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The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School / Edition 1

The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School / Edition 1

by Valerie L. Brown, Kirsten L. Olson


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483303086
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 12/23/2014
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 387,397
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Valerie Brown has studied and practiced mindfulness meditation in the Plum Village tradition since 1995 and was ordained as a member of the Tiep Hien Order by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003. She is an educational consultant and ICF-accredited leadership coach of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in leadership and mindfulness training for educational leaders ( Valerie’s life and work is a blending of career paths and disciplines, having devoted her early career as an attorney and lobbyist, representing educational institutions. She holds JD, MA, and BA degrees, and has trained extensively with the Center for Courage & Renewal, Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society/University of Massachusetts Medical School. As a certified Kundalini yoga teacher, she engages the wisdom of the mind-body connection to support vibrant, healthy leaders and teams. She shares her global vision of a society that is interconnected through mindful awareness and compassionate action in her first book, The Road That Teaches: Lessons in Transformation Through Travel (Quaker Bridge Media, 2012). Her latest book, co-authored with her friend and colleague, Kirsten Olson, The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School, offers inspirational portraits and simple practices to promote greater peace and understanding within schools. When not leading retreats or consulting nationally or internationally, she is an advocate for Right Sharing of World Resources, a Quaker micro-credit lending organization and for Mercer Street Friends, a Quaker organization helping families and communities make the journey out of poverty. She lives in the funky artist village of New Hope, PA. about midway between Manhattan and Philadelphia, with her husband. She firmly believes that ice cream and carousel rides are critical to a better world!

Kirsten Olson is Chief Listening Officer at Old Sow Coaching and Consulting, where she works with education and learning-sector leaders nationally and internationally. She received a masters and doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is also the author Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up To Old School Culture (Teachers College Press, 2009) and Schools as Colonizers (Verlag, 2008). Kirsten is a founding board member of the Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA), a national not-for-profit organized to create greater educational equity, social justice, and to foster passionate learning.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Richard Brady, President, Mindfulness in Education Network
Chapter 1. Why Mindfulness? The School Leader's Life
A School Leader Practicing Mindfulness
Benefits of Practice
What Is Mindfulness?
Why Do Leaders Need a Mindfulness Practice?
Leadership Challenges to Our Sector
Knowing When to Disengage and Recharge
How Stress Shapes Our Brains
Mindfulness for Educational Leaders
Your Leadership Practice Matters
A Leader With a Growing Mindfulness Practice
First Steps: You've Got to Practice
Portraits of Practice
Chapter 2. The Science of Mindfulness
Practice Snapshot: A School Leader Practicing Mindfulness
The Science of Mindfulness
Stress: A Public Health Risk for Educators
Mindfulness Alleviates Stress in the Body and Mind
Mindfulness Practice Aids
Portraits of Practice
Chapter 3. The Well-Focused School Leader
A Sleepless Night for Jason
Mindfulness and Attention Training
Two Ways to Practice: Formal and Informal
Mindfulness Practice Aids
Mindful Attitudes
How Much Practice Time?
Practices That Complement Mindfulness
Distraction: The New Normal and the School Leader’s Dilemma
Negativity Bias: Part of the School Leader’s Dilemma
The Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind
The Myth of Multitasking
Portraits of Practice
Chapter 4. Communication and Connection: Powerful Skills of the Mindful School Leader
Donna S.T.O.P.s
Mindful Communication: Mindful Speaking, Mindful Listening
Having Difficult Conversations
Mindfulness Practice Aids
Portraits of Practice
Chapter 5. Reclaiming Our Wholeness: Four Educational Leaders Explore Mindfulness
Portraits of Practice: Schools Leaders Practicing Mindfulness
Mindfulness Practice Aids
Chapter 6. Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence: Principles and Practices to Transform Your Leadership Life
A Leader Fails to Notice
A Leader Grows EQ Through Mindfulness Practice
Mindfulness Practice Aids
Portraits of Practice
Chapter 7. Mindful Leadership in Action: Putting It All Together
Fundamental Principles: The Evolution of the Leader Evolves the Team
Stepping-Stones in Your Leadership Journey: Know Yourself
What Mindfulness Practice Supports
A Mindful Leader in Action: A Last Case Study
Well-Being and Compassion at the Center of a New Educational Vision
Mindfulness Practice Aids
Portraits of Practice
Appendix A: Books for the Mindful School Leader (Online Only)
Appendix B: The (General) Mindful Library (Online Only)
Appendix C: Mindfulness Apps—Our Top Picks (Online Only)
Appendix D: Our Top Picks for Websites and Places to Practice Mindfulness (Online Only)
Appendix E: Relevant, Recent Mindfulness Research in Education (Online Only)
Appendix F: Comprehensive List of All Mindfulness Practice Aids in This Book (Online Only)
Appendix G: Mindful Attention Awareness Scale (Online Only)

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