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From Stressed Out to Stress Wise: How You and Your Students Can Navigate Challenges and Nurture Vitality


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Tight deadlines, high expectations, friction with peers, family drama: With all these stressors on middle and high school students and few healthy outlets for releasing them, it's no wonder they have trouble concentrating on schoolwork. But what if you could teach students long-standing, field-proven ways to successfully navigate stress?

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Chapter 2. Know: Exploring Stress and Vitality in the Classroom Through the Scope of Awareness

Chapter 3. Differentiate: The Science of Stress

About the authors

Abby Wills has dedicated over 20 years to integrating healing-centered contemplative practices and courses into public, charter, and private schools in Los Angeles and internationally. Her work spans from early childhood education to university teacher education departments, with a focus on high schools serving targeted youth. She holds a master's degree in human development with a specialization in social change from Pacific Oaks College.

As co-founder of Shanti Generation and Peace Lab projects, Abby develops curricula focused on mindful life skills for adolescents. As a movement, mindfulness, and social-emotional development specialist, Abby facilitates professional development and training for K–12 educators and higher education faculty as well as support for parents and caregivers.

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