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CMC & MindUP Teacher Education Conference

Colorado Mountain College is pleased to partner with MindUP, the signature program of The Goldie Hawn Foundation, to bring evidence based and rigorously researched social-emotional learning tools to our mountain communities and pre-k through 8th grade schools.

The conference is full. Additional spots may be available due to cancellation. To be added to the list, please contact:

Director of Teacher Education

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Rooted firmly in neuroscience, MindUP gives children, and their teachers, the knowledge and skills they need to manage stress, regulate emotions and face the challenges of the 21st century with optimism, resilience and compassion.

The conference meets for two days, September 20-21, at the CMC Morgridge Commons in downtown Glenwood Springs. The conference tuition will be provided at no cost to CMC student teachers, local educators and college personnel interested in strategies for improving the mental well-being and learning of students in their classrooms. Light breakfast and lunch will be served.

Priority will be given to teachers within the Colorado Mountain College service area. If space is available, cost for additional conference attendees will be $220 per person.

Workshop Overview

The two day workshop will provide comprehensive training in the MindUP curriculum beginning with an overview of the four pillars that support each lesson. The in-depth breakout sessions will provide experiential practices that will take a deeper dive into:

  • Neuroplasticity – the brain’s ability to rewire itself.
  • How regularly practicing the MindUP Brainbreak impacts the brain.
  • Mindfulness as a practice.
  • Infusing optimism into the classroom.
  • How to systematically integrate MindUP school-wide – a case study review.
  • Gratitude in our classrooms, in our schools, and in our lives!

Participants will gain insight on exploring how MindUP lessons can support improved teacher self-care. They will receive practical knowledge on how to implement the lessons in their classrooms and how to integrate the lessons into the way they teach, transforming education.

Conference Dates and Times
Friday, September 20, 9:00 am – 4:00pm
Saturday, September 21, 9:00 am – 4:00pm

Morgridge Commons
815 Cooper Ave, 2nd floor
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

COOPER AND 9TH AVENUE PARKING GARAGE: We recommend parking in the free two-story city lot on the corner of Cooper Avenue and 9th Street.

COOPER AVENUE PARKING LOT: There is also free public parking directly across from the Glenwood Library on Cooper between the Methodist Church and the Glenwood Springs Fire Station.

STREET PARKING DOWNTOWN GLENWOOD: Street parking in the downtown core is two-hour parking, while parking just one block farther away offers 24 hour parking on residential side streets.

COLORADO MOUNTAIN COLLEGE PARKING GARAGE: Parking is available on Monday-Friday evenings (after 5pm) and weekends in the Colorado Mountain College parking garage below Morgridge Commons at 8th Street and Cooper Avenue. Please enter the garage from 8th Street.

Food & Beveridge
Breakfast starting at 8:30 am both days
Lunch and snacks provided both days
Snacks provided both days

MindUP Overview

MindUP l The Goldie Hawn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization created by Goldie Hawn in response to the escalating epidemic of childhood aggression, anxiety, depression and suicide.

Since its founding in 2003, MindUP has been helping children develop the mental fitness necessary to thrive in school and throughout their lives. The organization’s CASEL-SELect social- emotional learning program, MindUPTM, is a 15-lesson series based firmly in neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindful awareness.

The aim of the program is to provide students with tools to focus their attention, improve self-regulation skills, build resilience to stress, and develop a positive mindset.

The MindUP program is one of the most widely used mindfulness school-based programs for children. With branches in the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK) and Canada, MindUP has impacted the lives of over 6 million children and over 150,000 teachers in 13 countries and counting.

To date, MindUP has formally trained and supported over 350 schools and 8 districts as they implement the MindUP program.

This event is made possible through a grant awarded by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and by the sponsorship of True Nature Healing Arts and Amoré Realty, both of Carbondale, Colorado.

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