Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT,
is a marriage and family therapist and author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He is the founding director of Mindful Education, a mindfulness and social emotional learning platform for educators. He organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute.
Schools around the world are turning to mindfulness and social-emotional learning as an antidote for rising stress, emotional dysregulation, and attention deficit. In school systems that have adopted mindfulness, students and teachers are happier, more focused, more compassionate, emotionally regulated, and less impacted by stress. What school would pass up a chance to raise test scores, have fewer playground fights, and cultivate a more peaceful school environment?