Educator and mindfulness expert
Tish Jennings, an associate professor of elementary education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, is an expert in mindfulness and teaching and an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning.
Her specific emphasis is on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student learning.
As senior director of the Initiative on Contemplative Teaching and Learning at the Garrison Institute, Tish led the team that developed the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE for Teachers) curriculum, a mindfulness-based program for teachers designed to reduce stress and promote improvements in classroom climate and student academic and behavioral outcomes.
As research assistant professor at the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University, she conducted a federally funded study demonstrating that CARE improves teachers general well-being, health, emotion regulation, efficacy, and mindfulness. A study currently underway is examining CARE’s effects on classroom climate and student academics and behavior.
In addition to research, Tish has more than 22 years of classroom teaching experience.