Caryn Wells
Oakland University


This conceptual paper presents a synthesis of information about the workload stress of educational administrators. Currently, there are few programs designed to assist educational leaders to deal with stress (Hawk & Martin, 2011). Stress reduction programs may include mindfulness, a widely used practice of meditation. Mindfulness is used in formal medical and health care settings, and is gaining interest across disciplines of law and business (Kabat-Zinn, 2003) and has been proven by numerous scientific studies to promote health and reduce stress (Greeson, 2009). In addition to suggesting that meditation be part of the university preparation program for administrative training, this paper presents new thinking by suggesting that the attitudinal foundation of mindfulness practice be embedded within course content for reflective, authentic, and case study assignments.

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