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Patricia Jennings

Patricia Jennings

Dr. Patricia (Tish) Jennings is an Associate Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and a mindfulness practitioner for more than 40 years. She has spent most of her life exploring how mindfulness can enhance teaching and learning. She is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education, with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student well-being and learning. Her scholarship bridges the distance between cognitive and emotional concerns in the classroom, allowing for a more effective focus on the whole child..

Dr. Jennings  lead the team that developed CARE for Teachers, a mindfulness-based professional development program designed to reduce stress and promote improvements in classroom climate and student academic and behavioral outcomes. In addition, Dr. Jennings is leading the development of the Compassionate Schools Project integrated health curriculum, which is being piloted and evaluated in Louisville, Kentucky. Her scholarship builds on a foundation of over 22 years as a classroom teacher. Her first book, Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, is part of the Norton Series on the Social Neuroscience of Education.