Linda Lantieri, MA
Linda Lantieri, MA has always considered it a great blessing that her occupation and her vocation have coincided – her professional life has also been her inner calling. She has been in the field of education for over 45 years in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. She is a Fulbright Scholar and internationally known speaker in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness in Education.
Linda is one of the co-founders and presently a Senior Program Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Teachers College teaching in a special Master’s Degree Program through the Spirituality Mind Body Institute. For the past 15 years she served as the Founding Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. Linda is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Practices to Cultivate Inner Resilience in Children (Sounds True, 2008, 2014).
Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT
Daniel Rechtshaffen, MA, LMFT, is the author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute. Daniel offers keynote speeches and mindfulness trainings at conferences, schools, communities, and businesses, such as University of Wisconsin Madison, Google, Esalen Institute, and schools around the globe. Daniel teaches mindfulness through music, sports, storytelling, games and other creative and engaging ways. He is inspired to utilize mindfulness to help us become more conscious, compassionate, and committed to taking care of this miraculous world we live in. He is also the director of the Mindful Education Online Training, a mindfulness and social emotional learning platform for educators.
Meen Srinivasan, MA, NBCT
Meena Srinivasan, MA, NBCT, is an Indian-American educator, writer, and innovator who’s been teaching and leading with an equity focus in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) for over 15 years and has taught and worked in a variety of school settings—public, private, urban, and international. Her inspiring book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom (Parallax Press, 2014) was featured on Edutopia and received numerous endorsements including ones from Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Congressman Tim Ryan. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential with the State of California, and is in her fifth year of working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement SEL system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District.