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Mindful Holiday Moments

Happy Holidays from everyone on the ResearchILD and SMARTS Executive Function teams! We wish you a relaxing break, and we hope that your 2023 is filled with effective executive function strategies.

Making Time for Mindful Holiday Moments

The holiday season can be an overwhelming time of year, so it’s important to make time for mindful moments. Why not take time to incorporate mindfulness practices while reflecting on the past year and setting intentions for 2023?

Before the holiday break begins, it can help to carve out quiet times for students as well. Over the past two decades, school-based mindfulness programs have risen in popularity to help address the stress, anxiety, and dysregulation students are facing in their daily lives.

To get started at home or in school, check out these mindfulness-centered blog posts:

Build Your Executive Function Toolkit in 2023

Are you interested in building your Executive Function Toolkit? Join us in February and March to hear from EF experts on topics such as the intersection of EF and social-emotional learning, time management, Universal Design for Learning, and goal setting. Learn more and register today.

  • Caitlin Vanderberg, M.Ed., SMARTS Associate

SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum: smarts-ef.org

Research Institute for Learning and Development: researchild.org

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Maximizing Mindfulness in Schools 

Over the past two decades, school-based mindfulness programs have risen in popularity to help address the stress, anxiety, and dysregulation students are facing in their daily lives. What does research tell us about the efficacy of mindfulness programs in schools and best practices for program implementation?

Mindfulness: Research to Practice

ResearchILD is fortunate to host Rebecca Baelen, Ph.D., at our 37th Annual Executive Function Conference, where she will offer a pre-recorded concurrent presentation on “School-Based Mindfulness Programs: Research and Practical Implications,” drawing from her expertise as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Illinois Chicago where she studies the effects and implementation of social and emotional learning and mindfulness-based programs for teachers and students(link opens in new tab/window).

Dr. Baelen’s presentation will cover:

  • Research on school-based mindfulness programs
  • Factors that affect implementation in the school and classroom setting
  • Practical tools for successfully implementing mindfulness programs into school and classroom settings

Mindfulness in Action

In addition to Dr. Baelen’s focus on the research behind school-based mindfulness programs, we are excited to have two educators share their experience fostering students’ executive function and social-emotional learning skills.

Suellen Inwood, M.S., director and co-founder of the Easton Country Day School, and her former student, Tessa Zimmerman, B.S., founder and executive director of Upstream Education(link opens in new tab/window), will speak on “Addressing Social and Emotional Learning and Enhancing Mindfulness” in their pre-recorded concurrent presentation at ResearchILD’s 37th Annual Executive Function Conference.

Participants will walk away from this session with concrete tools for helping students reduce their anxiety, build resilience, and enhance overall well-being.

Learn More

Has your school already implemented a mindfulness program to support students? What questions do you have about the research around best practices for mindfulness in schools? To learn more, we invite you to attend ResearchILD’s 37th Annual Executive Function Conference on November 3 and 4, 2022, to hear from these presenters and more.

  • Caitlin Vanderberg, M.Ed., SMARTS Associate

SMARTS Executive Function Curriculum: smarts-ef.org

Research Institute for Learning and Development: researchild.org

The Institute for Learning and Development: ildlex.org