BIO OF LINDA LANTIERI
Linda Lantieri, MA is a Fulbright Scholar, keynote speaker, and internationally known expert in social and emotional learning and contemplative teaching and learning. For the past 15 years she has served as the Founding Director of The Inner Resilience Program (IRP) whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. Several schools in NYC, Mamaroneck, Scarsdale and Williamsville NY, Youngstown & Warren, Ohio, South Burlington, Vermont and Madrid, Spain are implementing The Inner Resilience Program since it began in 2002.
More recently, Linda is one of the co-founders and presently the Senior Program Advisor for Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL). TEL serves leaders in Pre-K- 12 grade education and beyond to cultivate their inner lives in service of their outer lives being ones that nurture compassionate, caring and equitable educational environments where all students and adults thrive. She is also involved in designing and teaching the K-12 Spirituality in Education Strand of the Mind-Body-Spirit Masters Program in Psychology & Education at Columbia University, Teachers College. She was appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Summer of 2014 when this program first began. Linda is also one of the co-founders of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and is presently a Senior District Consultant for CASEL. CASEL’s mission is to establish social and emotional learning as an essential part of education from pre-school through high school worldwide.
Linda has 50 years of experience in education as a former teacher, assistant principal, director of an alternative middle school in East Harlem, and full time faculty member of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Hunter College in New York City. She has served as a consultant to various institutions in the area of death education, including the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the New York City Public Schools where she trained the first Crisis Response Teams. She is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress from the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
Linda 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), chapter contributor to Forever After: New York City Teachers on 9/11 (Teacher College Press, 2006), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008, 2014). She has authored and/or co-authored over 25 articles and book chapters. Linda has received numerous awards including the Educational Innovator by the National Education Association; the Richard R. Green Distinguished Educator Award; the Spirit of Crazy Horse Award for “creating courage in discouraged youth”; and the International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) 2001 Making a Difference Award.
Linda was a Senior Scholar at the Fetzer Institute, a nonprofit organization that supports research and education in the relationship between body, mind, and spirit, from 1998-2001 and is currently a Fellow of the George Lucas Educational Foundation and the Mind & Life Institute. More recently, Linda was appointed to the Council of Distinguished Educators of the National Commission on Social, Emotional & Academic Development and is currently the Senior Curriculum Advisor for the Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning Program at the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University which seeks to develop a guiding curriculum framework based on Compassion to be integrated into Kindergarten-Higher Education worldwide.