"Teachers are the engine that drives SEL programs and practices in schools, and their own social-emotional competence and well-being strongly influences their students."
- Dr. KIMBERLY SCHONERT-REICHL, PROFESSOR OF HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, UNIV. BRITISH COLUMBIA
What is Millennium Forum?
Forum is an intimate learning circle in which educators come together within a safe council of peers to learn and practice a critical set of applied developmental science skills that can positively impact teacher well-being, stress-reduction, and classroom quality, which are correlated with increased student engagement and academic performance.
The 3 Core Needs that Forum addresses:
1. Teacher Self-Care
2. Peer-to-Peer Support
3. Mindful Social-emotional learning Professional Development
The Forum method tackles current gaps in the SEL movement by helping educators confidently develop the capacities they seek for themselves and to model in the classroom. Within the confidentiality of their Forum teachers can safely access peer-to-peer support and coaching, learning from others equally committed to whole-child development. In contrast to one-time workshops, teachers take turn surfacing real-world challenges each month, applying science-backed techniques within a structured process for sustainable, embedded professional development. The ultimate goal of Forum is to facilitate a compassionate global community of educators, empowering them to cultivate their most inspired inner teaching qualities, reducing burnout and increasing overall Well-being.
Millennium Forum Highlights:
Small groups of 8 educators led by senior Forum moderators
Meeting for 90-120 minutes every 3-4 weeks
Log-on from the comfort of your home, when convenient to you
Dedicated online moderated circle technology & tools
Opportunity for deeper in-person and school-based sessions
Expert mindfulness, SEL and restorative practice content
Possible path for certification as a future Millennium Forum Moderator
Forum pilots launch in late August 2018 and run through May 2019
2018-19 Forum guides:
Margaret Golden, Ed.D., Forum Director – Margaret coordinates the design, implementation and distribution partners for the Forum Program. As a facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal, she has worked closely with Parker J. Palmer in support of creating Circles of Trust® for educators (Courage to Teach® and Courage to Lead®). Margaret is also Professor Emerita of Education at Dominican University of California, where she directed the elementary and secondary credential programs and pursued her passion for educational equity and the study of social-emotional development and spirituality in children and adults. Margaret received both a Masters in Educational Administration, and a EdD in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley.
Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT, Director of Mindful Education – Daniel is one of the premier leaders in the field of mindful education in the U.S. He is the author of “The Way of Mindful Education” and “The Mindful Education Workbook”. He is the founding director of Mindful Education, which hosts online courses, consulting, and an annual conference on mindfulness for educators at the Omega Institute. He is a co-founder of the year-long Transformative Educational Leadership program with Linda Lantieri and Meena Srinivasan. Daniel is an active partner with Millennium, advising on curriculum design, moderating Forums, training other moderators, and coordinating partners.
Jeff Snipes, Co-Founder and Chairman of Millennium.org - Jeff has more than 20 years of experience facilitating Forum for business leaders and educators. He has led several education-related organizations and facilitated scores of conscious leadership circles and retreats. Jeff currently serves on the boards of Mindful Schools and Education Superhighway, and advises select San Francisco Public Schools on the implementation of Mindful SEL programs for faculty and students. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of Millennium School, where he leads the mindfulness, Forum, and "Life, Learning & Leadership" programs. Previously, Jeff served on the board of Stanford's Challenge Success and Marin Montessori School, where he helped launch a model whole-student progressive middle school. Jeff’s deep knowledge of developmental psychology grows out of his personal journey into contemplative practices and tenure as CEO of one of the largest U.S. blended leadership development companies.
Meena Srinivasan is an educator, writer and innovator who's been teaching and leading in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) for over 15 years. She is author of Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom (Parallax Press, 2014) and the forthcoming, SEL Everyday: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning with Instruction in Secondary Classrooms (Norton, 2019). Meena served on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network, is in her sixth year of working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement SEL system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District, and is core faculty of Transformative Educational Leadership. Meena is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential with the State of California. Learn more at meenasrinivasan.com.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Educators from across the country will be matched into 8-person Forums, which will meet online each month. Veteran moderators will guide each group through instruction in Forum practices, including advanced mindfulness, social-emotional, and restorative practice skills. Through peer-to-peer exploration and coaching, participating educators will deepen their personal access to greater self-care, human-centered teaching techniques, and overall wholeness and Well-being.