Trauma-Informed Tools to Support SEL, Academic Success, Behavior and Climate
In this experiential session, you will learn how integrating simple, engaging, developmentally appropriate yoga and mindfulness practices, specifically designed for the time and space crunched classroom, can be a convenient, engaging and effective way to promote the development of SEL competencies, positive climate and student success. Participants will learn a variety of practical strategies they can immediately use with their students and for themselves, as well as research, case studies, and best practices for building support in their school community. Illustrated handouts and access to a library of additional helpful resources will be provided.
This offering serves as the foundational workshop presented through Yoga 4 Classrooms (www.yoga4classrooms.com)
Lisa Flynn is founder of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms, national organizations providing professional development trainings, curricula, resources and consulting to individuals, schools and organizations who support the social, emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of children, youth and families. She is author of the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck (2011); Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children (2013); and Yoga for Children—Yoga Cards: 50+ Yoga and Mindfulness Activities for Kids (2018); contributor to the newly released Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field (2019); and sponsor of the Research Repository: Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness for Children, Adolescents and in Schools. Lisa contributed to the first published research study to use subjective and objective data to examine the acute and longitudinal effects of a school based yoga intervention in young children and her work has been featured on Fox News and publications such as Education Week, Forbes, Greater Good Magazine, Yoga Journal and Parents. In addition to supporting a diverse group of schools in sustainably implementing yoga and mindfulness school wide, Lisa is a national presenter and advocate for youth mental health and the integration of MY-SEL (mindfulness, yoga, social and emotional learning) in education. Closer to home, she also serves as a proud school board member of MSAD 35 / South Berwick and Eliot, ME.