Dr. Rebecca C. Cortes is a research scientist at Cultivate Learning in the College of Education at the University of Washington. She has a strong interest in empowering adult learners to engage in best practices that promote optimal child development. She served as the lead developer of the UW Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching, an in-person/online program that provides a unified professional development system for coaches in WA State. Dr. Cortes is co-developer of the evidence-based PATHS® PreK/K curriculum and lead author of the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start edition of PATHS® PreK curriculum, both of which aim to enhance the social, emotional and academic competence of young children. Her work as a PATHS® curriculum developer and trainer for over 20 years has led to her strong interest in and support of mindfulness as an essential professional development practice for early childhood educators.