The following are conferences that are in some way affiliated with or at which presentations will be made by faculty of the MA Contemplative Education Program.
The Garrison Institute’s Initiative in Contemplation and Education
Twice a year Garrison offers multi-disciplinary conferences exploring the intersections among Social and Emotional Learning, Contemplative Education and Cognitive Development. Richard C. Brown, Contemplative Education Department Chair, serves on the Leadership Council of this Initiative and is one of the developers of Garrison’s Awareness and Concentration in Teaching program (ACT).
“ChildSpirit is dedicated to understanding and nurturing the spirituality of children. It is a network of families, researchers, teachers, health care providers, community and religious leaders, and scholars. Through an array of projects involving training, conferences, research, speaking, and consulting, ChildSpirit offers expertise and initiates projects to better understanding and nurture the spiritual life of young people and adults.”
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto was founded by John P. Miller. OISE holds exceptionally valuable bi-annual holistic education conferences. “Jack”, one of the pioneers of contemplative education, has written many interesting books on the subject.
Association for Mindfulness in Education
The Mindfulness in Education lecture series and conferences are organized by the Association for Mindfulness in Education. AME is a collaborative association of organizations and individuals working together to provide support for the growing interest in including mindfulness training as a component of K-12 education. They have been holding annual conferences since 2007.
National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools
“The National Coalition of Alternative Community Schools is a nonprofit educational organization. Since 1978, the Coalition has supported the work of students, parents, teachers and others in the field of alternative education, while informing the general public about its benefits and successes.”
[While not necessarily spiritually-based this holistic organization includes presentations from those perspectives at their annual conferences.]
EDUCATION as Transformation
“An international organization that works with colleges, universities, K-12 schools
and related institutions exploring:
1. the impact of religious diversity on education and strategies for addressing this diversity.
2. the role of spirituality in educational institutions, and particularly its relationship to teaching and learning pedagogy; the cultivation of values; moral and ethical development; and the fostering of global learning communities and responsible global citizens.”
This organization includes an Education and Spirituality Network.