give recommendations for adjusting the curriculum to fit the constraints of particular situations. The workshop will be lecture, practice and interactive exercises.

Topics include:

- Working with children from diverse social, economic and racial backgrounds
- Teaching mindfulness to children in challenging situations
- Getting and keeping children interested and engaged
- Working with classroom teachers and school administrators
- Involving parents in supporting student’s use of mindfulness
- Importance of embodying mindfulness
- The science behind mindfulness
- Research demonstrating the power of using mindfulness with adolescents

Time: 9-4 Bring bag lunch
Cost: $150 No one will be turned away for lack of funds
More details.

Park Day School
370 43rd Street, Oakland, CA 94609
(510) 653-0317 Ext 105

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Wednesday, 6 August, 7 pm - Forming the New High School

Hear the development of our high school program, and add your thoughts to it. Consider how young people can learn about the world through exploration, cooperative activity, and reflective practice.

Location: 240 Monroe Drive #109, Mountain View, CA

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Thursday-Monday, 24-28 July - North American Interfaith Network

A Four-Day National Conference
(hosted by Interfaith Center at the Presidio and co-sponsored by the San Francisco FAITHS Program)

In 1988, multifaith relationships was a new idea. Today the religious fabric of our neighborhoods and cities is utterly changed. never in human history have so many followers of so many fiaths lived so closely together. How do we live into this challenge? What do we do next? Come to San Francisco and help answer these questions!

Location: University of San Francisco

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Friday-Sunday, 1-3 August - Transforming Education: Humanity's Essential Vocation

(Education as Transformation and Courage and Renewal Northeast)

At this special gathering with some of the nation's most renowned education experts, we reconnect with our original inspiration to teach. We explore new motivations for teaching and pinpoint inner and outer obstacles to applying our inspiration in the classroom. We consider the spiritual dimensions of our craft and identify how moments of meaning take place in the classroom, and the teaching strategies that invite those moments. We also articulate an ethic of connection in education, exploring the ways in which a holistic approach to teaching and learning creates the peaceful and just community we seek.

Faculty: Jonathan Kozol, Diana Chapman Walsh, Peter Laurence, Victor Kazanjian, Ji Hyang Sunim, Pamela Seigle, Lisa Sankowski

Location: Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Contact: 800-944-1001, web site

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Friday-Saturday, 18-19 July - Teaching Hope: The Nonviolent Classroom

(Metta Center)

- What is Nonviolence?
- How can it help me have a more peaceful classroom?
- How can it improve my teaching and my life?
- How can I teach it to my students?

Featuring:

Dr. Michael Nagler - founder of the Metta Center for Nonviolence Education
Dr. Rachel M. MacNair - Institute for Integrated Social Analysis
Azim Khamisa - The Tariq Khamisa Foundation
Dr. Joseph E. Marshall - Omega Boys Club/Street Soldier (to be confirmed)
Drs. Susy and Bill Stewart - Institute for Health and Healing
Mitch Hall - Clinical therapist, educator, author

Location: Bishop O’Dowd High School, Oakland, CA
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