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Linda Lantieri & Madhavi Nambiar

Linda Lantieri & Madhavi Nambiar

Linda Lantieri, MA - Director
Director, The Inner Resilience Program,
Linda has been in the field in education for 40 years in a variety of
capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle
school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York
City. Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program
whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and
schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative
practice. In 1985, she co-founded the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program
(RCCP), a researched based k-8 social and emotional learning program that
has been implemented in over 400 schools. Linda is also one of the founding
board members of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional
Learning (CASEL). She is the coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon
Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of
Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional
Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children (Sounds
True, 2008).

Madhavi Nambiar, MA
Deputy Director of Programs, The Inner Resilience Program,
Madhavi is one of the cofounders of The Inner Resilience Program and in the
early years has assisted in all aspects of program coordination and
delivery. She has advanced certifications in federal contract and grant
administration and an extensive background in extramural fund management
from UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior where she has
worked for the past six years. Madhavi has received a M.A. en route to a
Ph.D. in Mythological Studies/Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate
Institute. She is in her final year as a Ph.D. candidate and her research
focuses on the contemplative use of mythology in integrating personal
transformation in adults and children. She returns as Deputy Director of
Programs with a renewed commitment to furthering the integration of social
and emotional learning with contemplative practice in the service of
students, teachers and schools.

A Meditation from the Field from Linda Lantieri and Madhavi Nambiar

Mr. Gray, an educator in his second year of teaching in New York City wrote out his resignation letter and left it on his desk. As a final measure, he chose to attend a Renewal and Restoration Retreat for Educators provided by The Inner Resilience Program – a nonprofit organization started right after September 11, 2001 to help teachers in Lower Manhattan begin to heal and recover from the tragic events of that day. He felt he had nothing to lose. “I was so tired of trying to balance the pressures I was feeling, I wanted to quit. After the retreat I went home and ripped up the resignation letter sitting on my desk. I found that place in me that knows why I wanted to be a teacher in the first place.”