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Bronx Academy of Software Engineering (BASE) and Mindfulness into Action

I have taken a position as a lead teacher in BASE.
The teachers and administration are interested in developing a Mindfulness aspect to the culture at BASE

There is a significant daily time frame dedicated to advisory.
There is a huge need for learners and staff to develop tools to pacify, anxieties and to afford the opportunities for concentration and focus.

I will prepare the path with the administration for research and other activities such as site visits by members of MIA.

I am developing a curriculum for advisory which includes as many aspects of Mindfulness as possible.

The research aim would be to develop a research method and document the experiences of the learners and staff and to note any transformations connected to the Mindfulness exercises.
Support will be needed for training, site visitations, methodology development and literacy review.

Preparations are underway to describe to the administration the need for IRB and diagnostic/benchmark testing. Other pre-requesits include clarifying the terms of reference and detailing a common understanding of MIA efforts and needs at BASE.

Founding Principles of Dropout Learning Center

Notes from meeting on January 21st 2014

Present

Roger Dennis
Cristina Cortes
David Weksler
Jon Mannion

Roger stresses the inclusion of the word dropout
In an effort to shame the mainstream

Cristina comments that yoga, dance and mindfulness can be part of the strategy

The Founding principles can be grouped thus

VISION BASED LEARNING
covering passion based learning, no coercion, listening to individual learners interests. Interest based learning
Solution or project based initiatives

TECHNOLOGY
to facilitate remote and blended learning, different resources, collaboration, learner organizations, publicity,

CITY AS A SCHOOL
use the resources of the city such as museums, municipal resources, parks, libraries and anytime anywhere learning (aided with technology)

MINDFULNESS
to develop abilities of concentration and focus, develop interests and priorities for study and action

DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES
following from Manhattan and Brooklyn Free Schools, learners will be responsible to join in the direction of the school, the setting of policy, the judicial process (student court)

EMPHASIS ON THE LOCAL
and the social capital of the mentors and “teaching” staff,