At overcrowded and underfunded public schools across the country high suspension rates are exacerbating existing achievement gaps. Often, chaos in the classroom is to blame, keeping students from concentrating on their classes. On this edition of Making Contact, we’ll hear excerpts from Russell Long’s film Room to Breathe, which takes us to a middle school in San Francisco, California, that began teaching mindfulness in the hopes of giving students the skills they need to focus on learning.
Ling Busch, guidance counselor at Marina Middle School; Megan Cowan, mindfulness teacher, students and teachers at Marina Middle School in San Francisco.
Producers: Andrew Stelzer, George Lavender, Jen Chien
Host: Jen Chien
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Contributing Producer: Russell Long
Development Manager: Juanita Carroll Young
Production Interns: Lisa Bartfai, Salima Hamirani, Eryn Mathewson
Web Editor: Irene Florez
Organizational Volunteers: Dan Turner, Alton Byrd and Barbara Barnett