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Alison Cohen

Mindfulness Educator, Trainer, and Speaker

Brooklyn NY USA

Home Phone: (202) 306-0531 Website: www.mindfulchangefromtheinsideout.com

About My Work

Profession/Role

  • Other

Ages

  • 6th-8th
  • 9th-12th
  • Higher Ed
  • Other

Environments

  • After School
  • Agency / Mental Health
  • Education / Classroom Program
  • Families & One-on-One
  • Foster Care / Probation
  • Other

Specialties

Alison specializes in teaching mindfulness to young adults (middle school, high school, and college students) and the adults who work with them: administrators, educators, mental health professionals, and others.

Biography

As a white child growing up in Washington, DC, Alison attended public middle and high schools that were predominantly African-American. She found herself asking endless questions about race, class, education, and the effects of well-intentioned adults’ unexamined biases on students’ school experiences and life trajectories. These would act as guiding questions as she moved into the world of teaching. After graduating from Harvard College and living and working in Ghana, West Africa, Alison moved to Brooklyn to begin her teaching career. During her early years as a public high school teacher, teacher advice columnist, and teacher trainer in the Brooklyn public schools, Alison began practicing mindfulness; she found it transformed her teaching, allowing her to become compassionately present with her students, colleagues and herself in ways she had not previously realized possible, and to productively question and confront her own biases, especially those about race and class, so that she could best meet her students’ needs.

Alison quickly became passionate about the role high-quality mindfulness instruction can play in closing not only the achievement gap, but also the gap in access to safe spaces that offer people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to learn how to skillfully navigate their inner world, biases, relationships, and environment. She cherishes having the opportunity to teach all members of school communities – students, school staff,and parents – how to integrate mindfulness into their lives inside and outside of the classroom, in order to lead lives of courage, honesty, personal growth, meaningful connection, and joy. In addition, Alison also facilitates mindfulness trainings for community organizations and nonprofits.

All of Alison’s workshops integrate training in growth mindset, restorative practices, mindful communication, and bias awareness, with a specific emphasis on unconscious (also known as implicit or unexamined) bias.