Many students today are struggling in school and feeling lost, detached, and uncertain about their future. But educators can help students reconnect to themselves, their school community, and to their learning by focusing on the Science of Meaning, whose pillars include purpose, feelings of belonging, self-stories (identity, beliefs, and self-awareness), transcendence, and exploration. Psychological sciences research has found that changing our self-stories; creating meaning and purpose; promoting a sense of belonging; and cultivating curiosity and exploration can increase student motivation, confidence, self-efficacy, wellbeing, resilience, buffer against anxiety and socioeconomic environments, and help overcome challenges in school and in life. Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman proposes that Psychologist Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Needs" is more like a ship than a pyramid where the sail that propel self-transcendence and success in navigating life's challenges are purpose, love and belonging, and a sense of exploration and curiosity.
This virtual conference will explore the Science of Meaning and their connection to student success and wellbeing. Discover how teaching meaningful learning and a sense of purpose, promoting belonging, changing self-stories, and cultivating curiosity and exploration can improve achievement and better prepare students to navigate the shoals of school and life's uncertainty and challenges.
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Cognitive Psychologist; Adjunct Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University; Columnist, “Beautiful Minds,” Scientific American; Author, Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization (Forthcoming, 2020), “Self-Actualized People in the 21st Century: Integration with Contemporary Theory and Research on Personality and Wellbeing” (2018, Journal of Humanistic Psychology) and Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined (2015); Co-Author, Wired to Create (2016), “The Development of the Awe Experience Scale” (2018, The Journal of Positive Psychology), and “Imagination is the Seed of Creativity” (2018, The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity)
Kenan Distinguished Professor; Director, Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory (PEP Lab), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Author, Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become (2013) and Positivity (2009); Co-Author, “Do Contemplative Moments Matter? Effects of Informal Meditation on Emotions and Perceived Social Integration” (2019, Mindfulness), and “Mindfulness Broadens Awareness and Builds Eudaimonic Meaning: A Process Model of Mindful Positive Emotion Regulation” (2015, Psychological Inquiry)
Director, Emotional Brain Institute ; Principal Investigator, Center for Neural Science, New York University; Researcher, Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research; Author, The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains (2019), Anxious: Using the Brain to Understand and Treat Fear and Anxiety (2016), Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are (2003), and The Emotional Brain (1996)
CEO, Mindsteps Inc.; Middle School Administrator; Former Teacher and Instructional Coach; Author, Stop Leading, Start Building!: Turn Your School into a Success Story with the People and Resources You Already Have (Forthcoming, 2021), "Making Every Teacher a Master Teacher" (2019, Educational Leadership), Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching (1018, 2nd Edition), Never Underestimate Your Teachers: Instructional Leadership for Excellence in Every Classroom (2013)
Senior Scientist, Center for the Advancement of Well-Being; Professor, Department of Psychology, George Mason University; Winner of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology; Co-Author, The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self – Not Just Your “Good Self” – Drives Success and Fulfillment (2014), Mindfulness, Acceptance, and Positive Psychology: The Seven Foundations of Well-Being (2013), and Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life (2009)