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Mindfulness Leadership Retreat: Self Awareness Training Institute for School Leaders

April 20 - 21, 2018

April 20, 2018 - April 21, 2018

Institute Dates

  • April 20-21, 2018 (New Orleans)
  • July 13-14, 2018 (New Orleans)

Registration Fee: $295 - 1 CEU awarded

Contact Information

Email uelc@tc.columbia.edu or call 212.678.8356

Many school leaders and teachers are facing overwhelming demands, complex relationships, and uncertain work environment. Often running on empty and feeling tired, anxious, overworked and stressed, many school leaders admit to having difficulty getting through the day without feeling distracted and frustrated with their work, even though they are passionate about the mission they serve. They know they can do better but feel unsure of the path forward.

  • Are you a school leader who faces some of the challenges mentioned above?
  • Do you want to learn and re-establish a self-awareness practice that will help you deal stress and anxiety?
  • Do you want to find ways to incorporate mindfulness into your leadership effectiveness?

This day-long retreat and workshop is primarily for alumni of the Summer Principals Academy (SPA) program. The alumni may invite a limited number of colleagues and friends to also attend. This retreat is an opportunity for attendees to reconnect with their passion and purpose for the work they do in schools and with students. Facilitation will include reintroduction of Self Awareness Training (SAT) that the alumni learned during SPA in order to energize and rejuvenate body, mind, and spirit. In addition, this will be a chance for alumni to network with other SPA graduates and learn about each other’s work around transforming schools and communities across the country.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Through this program, participant will:

  • Re-establish in core principles and practices of SAT
  • Learn best practices around leading and facilitating SAT for others
  • Reconnect with friends and colleagues from their cohort and also network with other SPA graduates to explore points of intersection, opportunities for collaboration, or initiate new careers or ventures
  • Establish greater emotional fitness & self regulation
  • Deepen connection with their inner wisdom, intuition, and feelings
  • Enhance personal leadership presence and increase capacity to focus and prioritize

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed specifically for the alumni of the Summer Principals Academy (SPA) and their invited colleagues and friends.

To learn more about the program and to sign up here. We will send more information to you after you have signed up.

Co-Leaders and Facilitators

Dr. Home H.C. Nguyen is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of adult learning and leadership, and an advisor and coach to senior executives, entrepreneurs, and educators. He coaches mid-level and C-suite executives of Fortune 200 companies including Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, and numerous start-ups. He has taught programs on Self Awareness Training, Interpersonal Group Dynamics, and Adult Development at Teachers College, Columbia Business School and Yale School of Management. As a leadership coach, Dr. Nguyen helps his clients get clear on why they do what they do, and to develop mindfulness practice and inner wisdom to exert greater influence. He challenges his clients and students to make difficult but courageous choices by becoming more authentic, confident and compassionate. His teaching and coaching is both inspirational and practical, grounded in mind-body and spirituality practices.

Dr. Nguyen is the founder and CEO of MindKind Institute, a coaching and consulting company that works with leaders who are ready to create powerful and lasting change in their relationships, teams and organizations. Dr. Nguyen holds a doctorate of education in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. His research investigated how leaders of organizations incorporate mindfulness into their lives and leadership. He is certified as an executive coach by The International Coaches Federation (ICF) and he Coaches Training Institute (CTI). Dr. Nguyen has over twenty years of experience with insight meditation practice and depth psychology work.

Dr. Zachary Van Rossum is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University where he teaches courses on leadership, organizational behavior, and adult development. As an educator, consultant, and researcher he supports leaders in cultivating the inner capacities necessary to successfully thrive in a dynamic and ever-changing world. Dr. Van Rossum is expert in the science of human development and has worked with leaders around the world to help improve performance and overcome complex problems. He is also a consultant for Springpoint Partners, LLC. and senior research analyst at Lectica, Inc.

Dr. Van Rossum holds a doctorate of education in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. His dissertation investigated the role of social perspective taking in leadership decision making, describing what this process looks like across three levels of psychological development. He also holds a masters degree in contemplative psychology from Harvard Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California-Santa Cruz. Dr. Van Rossum is certified in Executive Coaching through Columbia University and as a mediator through Harvard Law School, and has specialized training in the Subject-Object Interview assessment and the Immunity to Change process developed by Robert Kegan at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Continuing Education

Participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive 1 CEU.

Please note, we are not able to offer partial CEUs for those who cannot attend the full institute.

Teachers College, Columbia University has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).


Friday (4 - 7 pm)

  • Reception
  • SAT Practice
  • Network with colleagues, friends, and SPA|NOLA students and faculty

Saturday (8 am - 5 pm)

  • Breakfast
  • SAT practice
  • Learn specific SAT practices
  • Lunch
  • Incorporating SAT into school leadership: success stories or challenges
  • Convene in small coaching groups to learn how to facilitate SAT practice for others
  • SAT Practice
  • Closing and certificates

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