MSSWA Region 4A Meeting

  • 12/01/2015
  • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Anoka-Hennepin Ed Services Ctr, 2727 N. Ferry Street, Anoka, MN


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 MSSWA Region 4A Meeting:

Mindfulness at School

Presented by Mary T. Schmitz

Tuesday, December 1st


George Petty Room

Anoka-Hennepin Educational Services Center

2727 N. Ferry Street

Anoka, MN 55303

Mindfulness at School:  An Introduction

Mindfulness, intentionally bringing awareness to the current moment, has been receiving a lot of attention as of late. Mary T. Schmitz, LICSW, & Mindful Education Specialist for Elk River Area Schools will help educators understand what Mindfulness is and why it makes sense to practice Mindfulness at school.  By considering current neuroscience research as well as what we know about how children learn along with noticing what often interrupts that process, namely emotion dysregulation and lack of focus, Schmitz will share how Mindfulness may be an anecdote.  Additionally, Mary T. will create fun, safe space for educators to learn some Mindfulness Practices for self-care.


●     Explore Mind-Body connection and how it affects learning and behavior

●     Increase understanding of Mindfulness and the neuroscience of attention, learning and behavior

●     Describe cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of Mindfulness Practice

●     Provide insight and Practice for Educators to integrate Mindfulness into their personal lives as a means to manage and reduce stress and decrease educator burnout.

Mary T. is a LICSW and been working as a School Social Worker for over two decades.  Currently, Mary T. is the Mindfulness Education Specialist for the Elk River Area School District.  Schmitz’ training specific to Mindfulness includes:

  •  Yoga Calm Certified Trainer, 2015
  • MBSR Teacher Endorsement, UMASS Medical,  2015
  • RYT 200 Teacher Training, 2014
  • Mindful Education Institute (MEI)Graduate, 2013
  • Mindful Schools & Still, Quiet Place Curriculum Trainings, 2012

Please contact your 4A Region Representative w/questions:

Julia Messenger, LGSW
School Social Worker
Sand Creek Elementary

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