Meena Srinivasan

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Meena Srinivasan, MA, National Board Certified Teacher, is an educator, writer and innovator who's been teaching and leading with an equity focus in the fields of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) for over 16 years and has taught and worked in a variety of school settings--public, private, and international. She spent five and a half years working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement SEL system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District, is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential in the state of California. Meena is also a student of the late Ramchandra Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh. She was a contributor to Thich Nhat Hanh’s bestselling booksPlanting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children and Happy Teachers Change the World: A Guide for Cultivating Mindfulness in Education. Meena’s first book, Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness in and out of the Classroom (Parallax Press, 2014) was featured on Edutopia and her next book, SEL Every Day: Integrating SEL with Instruction in Secondary Classrooms (Norton, 2019) is part of Norton's SEL Solutions Series edited by Tish Jennings. Meena’s a Registered Yoga Teacher, served on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network, was Core Faculty of the Mindful Education Institute, and served on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s exhibit, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, the first major exhibition to explore yoga. Meena spent five years living in India studying contemplative practices while teaching at the American Embassy School and bringing mindfulness to educators and children across the region through Thich Nhat Hanh's India based non-profit Ahimsa Trust. Meena also trained in teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UMASS Medical School's Stress Reduction Clinic, is a recipient of the Hemera Foundation Contemplative Education Fellowship, was a Mind & Life Summer Research Institute Fellow, and received a bursary to study Sacred Activism at Schumacher College in the United Kingdom. Outside of the education world she has worked in the fields of journalism and public policy and had a variety of professional experiences at organizations including: ABC Network News, Reuters, Bloomberg, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the International Bureau of Education. A contributor to United Nations publications on inclusive education, Meena earned a Masters degree in Education from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Amherst College. Her international outlook was enhanced by spending her junior year studying abroad at the London School of Economics. Meena lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Eurasian-American, Emmy nominated filmmaker, Chihiro Wimbush and her son, Kailash Sora Wimbush.

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