Summer Institutes

GLOS X0031-Empowering Students to Improve the World: Mindfulness and Global Lessons


Date: June 24-27, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Place: West Bank, University of Minnesota
CEUs: 30
Cost: $100 

This is a summer institute for K-12 and community college educators.  In the morning, all participants will be learning about current research and application of mindfulness in education .  In the afternoon, participants will be exposed to exceptional lessons with global content developed and presented by alumni of the National Education Association Foundation Global Learning Fellows.  We will also be looking at resources such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they can be used in all classrooms to help students take action.  Dr Douglas Kennedy will be facilitating the morning sessions. 

Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing, Level 2 CQ Certified Facilitator, and IDI Qualified Administrator. At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kennedy has worked in both teacher education and in the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance’s Internationalizing Teaching and Learning cohort program, a year-long professional development program for faculty. In his current role, Dr. Kennedy works on building teacher capabilities in emotional regulation and culturally relevant pedagogy through mindfulness and reflective practices. Prior to the University of Minnesota, Dr. Kennedy taught high school social studies, AP US History, AP Macroeconomics, and IB Theory of Knowledge. 

During the professional development morning workshop sessions, participants will deepen their understanding of intercultural competence through discussions on research, personal reflection, and experiential learning. A brief overview of the day’s activities are as follows:

*Debrief and interpretation of CQ multi-rater assessments
*Research overview and overview of intercultural competence
*Reflection and discussion of intercultural competence as it relates to teaching practices
*Experiential learning activities on intercultural competence and teaching