"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. Embedded 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
Veteran Forum Moderators:
Margaret Golden, Ed.D., Forum Program Director – Margaret will join Millennium full-time in August to coordinate the design, implementation and distribution partners for the Forum Program. Since 2005, Margaret has been a facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal and has recently been directing their “Leading Together” Program for Educators. During that time, she worked closely with Parker J. Palmer to bring his wisdom into educational and certification programs (“Courage to Teach” and Courage to Lead") for coaches and educators around the world. Margaret is a Professor Emerita of Education and Director of the Courage to Teach program at Dominican University, where she has actively 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 field of mindful education in the US. He is 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 the largest annual conference on mindfulness for educators. He is a co-founder of the year-long Transformative Educational Leadership program with Linda Lantieri and featuring Dan Siegel, Daniel Goleman and others. Daniel is an active partner with Millennium, advising on curriculum design, moderating Forums, training other moderators, coordinating partners, and guiding Forum distribution through his network of 7,000 mindful educators.
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, MA, NBCT, is an Indian-American educator, writer, and innovator who’s been teaching and leading with an equity focus in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) for over 15 years and has taught and worked in a variety of school settings—public, private, urban, and international. Her inspiring book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom (Parallax Press, 2014) was featured on Edutopia and received numerous endorsements including ones from Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Congressman Tim Ryan. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential with the State of California, and 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.
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.
How to Apply:
Millennium is currently accepting applications for educators interested in participating in a pilot Forum group next school year (2018-19). Participants will be matched into a Forum of peers based on affinity, schedule availability, and geographic location. No previous experience in mindfulness, social-emotional learning, or restorative practices is required, although we will be diving deeply into these techniques en route to a formal certification process. Educational administrators, counselors, coaches and therapists are also welcome to apply.
DEADLINE TO APPLY IS JULY 15th
Limited spots are available. Please apply by July 15th, 2018.
You will be notified of your acceptance and placement into a Forum no later than Wednesday, August 1st, 2018.
Online Only: Forums will meet online every 3-4 weeks throughout the school year for 90-120 minutes per session….
Online PLUS: Forums will meet online every 3-4 weeks, as well as in-person locally for deeper 1-day workshops in August & January… $600/yr, $395/yr.
Payment will be due upon acceptance into Forum.