Mindfulness During Distance Learning: Featuring Nathan Maynard
With so much uncertainty, fear, and trauma occurring in our students' lives, how can educators improve the social emotional health and regulation skills of each child? This week’s guest, Nathan Maynard, explains how, even through distance learning, all educators can use trauma-informed behavioral practices, mindfulness and circles to improve our student’s emotional wellbeing.
Nathan is a youth advocate, educational leader, and change maker. He is the co-author of Washington Post bestselling and award-winning Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice. Nathan also is the co-founder of BehaviorFlip, the first restorative behavior management software. Nathan studied Behavioral Neuroscience at Purdue University and has been facilitating restorative practices since 2008 in juvenile justice and educational settings. He was awarded “Youth Worker of the Year” through dedicating his time with youth involved with the juvenile justice system in Indiana. He was instrumental in the design and opening of Purdue University's first high school in 2017, Purdue Polytechnic High School, serving underserved and underprivileged youth in inner city Indianapolis, Indiana. Prior to his years as a school administrator, he was a youth worker and program coordinator in a youth residential treatment care center.
He is passionate about addressing the school-to-prison pipeline crisis and closing the achievement gap through implementing trauma-informed behavioral practices and work around equity. Nathan has expertise in Dialectical Behavioral Coaching, Motivational Interviewing, Positive Youth Development, Restorative Justice, and Trauma-Informed building practices to assist with creating positive school climates.
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