Our very own Director of Community Programs Bev Pierce presented at the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) annual National Training Seminar in Washington D.C. last month. The seminar attracts more than 700 attendees every year.
Bev co-presented a session on mindfulness, an important element of our Mission Thrive program. The session was organized by the Samueli Institute, as part of the Seminar’s “health track,” together with additional sessions on healthy eating, physical activity, and other topics important to children of military families.
Bev, along with two co-presenters, offered a session called “Mindfulness and Movement: The Dynamic Duo of Stress Reduction.” Her co-presenters taught attendees about stress, stress management, and yoga, and Bev described how mindfulness training supports school-based and social learning. Demonstrating a lesson from the Mindful Schools curriculum, she showed how mindfulness can be integrated into classrooms for all ages.
Teaching and spreading mindfulness, especially in schools, is important to the Institute. Mission Thrive teaches students how to live healthy lives through mindfulness, proper nutrition, physical activity, and community service. Mission Thrive is meant to be replicated and shared with other schools and communities, and its current success is allowing that to happen. As Bev explained, “I’ve been studying meditation and mindfulness for about 25 years. The research in this field is very strong, so we’d like to introduce mindfulness training to a number of interested schools.”