Keynote Speakers Executive Director Fiona Jensen and Program Director Adria Kennedy are presenting:
When you teach mindfulness in public schools are you in conflict with the First Amendment? Is it being taught in a way that is safe for children? Executive Director and founder of Calmer Choice, Fiona Jensen presents a compelling and thoughtful narrative on her journey navigating through challenging waters after a conservative Christian parent and biblical law firm very publicly articulated concerns with mindfulness being taught in the public schools as First Amendment violation and the allegations of this programming being potentially harmful for children. Fiona speaks honestly and compassionately about the struggle her grassroots non-profit organization, Calmer Choice faced, how they emerged through this huge challenge last year stronger and wiser, and the overwhelmingly support from the community.
The session will cover Calmer Choice’s journey, why they started the organization, what happened over the last year with allegations, the lessons learned, the national recognition and changes made to create a better program. Attendees with leave the session with a clearer understanding of how to ensure what you are teaching is secular, you will gain a clear definition of the First Amendment, and how to avoid potential harm when teaching these skills.
If you teach or want to teach mindfulness in public school this keynote will provide you with the initial knowledge you need to be sure you REALLY are secular. Those looking for a more in-depth look at this may also sign up for the 3 hour workshop titled “Is it REALLY Secular?” And for additional resources on secular mindfulness in education, please visit Dr. Amy Saltzman’s blog.