Meena Srinivasan, M.A., National Board Certified Teacher, RYT

Meena Srinivasan is an Indian-American educator in her fifth year of working in partnership with the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to implement Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) system-wide in the Oakland Unified School District. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential with the State of California. Meena brings more than 15 years of experience teaching and leading with an equity focus in the fields of Mindful Awareness Practices (MAP) and SEL and has taught and worked in a variety of school settings–urban, independent, progressive and international.

Meena was a reviewer of an important white paper on Embedding SEL in High School Classrooms and was selected by the Irvine Foundation to serve as an SEL Field Expert to support their Leadership Award grants.

Outside of the world of education 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 is 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 books Planting 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. 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. Meena spent five years living in India studying contemplative practices and she’s also a recipient of the 2014 Hemera Foundation Contemplative Education Fellowship. Meena lives in Richmond, California with her husband, Eurasian-American, Emmy nominated filmmaker, Chihiro Wimbush. Bringing together their passion for education, media, mindfulness and social justice, in 2013 Meena and Chihiro started A Lens Inside, Inc. a 501(c)(3) dedicated to developing mindful media and films that promote social emotional learning through the exploration of social issues. Meena speaks and consults internationally. You can learn more about her services here.
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