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CARE for Teachers: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Promoting Teachers’ Social and Emotional Competence and Well-Being

  • Patricia A. JenningsEmail author
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Part of the Mindfulness in Behavioral Health book series (MIBH)

Abstract

Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education™ (CARE for Teachers) is an in-service professional development program designed by a team of educators and scientific advisors to promote social and emotional competence (SEC) and well-being to help teachers manage classroom stress and enliven their teaching in order to promote improvements in relationships with students, classroom management, and social–emotional learning. Teacher quality is a top priority of our national policy agenda of improving student academic achievement. Supporting teachers’ well-being and their SEC to manage stress and emotion reactivity in the context of the classroom may be key to optimizing their teaching effectiveness. A promising approach for cultivating teachers’ SEC and well-being is through mindfulness-based contemplative practices. Consistent with SEC, Mindful awareness practices (MAPs) involve two primary mechanisms: self-regulation of attention and non-judgmental awareness. Self-regulation of attention promotes awareness of one’s emotional and cognitive experience as it occurs moment-to-moment. Non-judgmental awareness is characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance of one’s moment-to-moment experience. The chapter further explains how MAPs may support teacher SEC and well-being and reviews a series of studies of the CARE program that have demonstrated positive effects on teacher well-being, mindfulness, and efficacy. The chapter also outlines a program of research to further examine the mechanisms of change and to examine whether positive outcomes found among teachers may translate into improvement in classroom and student outcomes.

Keywords

Mindfulness Teacher professional development Social and emotional competence Well-being Classroom management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Curry School of Education, University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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