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On behalf of the Stanford School of Education, the Stanford Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Association for Mindfulness in Education, it is my pleasure to invite and encourage you and the teachers, administrators, counselors, coaches, and allied professionals in your community to attend the upcoming conference Mindfulness in Education: A Foundation for Teaching and Learning October 14th-16th, 20111 Performing Arts Center Menlo Atherton High School Menlo Park, CA To learn more about, and register to participate in this inspiring and transformative program, please visit http://www.mindfuleducation.org/conference2011.html In theses times of shrinking budgets, teacher burnout, and deserving students being left behind, or caught up in the epidemics of ADHD, depression, anxiety, cruelty and bullying, mindfulness provides a potent antidote. Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention here and now, with kindness and curiosity and then choosing your behavior. Research shows that mindfulness benefits both students and teachers. Scientific studies show that practicing mindfulness enhances students' concentration, attention, executive function (planning, decision making, impulse control) openness to learning, emotional balance, pro-social behavior, compassionate action and physical and mental well-being. Studies with teachers and other caring professionals show that practicing mindfulness decreases occupational stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue, and increases empathy and effective communication, and enhances the classroom environment and pro-social behavior. Educational institutions including early childhood centers, public and private schools, and universities have embraced mindfulness as a valuable educational practice. Join educational colleagues from across disciplines to explore the role of mindfulness in teaching and learning. To learn more about, and register to participate in this inspiring and transformative program, please visit http://www.mindfuleducation.org/conference2011.html