Teaching Innovation Conference: Contemplative Practice in Higher Education

Friday, January 22, 2021 - 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location

Remote

Cost / Admission
Free - Register at the link below
Contact

Office of Academic Innovation

Join us at the winter 2021 Teaching Innovation Conference as we explore ways to build focused, inclusive, and supportive remote learning for ourselves and our students through the lens of contemplative practice. As psychologist and author Tobin Hart states, “Inviting the contemplative simply includes the natural human capacity for knowing through silence, looking inward, pondering deeply, beholding, witnessing the contents of our consciousness…. These approaches cultivate an inner technology of knowing….”  When we incorporate contemplative practices into our teaching we can encourage deep learning and focused attention within our students.

This winter’s virtual teaching innovation conference will offer participants time to engage in contemplative practice together, in small groups, and with various contemplative practitioners. Attendees will leave with practical ideas they can implement with their own students remotely. This conference is sponsored by the Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching, and is geared towards graduate students, adjuncts, and early career faculty at Portland State University.

Our events seek to be inclusive, and all are welcome. If you have accessibility requests, please reach out to oai@pdx.edu prior to the event and we will do our best to accommodate them.

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Introduction to Contemplative Practice - 1PM -2PM
Co-facilitated by Neera Malhotra and Jaime Wood
Dr. Malhotra is a Senior Instructor within the University Studies program. Her current scholarship includes implications of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma-Sensitive Teaching, and Contemplative practices in higher education. Outside PSU she teaches meditation and works with an inclusive youth group on co-creating compassionate social justice practices. 

Workshops - 2PM-3:30PM

Polyvagal Theory & Student Learning Workshop
Amy Ruff, LCSW, Mental Health Promotion Specialist
Participants will gain an understanding of the polyvagal theory and its implications on student learning. Participants will also learn about contemplative practices that apply the polyvagal theory in the classroom in order to maximize student engagement and success.

Benefits of Breath Workshop
Corina McEntire, Director of Implementation, Mindful Pre-K
Learn how taking a focusing breath can improve classroom focus and calm. This tool is helpful for both students and teachers alike and can be used for online and in-person teaching.

 

CONFERENCE FACILITATORS

Neera Malhotra, Senior Instructor, University Studies, Portland State University
Dr. Malhotra is a Senior Instructor within the University Studies program. Her current scholarship includes implications of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma-Sensitive Teaching, and Contemplative practices in higher education. Outside PSU she teaches meditation and works with an inclusive youth group on co-creating compassionate social justice practices. 

Amy Ruff, LCSW, Mental Health Promotion Specialist
Amy Ruff is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing trauma-informed social work in community-based settings for the past 9 years. She believes that contemplative practices in the classroom have a direct impact on the mental health and well-being of students.
 

Corina McEntire, Director of Implementation, Mindful Pre-K
Corina currently serves as the Director of Implementation for the Mindful-PreK study in the Psychology Department. This study is looking at mindfulness practices in preschool classrooms serving both teachers and students.


 

poster of the CICT event