Dr. Jennings is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the field of social and emotional learning with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student learning. Dr. Jennings received her doctorate in human development from the University of California, Davis. As Senior Director of the Initiative on Contemplative Teaching and Learning at the Garrison Institute, Dr. Jennings lead the faculty team that developed the Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE for Teachers), a mindfulness-based program for teachers designed to reduce stress and promote improvements in classroom climate and student academic and behavioral outcomes.
As Research Assistant Professor at the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University she has conducted a federally funded study demonstrating that the CARE improves teachers’ general well-being, health, emotion regulation, efficacy and mindfulness. A study currently underway is examining CARE’s effects on classroom climate and student academics and behavior. In addition to research, Dr. Jennings has over 22 years of classroom teaching experience.
After receiving a master’s degree in education, she founded and directed an experimental school where she developed and field-tested curriculum for children from infancy through 5th grade, applying a variety of contemplative approaches that come from alternative educational methodologies such as Montessori and Waldorf in her work.
VIDEO: Tish speaking at Garrison Institute, Mindful Awareness and Education in the 21st Century
VIDEO: Tish speaking at Garrison Institute, Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education