Colorado Mountain College (CMC) will be partnering with MindUP, a program of the Goldie Hawn Foundation, to hold a teacher education conference in Glenwood Springs on Sept. 20-21. The two-day conference will meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days at Morgridge Commons, 815 Cooper Ave., 2nd floor, in downtown Glenwood Springs.

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A recent press release from CMC’s Information Officer Debbie Crawford stated, “Facilitators will bring evidence-based and rigorously researched social-emotional learning tools for teachers to use in our mountain communities’ preschool through eighth-grade schools.

“Rooted firmly in neuroscience, added crawford, “MindUP gives children and their teachers the knowledge and skills they need to manage stress, regulate emotions and face the challenges of the 21st century with optimism, resilience and compassion. MindUP’s focus on mindfulness has already been incorporated into the teacher education program at Colorado Mountain College.”

Priority will be given to teachers within the Colorado Mountain College service service area. If space is available, cost for additional conference attendees will be $220 per person. Light breakfasts and lunches are included. The tuition for the conference will be waived for CMC student teachers, local educators and other CMC personnel that are interested in improving the mental well-being and learning of students in their own classrooms.

“We are so grateful to have had such a positive response from our partnering school districts,” said Elizabeth Qualman, CMC director of teacher education. The conference is nearing capacity.

A grant awarded by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and sponsorships by True Nature Healing Arts and Amoré Realty, both of Carbondale have made the conference possible.

Those looking for more information about the event are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Qualman, CMC director of teacher education, at equalman@coloradomtn.edu or 970-569-2960.

Registration can be accomplished by visiting the CMC website or by visiting MindUP’s webpage.