Community Circle Calendar of Online & Live In Person Events

Continuing Education PD Credits available on some sessions

April 2018

April 14, 2018 9am-11am – Online Meeting

Host: Sunny Wight – Founder of Mindfulness First

Topic: An introduction to mindfulness in education

Sunny is speaking on behalf of the Mindfulness First team, sharing the knowledge and experience they have gained working in the nascent industry of ‘Mindfulness In Education’ since 2013.

May 2018

May 12, 2018 9am-11am – Online Meeting

Topic 1: The Science of Mindfulness– Teaching Kids the Biology of Mindfulness

Topic 2: The Science of Mindfulness- Brain Science and the nervous system: How mindfulness helps you self-regulate

Host: Sunny Wight – (Topic 1 )

Co-Host: Dr. Debbie Baldemor – (Topic 2)

*Continuing PD Credits available

Sunny is speaking on behalf of the Mindfulness First team, sharing the knowledge and experience they have gained working in the nascent industry of ‘Mindfulness In Education’ since 2013.

Dr. Deborah Baldemor is a family medicine doctor in Scottsdale, Arizona. She received her medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Baldemor also teaches medical students at the downtown U of A campus and is passionate about integrative medicine.

June 2018

June 9, 2018 9am-11am – Online Meeting

Topic: Mindful Healing and Wellness- Self-Care for Educators – An Introduction

Co-Host: Lauren Coe

*Continuing PD Credits available

Lauren Coe, EdS, NCSP, ABSNP, works as a School Psychologist in the Mesa Public School District. Lauren is passionate about implementing Mindfulness and PBIS foundations in schools. Lauren is a Board member for Mindfulness First, providing Programming oversight.

July 2018

July 14, 2018 9am-11am – Online Meeting

Topic: Mindful Art For Adults and Kids

Co-Host: Cheryl Sosnowski

Has practiced meditation for more than 20 years and is a graduate of UCLA’s Intensive Mindfulness Practice Program, as well as a graduate of MindfulSchools teacher certification. She has also gone through MBSR and MBSC trainings. She has taught since 2014, leading sitting groups, class series and creative meditation retreats. She has collaborated with the non-profit community bringing mindfulness training and art projects to at-risk youth.

Cheryl is a life-long learner who loves neuroscience and is passionate about keeping up with the latest research pertaining to mindfulness, art for healing and meditation. Cheryl is also a visual artist and is interested in the intersection of the arts and mindfulness as a form of meditation, healing and personal growth. Cheryl is the owner of Create Space Studios:

August 2018

August 11, 2018 9am-11am – Online Meeting

Topic: Mindful Techniques / Activities for Children– Mindful Movement for kids

Co-host: Melissa Paganini

*Continuing PD Credits available

Melissa has been working in education for many years as a classroom and online teacher.  She has incorporated her passion of mindfulness and yoga into her classrooms, and uses these experiences to grow awareness and connect with others. Melissa has created curriculum for Mindfulness First and taught students, parents and teachers as part of Crockett Elementary School’s mindfulness program.

September 2018

September 8, 2018 9am-11am – Online Meeting

Topic:  Teaching mindfulness to youth as a mental health therapist

Co-Host:  Emmanuelle Giumelli

*Continuing PD Credits available

Emmanuelle Giumelli has been working in Flagstaff, AZ for 13 years, in schools, as a mindfulness based mental health therapist. Her certifications as a mindfulness educator are extensive. She has been a mindfulness consultant and educator since 2012 in schools and her community. She is the author of the children’s book “See, Hear, Feel:Mindfulness for Children One Moment at a Time” (Wisdom Pubications, 2018).

October 2018

October 13, 2018 9am-11am- Online Meeting

Topic: Mindfulness in Schools –  School-based Mindfulness: The integration of restorative practices with mindfulness and trauma-awareness.

Co-host: Emily Saunders

*Continuing PD Credits available

Emily is a community-based social worker who integrates mindfulness into her therapeutic, classroom, and systems-level work with schools, families, at-risk young people, and adult clients. She has consulted, delivered training, and developed curriculum for numerous public schools and service organizations. Emily’s intersecting interests and training include school climate transformation, restorative justice, anti-oppressive education approaches, integrated healthcare systems, mindful creative expression.

November 2018

November 10, 2018 9am-11am – Online Meeting

Topic: Mindfulness in Schools – Classroom management with mindfulness

Co-host: Elizabeth Frias

*Continuing PD Credits available

Elizabeth taught middle and high school English and humanities in Albuquerque, Santa Monica, and Las Vegas prior to becoming a clinical instructor at Arizona State University. She fell in love with the clinical side of teacher education while completing her doctoral coursework. Professor Frias supervised student teachers, taught undergraduate level courses, and worked at Teach For America as a manager of teacher leadership and development in the past. She currently teaches within the MAC and InMAC programs and supervises apprentice teachers. Professor Frias’ research interests include mindfulness in education, contemplative studies, teacher stress and burnout, and social and emotional learning. Her dissertation explored the professional and personal experiences of teachers who self-identified as mindfulness practitioners.

December 2018

December 8, 2018 9am-11am – Online Meeting

Topic: Mindfulness in Schools – Working with Pre-K students

Co-host: Kathy Hegberg

*Continuing PD Credits available

Working with children and families since the 1970’s, Kathy Hegberg, M.A. is a licensed counselor whose experience includes crisis intervention with families in distress, working in private practice with families and children, providing specialized groups in public schools, and teaching child and family therapy at the University of Colorado-Denver.  Most recently, Kathy created the FocusedKids™ program in 2013 teaching mindfulness to 3-4 year olds, when their brains are growing most dynamically.

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