Mindfulness in Schools
Mindfulness is simply the act of being in the present moment no matter what internal or external experience arises. I offer mindfulness training in several different formats and for different audiences.
Mindfulness in the Classroom
I am trained by Mindful Schools to teach their Mindful Schools K-12 Curriculum directly to students. This curriculum is designed to be delivered in the classroom for 25 minutes twice a week for 8 weeks, though it does not need to follow that precise schedule.
Mindfulness for Teachers Course
This program is solely focused on teacher wellness. Research shows that when teachers develop their own mindfulness practice aimed at teacher wellness, there are many positive student outcomes.
Participants will learn:
Mindfulness Professional Development
I deliver workshops tailored to your school or district’s needs and goals. Content can include but is not limited to:
Why Mindfulness for Teachers?
Eligible Participants: Pre K-12 General Educators, Special Educators, and Administrators
Duration: 6-8 sessions (6-8 hours)
Location: In person or online
Research shows that when teachers develop their own mindfulness practice aimed at teacher wellness, there are many positive student outcomes. (University of Virginia, 2017) In fact, the best way to bring mindfulness to students is through mindful teachers.
Participants can expect:
Why Mindfulness in the classroom?
Eligible Participants: …
Family and Community Engagement
Village Parenting offers consulting to schools that are seeking to increase family and community engagement.
Using the latest research from the Global Family Research Project, I can help your school:
- Family Engagement for the K-12 Educator: An Overview
- Developing a Family Engagement Plan (2-day training)
- Positive Communication with Parents Workshop
Frequently Asked Questions
We already have a Social Emotional Learning Curriculum. Does this replace it?
No. Mindfulness enhances students’ ability to access what was learned from the social emotional curriculum. It teaches sensory awareness and anchoring so that the student can access previously taught strategies during the heat of the moment.
Don’t teachers already have enough to do?
Most teachers are feeling the burden of increased curriculum demands. This curriculum is designed to be delivered in short, manageable chunks of time (20 minutes) either once or twice a week — and I am the one teaching it.
The classroom teacher is able to participate in the lesson and reap the benefits of practicing mindfulness as well. When mindfulness is incorporated into the culture of a classroom, many teachers find that they can actually accomplish more and feel less stress throughout the day.
Note, this should not be a mandated addition to curriculum, and teachers should only incorporate this if they are inclined to try it. Mindfulness will not be effective if there isn’t buy-in from the classroom teacher.
I know that mindfulness is making its mark in education. How do I get started?
Let me come and present to your staff and see if teachers are interested in having me come to their classrooms!