SEL Awardee

Cathy Ostar

Newtown High School
Newtown Public Schools
Newtown, CT
“Our project is to teach mindfulness to the students and teachers in our alternative high school program, TAP. Through mindfulness, we will help TAP students develop self-awareness and self-management skills so they can recognize emotions and understand how emotions influence thoughts, decisions and behaviors. As they learn to regulate their emotions, students will develop the focus, self-confidence and resilience to rise above challenges in school, at home and after graduation. During the project, TAP educators will also learn how to teach mindfully. The shared experience of learning and practicing mindfulness together will strengthen the family-feel of the TAP program.”
Tags: High School, Mindfulness, Suburban, Teacher, Traditional Public School