Global Awareness


Using Mindfulness Practices for Peace Building in a Global World

Friday, November 10
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: 203 A

Inner peace is not just for monks or yogis; it can be nurtured and developed by using mindfulness practices. Gifted students are concerned about the future and the need for global peace. They are keenly aware of the grief and impoverishment of millions of people and are often overwhelmed with this recognition. Mindfulness practices develop empathy, compassion, and connectedness, and most important, they empower gifted students to become active peace builders. This session demonstrates mindfulness practices: deep breathing, mindful walking, visualization, loving kindness, and meditation. Examples of programs working to empower students to be peace activists are discussed, including Peace boat, Seeds of Peace and the city Montessori School.

Dorothy A. Sisk

Lamar University

Dorothy A. Sisk, Ph.D., holds an endowed chair in Gifted Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is an international consultant focusing on leadership and creativity development. Dr. Sisk was a professor at the University of South Florida, coordinating programs for teachers of the gifted: and former Director of the U.S. Office of Gifted and Talented/. She currently directs the Conn Gifted Child Center at Lamar University, and teaches the endorsement courses in gifted education. She received the Distinguished Leaders Award from the Creative Education Foundation (CEF) in 1989, Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) in 1983 and 1994, the Creative Lifetime Award from CEF in 1994, and selected for the Hall of Fame Award of CEF in 2005. Dr. Sisk was a founder and first president of the American Creativity Association (ACA); president of The Association for Gifted and Talented (TAG), the Florida Association for Gifted(FLAG), and the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children (WCGTC), and executive administrator, and editor of Gifted International (1980-1990). She has conducted training sessions throughout the United States and internationally. Dr. Sisk is author of Creative Teaching of the Gifted, and Making Great Kids Greater; coauthor with Doris Shallcross of Leadership: Making Things Happen, The Growing Person, and Intuition: An Inner Way of Knowing; coauthor with E. Paul Torrance of Gifted Children in the Regular Classroom and Spiritual Intelligence: Developing Higher Level Consciousness; coauthor with Susan Israel and Cathy Block of Collaborative Literacy: Using Gifted Strategies to Enrich Learning, co-author with Hava Vidergor of Enhancing the Gift of Leadership, co-author with Michele Kane on Planting Seeds of Mindfulness, and editor of Accelerating and Extending Literacy for Diverse Students.. In addition, she has contributed numerous articles and chapters in books on gifted education.


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Michele Kane

Northeastern Illinois University

Michele Kane, Ed.D., is a Professor in the department of Special Education and the Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Gifted Education Program at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. Michele is Past-President of the Illinois Association for Gifted Children and the Past Chair of the Global Awareness Network of the National Association for Gifted Children. As a presenter for state, national and international conferences, a major focus of Michele’s work is related to the affective aspects of giftedness including social-emotional, spiritual, and creative dimensions.


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