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Welcome to the Vermont-NEA ESP Conference Site.  To register for the conference, click the "sign up" link at the top right of the screen. After you have created account, click on "Schedule" and then select "Simple".  You are then able to select your morning and afternoon session as well as your lunch choice.

Please note that there is no "register" button.  If you are signed in and select your choices you are all signed up.  If you want to double check, just log out of Sched.org and and log in again.  You should see your selections.

 Then you can select your sessions.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Ariel Darby at  adarby@vtnea.org  or call her at 802-224-2409.

ESPs who are not Vermont-NEA members may register after March 1st.  There will be a $150 registration fee due to Vermont-NEA prior to March 29th, sent to Vermont-NEA, 10 Wheelock Street, Montpelier, VT  05602. ATTN:  ESP Conference 2015

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Friday, March 20 • 9:15am - 11:45am
Introduction to Resilience and Mindfulness Practice FULL

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As educators, we often ask children to "calm down" or "pay attention", but spend less time actually teaching them how to do so. Mindfulness practice is intended to help educators and students find a more focused and relaxed state of mind in order to be better prepared to receive new learning. These practices also help to develop the resilience that allows us to effectively cope with obstacles encountered along the way, and strategies for effective self-regulation. Current brain research, along with centuries old contemplative practice, tells us that there are very specific techniques we can emply to bring ourselves into a more optimal presence for learning. This session is designed to share some of the current work in the field of mindfulness, as well as to share some helpful breathing and focusing activities to practice on your own and with students in your instructional setting.


Friday March 20, 2015 9:15am - 11:45am
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