Our Mission: Advancing Social-Emotional Learning through Teacher Well-Being
"Teachers are the engine that drives SEL programs and practices in schools, and their own social-emotional competence and well-being strongly influences their students."
- Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, University of British Columbia
Mindful Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is one of the biggest movements in education today with 90% of U.S. teachers believing in its value for their students. Yet only 17% of teachers receive sufficient SEL training, and even fewer are dedicated to supporting teacher well-being by addressing their feelings of stress and burnout. Most SEL resources to date have focused primarily on district policies, research and white papers, and student curriculum, ignoring the critical importance of developing whole teachers and helping them build their own social and emotional competencies so that they can bring them into the classroom.
Building A Community for Well-Being in Education: Millennium Forum
Millennium.org was created to address what remains a largely missing piece in the implementation of social-emotional learning: building the capacity of teachers to address and embody their own well-being and social-emotional capacities. We believe that by developing and supporting the whole teacher, we best facilitate the development of the whole child.
Millennium’s Forum is a social learning platform for teacher well-being & SEL development which translates research in developmental science into practical tools and content that teachers integrate amongst themselves and in their classrooms. Forum leverages peer-to-peer circles with a goal to strengthen teachers’ social and emotional learning (SEL) capacities and cultivate greater well-being in three ways:
Self-Care, and Commitment to a Personal Mindful Development Practice
Peer-to-Peer Connection, Intimacy, Trust, Coaching and Mentorship
Professional Development on Mindful Social-Emotional Learning and the Science of Human Development
Millennium Forum Team
Margaret Golden, Ed.D., Forum Director
Margaret coordinates the design, implementation and distribution partners for the Forum Program. As a facilitator prepared by the Center for Courage and Renewal, she has worked closely with Parker J. Palmer in support of creating Circles of Trust® for educators (Courage to Teach® and Courage to Lead®). Margaret is also Professor Emerita of Education at Dominican University of California, where she directed the elementary and secondary credential programs and pursued her passion for educational equity and the study of social-emotional development and spirituality in children and adults. Margaret received both a Masters in Educational Administration, and a EdD in Educational Psychology from UC Berkeley.
Gabrielle is an Education Support Strategist and Coach. Her work focuses on educator well-being, social emotional growth and development, and Restorative Justice. With over 20 years experience as a teacher and site administrator, Gabrielle has trained more than 700 educators. More recently, she became a certified yoga instructor. Outside of work, Gabrielle enjoys traveling, walking 5K and 10K races, and taking her dog to the beach.
Wendy Baron MA.
Wendy is a teacher, coach, author, researcher, and leader in the field of social, emotional, and academic development (SEAD). Wendy co-founded New Teacher Center in 1998, and the Santa Cruz/Silicon Valley New Teacher Project in 1988 after supervising student teachers at UCSC, and teaching K-6 for 13 years. Wendy served as Chief Academic Officer and Chief Social and Emotional Learning Officer at New Teacher Center, overseeing professional development for coaches, teachers, and school leaders as well as conducting grant-funded R&D projects to learn more about social-emotional-academic integrated instruction. Wendy is passionate about creating cultures and climates where students and educators thrive and currently coaches teachers and school leaders to implement district-selected SEL programs as well as integrated SEAD. Certified in yoga and meditation, Wendy launched the Chopra Center’s online learning program and also teaches mindfulness and conscious communication at 1440 Multiversity.
Jeff Snipes, Founder and Chairman of Millennium.org
Jeff has more than 20 years of experience facilitating Forum for business leaders and educators. He has led several education-related organizations and facilitated scores of conscious leadership circles and retreats. Jeff currently serves on the boards of Mindful Schools and Education Superhighway, and advises select San Francisco Public Schools on the implementation of Mindful SEL programs for faculty and students. He is also the Chairman and Co-Founder of Millennium School, where he leads the mindfulness, Forum, and "Life, Learning & Leadership" programs. Previously, Jeff served on the board of Stanford's Challenge Success and Marin Montessori School, where he helped launch a model whole-student progressive middle school. Jeff’s deep knowledge of developmental psychology grows out of his personal journey into contemplative practices and tenure as CEO of one of the largest U.S. blended leadership development companies.
Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT, Director of Mindful Education
Daniel is one of the premier leaders in the field of mindful education in the U.S. He is the author of “The Way of Mindful Education” and “The Mindful Education Workbook”. He is the founding director of Mindful Education, which hosts online courses, consulting, and an annual conference on mindfulness for educators at the Omega Institute. He is a co-founder of the year-long Transformative Educational Leadership program with Linda Lantieri and Meena Srinivasan. Daniel is an active partner with Millennium, advising on curriculum design, moderating Forums, training other moderators, and coordinating partners.
Meena is the Executive Director of Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL). Prior to this role, she spent five and a half years working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement SEL in the Oakland Unified School District. She is the author of Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom and SEL Every Day: Integrating Social and Emotional Learning with Instruction for Secondary Classrooms.
Todd has consulted with leadership teams at some of the world's leading companies such as IBM, Brand Jordan, and Starbucks, developed leading-edge curriculum in schools on the fore-front of pursuing purpose, potential and well-being, like Avenues the World School, and led organizations focused wholly on this mission, like The Future Project, where he pioneered new thinking, tools, and experiences in regard to purpose development, intentional self-regulation, belief systems, relational networks, and self-directed learning. He holds a Masters in Education from Bankstreet in New York, a J.D. from Santa Clara School of Law, and an undergraduate degree in the sciences of engineering and systems thinking.
Jessicah provides administrative support and program coordination. With a BA in Business Management, Jessicah has over sixteen years of experience in various administrative and managerial roles, most recently serving as administrative assistant for the Department of Education at Dominican University of California.