Mindful Kids Peace Summit Speaker Info

Speakers Info


Heather Schwartz • https://casel.org


Session Title:  CASEL-Social Emotional Learning: What it is and Why it Matters

Free Learning Resources: 

Support Resources

School Guide

Newsletter: Join the Movement Newsletter

Heather Schwartz works with school leaders and teams of teachers on effective implementation of CASEL’s systemic SEL model. Before coming to CASEL, she taught seventh grade and completed a master’s in educational leadership at Columbia University Teachers College. Heather enjoys yoga, dance, and reading fiction. She aspires to contribute to a more just society by supporting SEL in schools.


Andrea Samadi • https://achieveit360.com


Session Title:  5 Simple Ways to Use Your Brain to Get Better Results with Your Grades, Sports and Life!

Free Learning Resources: 

Level Up PDF 

 What I am feeling?

Newsletter:  Join newsletter  https://achieveit360.com

Andrea Samadi, a former middle school teacher, has worked with some of the most powerful minds in the motivational speaking industry. She participates in ongoing mentoring featuring some of the top neuroscience researchers in the country and has developed an online course for educators and students to apply basic neuroscience for improved results with grades, sports and life. She is currently working on a new book and online program to increase productivity in the workplace.

Buy: Level Up Home Study program (over 60 online lessons)


Dave Smith • https://www.mindfulschools.org/

Session Title:  Mindfulness in Schools

Mr. Dave Smith is the Head of Practice for Mindful Schools, an organization that integrates mindfulness into the everyday learning environment of K-12 classrooms. Mr. Smith is also a mindfulness teacher, addiction treatment specialist, and published author. He has extensive experience bringing meditative interventions into schools, youth detention centers and addiction treatment facilities, and he works with students through a meditation mentoring program.

JusTme • http://www.justmindfulness.com/


Session Title: Exercise: Exploring Relevance Meditation

JusTme is a mindful hip-hop artist and mindfulness instructor. Since 2012, he has been bringing students and their families positivity, mindful practices, and well-being through his coined term, “mindful Hip-hop”, JusTme started working with K-12 students in the West Contra Costa Unified School District of Richmond, CA. Inspired by JusTme’s musical approach, a group of 5th grade student’s at Glendale Elementary made a music video for JusTme’s “D.F.Y.L” (Don’t Flip Your Lid). This song explains the brain science on the ‘Fight or Flight response’, and how mindfulness can help a person calm that response. He does school visits and assemblies as well as virtual mindfulness “Kick It” sessions. http://www.justmindfulness.com/

Diane Geharthttps://dianegehart.com


Session Title:  What I Wish I Knew Before 10 th Grade: The Science of Happiness for Youth

Free Learning Resource:  http://www.mindfulschool.net/Lessons/

Diane Gehart, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at California State University, Northridge and has a private practice in Agoura Hills, California. She has authored several books including Mindfulness for Chocolate Lovers: A Light-hearted Way to Stress Less and Savor More Each Day (due out September 2019), Mindfulness and Acceptance in Couple and Family Therapy, and Mastering Competencies in Family Therapy, and co-edited Collaborative Therapy: Relationships and Conversations that Make a Difference. In addition to teaching mindfulness in therapy to children, families, couples, and adults, she has also developed a school-based mindfulness for preschool and elementary schools.

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Andrew Jordan Nance • http://www.mindfulartssf.org


Session Title:  Navigating Emotions

Free Learning Resource: 

Video Emotional Musical Chairs

What Am I Feeling Worksheet

Andrew Jordan Nance is the author of two books, Puppy Mind, and Mindful Arts in the Classroom as well as the forthcoming book The Lion in Me (Parallax Press). He has been an educator since 1992. He is the founder of Mindful Arts San Francisco, whose mission is to provide volunteer mindful educators to teach at underserved San Francisco schools. His mindfulness training comes from Mindful Schools, Spirit Rock, the Greater Good Science Center, The Omega Institute, and Esalen. He is on the board of directors of several educational nonprofit organizations including the Mindful Life Project in Richmond, California; San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theater Center; and Arts Ed Matters, a California-based arts-integration organization. Andrew Jordan Nance lives in San Francisco.

Buy: Mindful Arts in the Classroom, Puppy Mind, The Lion in Me

Supna Shahhttps://wegokids.lpages.co/raisingei/


Session Title:  Raising Teens with Emotional Intelligence

Free Learning Resource:  https://wegokids.lpages.co/tantrumfree/

Supna Shah is the founder of WeGo kids and mom of 5 year old triplets. WeGo kids takes an Emotional Intelligence approach to everyday parenting and delivers innovative content and products to parents, just before they need them. With over a decade studying and applying principles of Emotional Intelligence in multi-national corporations, Supna used emotional intelligence to help guide her as a first time mom. When Supna realized that she wasn’t having many of the challenges of other parents, she started sharing her techniques with others, and WeGo kids was born.


Rick Hanson • https://www.rickhanson.net


Session Title:  Build a Happier Brain!


Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.

Buy HardWiring Happiness


Karen Bluth • https://karenbluth.com


Session Title:  Helping Teens Cope: Self-Compassion for Teens

Free Learning Resources

Research Articles

Dr. Karen Bluth is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a certified instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion, an internationally acclaimed 8-week course created by Dr. Kristin Neff and Dr. Chris Germer. She is co-creator of the curriculum Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, the teen adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for adults, and author of the book “The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are” (New Harbinger Publishers).

Buy: The Self-Compassion Workbook: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are


Angelina Alvarez• www.innerexplorer.org



Session Title:  Exercise: Exploring Potential Meditation

Free Learning Resource: 

Activities for the Classroom

Introduction to Inner Explorer

Sue DeCarohttps://www.decaroparentcoaching.com


Session Title:  Creating a Sense of Calm and Peace Within

Free Learning Resources: Self-care for parents


Sue is a heart-centered life coach, educator, motivational speaker, and writer, working with individuals, corporations and families around the globe to navigate life’s daily challenges. While integrating education, consciousness, and coaching, Sue helps individuals to feel empowered, grow and thrive. Her passion is to help people deeply connect to themselves, to their children, and of course, to the world around them, creating a brighter future.

Michael Bready  youthmindfulness.com


Session Title:  Mindfulness for Youth

Free Resources: Overview of Youth Mindfulness Kids

Michael Bready is the founder and director of Youth Mindfulness: a Glasgow-based charity dedicated to enhancing the wellbeing of young people through developing innovative mindfulness programmes. He’s taught mindfulness to 1,000s of children teens and adults; developed a positively evaluated mindfulness programmes for young men in prison; and has trained over 600 educators from more than 15 countries to deliver the Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme.


Laurie Rich Levinson

Session Title:  Why Programs Like This Are So Important

Laurie Rich Levinson was elected in 2010, and re-elected in 2014 and 2018, as the District 6 Broward County School Board Member. She was Born and raised in South Florida, she is married and has three children, all of whom attended Broward County Public Schools. Ms. Laurie Rich Levinson graduated from Miami Palmetto Senior High and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Brandeis University.  She has been in the business world for over 30 years, and
a parent activist for over 20 years at the school, area, and district levels. She presently represents the School Board on the Board of the Council of the Great City Schools, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, and the Early Childhood Learning Coalition. Additionally, she is on the State Board of Take Stock in Children and a JAFCO Ability Center Board Member. Thank you for joining us for the peace summit Ms. Rich Levinson.


Sam Himelstein, PhD • https://centerforadolescentstudies.com


Session Title:  Working with Trauma-Impacted Youth

Free Resources: Teaching Mindfulness To Teens


Dr. Sam Himelstein is a licensed psychologist in Oakland, CA and has specialized in teaching mindfulness to trauma-impacted youth for over a decade. He has worked with youth in the justice system, foster care system, in schools, in juvenile halls, in outpatient medical settings, and in private practice. His own background in juvenile hall influences his passion for working with young people and teaching mindfulness.

Buy: Trauma-Informed Mindfulness With Teens


Knellee Bisram • https://www.ahameducation.org



Session Title: Body Scan – in both English and Spanish


Knellee Bisram is a Certified Mindfulness Trainer, Social and Emotional Learning Coach, Social Sciences professor, and consultant to NGOs and International Organizations. She is the founder and CEO of AHAM Education, a transnational social investment initiative empowering youth and underserved individuals with evidence-based presence, positive psychology and peace tools that cultivate social-emotional intelligence and well-being. She is also currently the SEL Specialist for Prime Time Palm Beach County, serving under the national Partnerships for Social and Emotional Initiative funded by the Wallace Foundation to integrate SEL practice for adults and children from 7am to 7pm. Knellee has been a student of meditation and Present Moment Awareness for over 30 years, serves on various community mind body committees and boards, and has designed curricula and taught Mindfulness, SEL and Emotional Intelligence to youth and disabled individuals, teachers, counsellors, youth workers, health practitioners, veterans, business and community leaders in English and Spanish throughout the Americas. Knellee holds a MA in International Relations/Latin American Studies, a BA in Languages, and BSc in International Business. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese and continues to explore new languages.

Richard Burnetthttps://mindfulnessinschools.org


Session Title:  How to Bring Mindfulness to Young People and Those Who Care for Them

Free Learning Resources



Richard Burnett is Co-founder and Director of Mindfulness in Schools Project (www.mindfulnessinschools.org). Richard co-wrote the highly-acclaimed 10 week mindfulness course, .b (pronounced dot-b) designed to engage adolescents in the classroom. Richard is a teacher and boarding Housemaster at Tonbridge School, the first school in the UK to put mindfulness on the curriculum, an event covered by press, TV and radio in early 2010. He gave a TEDx talk about mindfulness in schools and was an expert witness at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health and Education. Since 2011, MiSP has trained over 4,500 teachers and reached around 400,000 children and young people. Jon Kabat Zinn headlined MiSP’s most recent conference in June 2018, highlights of which can be seen here.


Go All Creative EDU •  Go Creative Edu Website 


Session Title:  Film Mindfulness

Go All Creative EDU brings authentic real-world experiences into schools – to help school teams with their efforts in supporting creativity, development of 21st century skills and whole-child development.

What it is
Go All Creative EDU is a groundbreaking new video-based Professional Development platform that brings the authentic, real-world voice and experience of highly successful Super Creatives into schools. Guest Super Creatives include Tricky Stewart, multi-Grammy award-winning music producer and songwriter (i.e., Beyoncé / Single Ladies, Rihanna / Umbrella), Jeremy Soule, music composer of some of the highest grossing video games (i.e., Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Harry Potter), Audrie and Georg Roth of GRLA, international fashion designers, and Pen Densham, Oscar nominated filmmaker (i.e., Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Backdraft). Season 1 covers the main themes that emerged from these conversations: the importance of iterating your work, the power of curiosity in rewiring the brain, use of calibration experiences to create excellence and the value of relationships. This online series features 5 episodes 15 to 18 minutes long with corresponding activity and discussion guides for school teams, students and the home. 
Who we are
Designed and created by education innovator and school designer, Ted Fujimoto, and film and television actress and content producer, LeighFaith, who spoke with award-winning Super Creatives around the world across different disciplines about what it truly takes to be creative. 
Leigh has acted in over 20 feature film and television projects for CBS, Lifetime, Syfy, CW and more, and produces content through her production company, Unleighshed Media Group. Ted is an education innovator, school designer and entrepreneur who co-founded the original New Technology High School in Napa, California, and the replication organization known as the New Tech Network with over 200 schools. He co-designed the scaling and replication strategies for organizations that redesigned more than 700 high performing public schools.

Check out Episode 3 where Super Creatives talk Mindfulness.  

Helen Maffinihttps://www.facebook.com/groups/mindBE


Session Title:  Reframing

Buy the Preschool Mindfulness Curriculum Here

Helen is the Director of MindBE Education and the creator of the MindBE Curriculum and the Thriving Kids Program, She is the host of the 2018 and 2019 Preschool Mindfulness Summits, Mindfulness in Education Summit and co host of the Mindful Kids Peace Summit. She is Co-Author of Developing Children´s Emotional Intelligence and Sammy´s Next Move.

Books: Developing Children’s Emotional Intelligence (Bloomsbury Education)

Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the snail is a travelling snail who lives in different countries

Nimrod Sheinman https://mindbody.co.il/


Session Title:  Mindfulness in Education and Teens Self-Regulation and Resilience.

Book Chapter

Presentation: Mindfulness in Education, 2019,Bangkok Conference on Holistic Education

Nimrod Sheinman B.Sc., N.D. is one of Israel's leading mind-body experts, and an international spokesperson advocating mindfulness-based initiatives for children and youth. He is the founder and director of Israel's Centre for Mindfulness in Education (2013), co-founder of Israel's Centre for Mind-Body Medicine (1998), and leads the International Soul of Education Initiative, now gaining momentum around the globe.

Adam Avin • http://www.wufshanti.com/


Session Title: Adam TEDx and MKPS Closing Remarks

Free Learning Resources:

Join the Kids Association for Mindfulness Education

Meditation for teen

Yoga for teen

Fifteen year old Adam Avin, created the Wuf Shanti Children’s Wellness Foundation, to teach mindfulness, so children can live in health and wellness, peace and positivity. Through videos, books, mobile app, music, fun, and games, children learn yoga, meditation, communication, inclusion, social emotional learning, and positive thinking to help them stay physically fit, mentally less stressed, able to cope with emotions, and interact with kindness. Wuf Shanti has been honored to receive many awards, and Adam is honored to have been published in many national publications, interviewed many pioneers for his “Partners of Peace” series, founded the Kids’ Association for Mindfulness in Education, and to be co-founder and hosting the Mindful Kids Peace Summit. Adam is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for teens, Kidding Around Yoga, and the Emotion Code.

Check out Adam’s TEDX talk at https://youtu.be/2r6TWTqr8FM about getting mindful SEL programs into all schools K-12, why mental health education is so important to stopping violence, and using our voice to make a positive difference in the world.

Buy Wuf Shanti books, shirts, stuffed animals for younger kids

See Wuf Shanti videos for younger kids

Visit me at www.wufshanti.com or like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wufshanti



Helen Maffini •www.mindbe-education.com


Session Title:  Closing

Helen is the Director of MindBE Education and the creator of the MindBE Curriculum and the Thriving Kids Program, She is the host of the 2018 and 2019 Preschool Mindfulness Summit and Co-Author of Developing Children´s Emotional Intelligence and Sammy´s Next Move.

Buy the Preschool Mindfulness Curriculum Here

Books: Developing Children’s Emotional Intelligence (Bloomsbury Education)

Sammy’s Next Move: Sammy the snail is a travelling snail who lives in different countries

Affiliate partners

MINDFUL SCHOOLS •  www.mindfulschools.org/

Mindful Schools is one of the key players in the movement to integrate mindfulness into the everyday learning environment of K-12 classrooms. The organization has trained over 25,000 educators, parents, and mental health professionals who work with youth. These graduates, spanning 100+ countries, have reached over 2 million children worldwide.

CHILD MIND •  www.childmind.org

Free Resource

The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most.


Coalition of Schools Educating Mindfully is an educator-led nonprofit that supports school communities by connecting them with mentors, trainings, curriculums and other resources for mindfulness-based social, emotional, and academic learning. Our goal is to empower every educator to explore, personally practice, and then embed mindfulness in their classrooms. By joining forces and assisting each other as we implement holistic approaches to education, we equip the world’s youth with skills to thrive.

CENTERLINK •  www.lgbtcenters.org

CenterLink was founded in 1994 as a member-based coalition to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers. The organization plays an important role in supporting the growth of LGBT centers and addressing the challenges they face, by helping them to improve their organizational and service delivery capacity and increase access to public resources. CenterLink works with other national organizations to advance the rights of LGBT individuals and to provide LGBT community centers with information and analysis of key issues. Serving over 200 LGBT community centers across the country in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, as well as centers in Canada, China, and Australia, CenterLink assists newly forming community centers and helps strengthen existing LGBT centers, through networking opportunities for center leaders, peer-based technical assistance and training, and a variety of capacity building services.

CASEL •  www.casel.org/about-2

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students.


The Holistic Life Foundation is a Baltimore-based 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities. Through a comprehensive approach which helps children develop their inner lives through yoga, mindfulness, and self-care HLF demonstrates deep commitment to learning, community, and stewardship of the environment. HLF is also committed to developing high-quality evidence based programs and curriculum to improve community well-being.

HEAL THE PLANET •  www.healtheplanet.com

We create innovative education, partnerships, and community programming aimed at inspiring a generation of leaders empowered to Heal the Planet. We teach about nutrition, the environment, sustainability, and the power of choice.

INNER EXPLORER •  www.innerexplorer.org

Inner ExplorerTM is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide mindfulness in schools for PreK-12 classrooms, helping children develop self-awareness, self-control, resilience and compassion. Each series contains 90 audio-guided practices that can be used every day by simply logging in and pressing play. Students and their teachers participate together in the brief (5-10 minute) daily practices. No prep, planning or curriculum changes required.

DAVID LYNCH FOUNDATION •  www.davidlynchfoundation.org

The David Lynch Foundation helps to prevent and eradicate the all-pervasive epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among at-risk populations through promoting widespread implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) program in order to improve their health, cognitive capabilities and performance in life.

INTERNATIONAL TWEENS •  www.tweens.media

International Tweens is a publication designed to connect tweens (ages 9-13ish) and bridge cultural gaps through personal real-life stories and shared experiences. And it covers topics that are not often talked about in schools or at homes. More than a magazine, it gives a voice to tweens around the world, makes them feel not alone, and inspires them to find true passions. We want to encourage every tween to stay positive and rise above!

LOVE BUTTON •  www.lovebutton.org/love-button-movement

Founded by two doctors, Dr. Habib Sadeghi and Dr. Sherry Sami, the Love Button Global Movement fosters loving acts of kindness, collaborating with organizations and individuals who transform and uplift the lives of our human family. The funds we raise are used to support initiatives ranging from intimate local efforts to global programs that promote physical and mental health, nurture education and cultivate loving action through our “Love Is” Dandelion Initiative.


IPG is the original independent book sales and distribution company in the United States. Our comprehensive sales and marketing approach, extensive account reach, and innovative digital services ensure access into every imaginable channel, including gift, specialty, wholesale, and digital accounts worldwide.

MINDBE EDUCATION •  www.mindbe-education.com

MindBE is an educational company providing curriculum, training and consulting to schools globally. We also are the hosts of the Preschool Mindfulness Summit, Mindfulness in Education Summit and cohost on the Mindful Kids Peace Summit. MindBE offers online courses such as the Thriving Kids course and Preschool Mindfulness Curriculum Training.


Created by a kid for other kids, Wuf Shanti provides mindfulness education and social emotional learning programs to K-12. The younger curriculum is centered around a dog mascot character, fun, games, music, books, videos, and a mobile app. The mascot travels to schools and hospitals to visit the kids. Wuf Shanti can be seen on the Children’s TV Network in hospitals all around the world, BatteryPop, KidoodleTV, local PBS Stations, Adventure to Learning, and made Common Sense Media’s “Best Health App for Kids” and “Best Meditation App for Kids” lists.

The older curriculum is minus the dog character, and for teens, such as the Kids Association of Mindfulness in Education, where kids come together to get these programs into schools and make a positive difference in the world, and the Mindful Kids Peace Summit, a 5 day online international program for tweens and teens, shown in middle schools and high schools, across the globe. Topics include diversity, inclusion, communication, kindness, antibullying, mindfulness techniques, social emotional learning (self-awareness, self-regulation, self-compassion, resilience), compassion, empathy, interacting with others, collaboration, positive psychology, and more.

Check out Adam’s TEDX talk at https://youtu.be/2r6TWTqr8FM about getting mindful SEL programs into all schools K-12, why mental health education is so important to stopping violence, and using our voice to make a positive difference in the world.

THE PEACE ALLIANCE •  https://peacealliance.org

We are an alliance of organizers and advocates taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the center of national discourse and policy priorities.We champion a comprehensive, collaborative approach to peace and peacebuilding.

UMass Med • https://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/


Our mission is to advance the health and well-being of the people of the commonwealth and the world through pioneering education, research and health care delivery with clinical partner UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central Massachusetts.

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